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Scampi-make it with chicken or shrimp or have both
Chicken or Shrimp Scampi
All about the scampi
This recipe is another recipe from my grandmother. When she was younger, she and my grandfather started their own seafood company. She knows how to cook seafood and her scampi was always one of my favorites. It is fun to make and delicious as leftovers.
I have, at certain times, made both the chicken and the shrimp simultaneously. Some of our family members don’t like shrimp so I like to make both when we all get together. The pictures that I took for this hub were taken during a birthday party where we hosted fifteen people. I took the recipe I am giving you and multiplied it by four for the chicken scampi and multiplied it by two for the shrimp scampi. This was enough to serve all fifteen people and we had enough leftovers for about six more servings. The scampi is almost even better as leftovers. After it has a chance to sit and marinate the flavor seeps into the meat and pasta.
For this hub I included pictures on how I doubled it for the shrimp scampi. The pictures I included for the chicken scampi are strictly from the recipe given. The end product however is multiplied by four. For one bag of chicken I recommend tripling or quadrupling this recipe. The recipe as it stands can cook with two pounds of shrimp or four chicken breasts cut into pieces. I have a family of six so I have to make more. The more you make it, the more you can see what ratio of sauce to meat works best for your family. We like extra sauce so I always make extra.
I prepared the chicken scampi in a slow cooker and the shrimp scampi in an electric skillet. The chicken itself was prepared on the grill and allowed to marinate in the slow cooker for about a half an hour before the guests arrived. Shrimp cooks so fast that I put it in in the last ten minutes before my guests arrived. Either preparation can be used but in having to do both at the same time, I thought I would give you some choices.
My grandmother likes to melt all of her ingredients together and then pour over the raw shrimp to marinate overnight in the fridge. She then throws it in a skillet the next day and heats it up for dinner. I have never tried it this way but she swears to it. She also says that shrimp still in the peel is best. I prefer raw, deveined, tail-on shrimp. Walmart is a great place to get a frozen bag of this. It cost me about $6.98 per bag and I bought 3 bags of jumbo shrimp for my party. This was perfect for a doubling of the sauce recipe.
For the chicken, I recommend the Tyson raw frozen tenders in the bag. After thawing them out in the fridge for two days, you can cook them up in an electric skillet with some olive oil but I recommend grilling them. I have tried both but cooking them on the grill produces a better flavor and helps them be more tender.
This recipe will take a little longer than most to prepare and it is quite a bit to clean up. I save it for special occasions usually or when I want to make my family something special. It is worth it for the taste. This is one of my favorite dinners to eat. I like to pair it with asparagus or broccoli. A ceasar salad and garlic bread make good sides also.
I hope you take the time to make this delicious dinner and I hope you enjoy.
Combine both meats for an extra-good taste.
Cook Time for Shrimp Scampi
Ingredients for sauce
- 1/2 cup White cooking wine
- 1/2 cup Butter
- 1/2 cup Parmesan
- 1 tsp. Garlic (or garlic salt), chopped
- 1 1/2 tsp. Lemon Juice
- 2 tsp. Parsley
Instructions for shrimp scampi
- Turn your skillet to it's lowest setting and assemble your ingredients.
- Place your ingredients into skillet in the following order: butter, wine, parmesan, garlic, lemon juice, and parsley.
- Cook on low until butter is melted stirring occasionally so it does not stick.
- Place your shrimp in a strainer and run cold water on them until they thaw.
- Peel off the shells if they have shells.
- Once your sauce is melted and your shrimp is thawed, place your shrimp in skillet and turn your skillet up to 200 degrees.
- Cook and stir until shrimp is done. Turn back down to warm. Serve over angel hair pasta. Enjoy!
I doubled this recipe for shrimp scampi. Extra sauce is always good.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Instructions for chicken scampi.
1. Prepare your chicken on the grill. When done, cut into bite-sized pieces.
2. If using an electric skillet prepare the same as shrimp scampi.
3. If using a slow cooker, combine all of your ingredients and cook on low for a half an hour before adding the chicken.
4. Once chicken is added cook for another half an hour. Stir occasionally.
5. Serve over angel hair pasta.
Cook time for Chicken Scampi
Prep time: Cook chicken on the grill for 10 minutes on Medium High. Remove and cut into small bite-sized pieces. Add ingredients to slow cooker. This takes a total of 20 minutes.
Cook time: Once you add the cooked chicken to the slow cooker, cook for at least 30 minutes.
Ready in: 1 hour
Yields: Serves 2-4 people