Spicy shrimp and chicken is quickly becoming a dinner favorite in my house. This meal brings to the table a spicy variety that is something my family has been looking for. To increase the nutritional content found in the meal add sun dried tomatoes, mushrooms and fresh spinach. Health experts recommend that you consume seafood twice a week.
Well balanced meals that include a mixture of fish and spicy shellfish is beneficial for heart health, proper growth and development in kids and reduce the risk of cardiovascular diseases. They also provide daily percentage of protein adult bodies require. Salmon, chicken, and mahi mahi are excellent sources of lean protein.
The daily recommendation for adult female is to consume 46 grams of protein a week and 56 grams for an adult male. Seafood is an excellent source of lean protein. Shrimp or prawns alone contain 23 grams of protein. Chicken contains 29 grams and spinach 5 grams of protein. Now do you see the incredible mineral punch you will be giving your body by eating this delicious meal?
Preparing Spicy Shrimp and Chicken
The best shrimp to use is fresh uncooked version. They can be frozen but as long as they are uncooked they will be best to season. Once they are thawed squeeze the juice of two lemons, 14-20 drops of cayenne pepper sauce, salt n pepper, celery seed and thyme in a bowl and mix together. Place shrimp and marinade mixture in a ziplocked bag. Evenly coat shrimp and place in refrigerator for at least 45 mins. If you are using chicken you can follow the exact same process to season.
In a sperate pot cook the fettucine according to the package directions. Make the sauce. Once cooked set aside. In cast iron skillet add 1 tbsp. of avocado oil to pan. When hot add chicken to pan. When halfway cooked, add shrimp until fully cooked. Next add the sauce, along with mushroom and spinach. When spinach is limp add in the fettucine.
Safety Concerns with Shellfish
Some shellfish may contain chemicals that can cause illness. Such chemicals include mercury, dioxins, and chlordane to name a few. When containment levels are unsafe, fish and shellfish advisories help people make an informed decision before fishing or consuming the fish. Some advisories limit the consumption of the fish while other limit where you can fish.
Always wash cutting boards, knives and any other utensils used in preparing fish and shellfish in hot soapy water. This will kill any bacteria and viruses that may have been present in the fish. Use a antibacterial spray to further disinfect all surfaces before and after use.
Ingredients for Sauce
- 6 tablespoons butter
- 1 garlic clove minced
- 2 tbsp. flour
- 1 cup chicken broth
- 1/2 cup of Italian cheese mix
- Salt, pepper and red chilly flakes to taste
- parsley to garnish
Ingredients for Spicy Shrimp and Chicken Marinade
- 2 lemon juice (fresh)
- 20 drops cayenne pepper sauce
- ½ tsp fresh ground black pepper, thyme, celery seed
- 1 cup thinly sliced green pepper and onion
- 1 tbsp. avocado oil
- ½ sliced sun dried tomatoes
- Cajun spice blend to taste
- Sauté the spicy shrimp and chicken until fully cooked. Next add in the green pepper, onion and mushrooms and sun dried tomato. Add in additional Cajun spices.
- Next add in sauce and bring to a low simmer. Add the pasta and spinach. Allow to simmer for 5 minutes.
- Garnish with parsley and serve.