In my fridge, I also found one chicken breast that needed to be cooked. My husband isn't wild about shrimp, but my son and I love it. So, I quickly marinated the chicken in olive and oil and garlic-- and I then I grilled it on my cast iron pan:
I figured I'd slice the chicken and serve that with the pasta-- that way everyone would be happy!
I love Shrimp Scampi, but there is a ton of butter and garlic which adds up to a LOT of fat grams. I thought of a delicious Tilapia Picatta recipe I had recently made, and so I got busy in the kitchen. This version is one that I make as a quick Work Week Meal. I use less butter and more chicken stock, but it's still very tasty and satisfying.
I didn't measure, so I've tried to recreate what I think would work:
Raw Shrimp, deveined (tails on or off)-- I was cooking this dish for three servings, so I calculated about 8 large sized shrimp per person
(Note: I buy my frozen shrimp at Trader Joe's)
2 Tbsp. Olive Oil, divided
1 Tbsp. Unsalted Butter
Generous Splash (about 1/4 cup)White White (I use sauvignon blanc)
Chicken stock (about 1/2 cup)
2 cloves of garlic, finely minced
Italian parsley, finely chopped (about 1-2 Tbsp)
Linguini (cooked according to box directions-- fettuccine or any kind of spaghetti pasta is OK)
Parmesan cheese (grated)
- If the shrimp is frozen, I do a "quick thaw" by soaking in water (takes 10 minutes)
- Cook pasta, in salted water, according to directions.
- Drain pasta, reserving about 1 cup of pasta water
- In a skillet, heat 1 Tbsp olive oil and saute' shrimp, until they just turn pink (no more than 2-3 minutes). Overcooked shrimp turns tough!
- Remove shrimp and set aside (I put mine in a lightly warmed oven)
- Add the rest of the olive oil and butter.
- Add garlic and cook, until just fragrant (about 30 seconds)
- Add the wine and cook for about 1 minute
- Add the chicken stock; cook at medium heat until slightly reduced (3-5 minutes)
- Return the shrimp to the skillet
Add the pasta and combine; turn off heat
- Note: if the pasta appears too dry or stick, add a little pasta water to moisten
- Add fresh parsley and parmesan cheese
I felt much better-- especially when the "boys" did the cleanup!