Chicken and Shrimp Pepperoni

During my restaurant days one of my favorite dishes to make was Chicken Pepperoni.  Not only was it a delicious dish, but it reminded me of the time I spent with Mama Jeanette, and how she taught me so much about food and about myself.

Chicken was always a favorite in my restaurant, so I did my best to make the dishes special, flavorful and filling.  They needed to have sauces that made you want to get every  last bit with a piece of crusty bread, and I didn’t want you leaving my table hungry!   Mama Jeanette would tell me “Sonny Boy, you fill their stomach, and you fill their heart but most importantly you fill their soul.  That’s how you measure success, Sonny Boy” .    And Mama Jeanette was always right.

So for my customers that would do me the honor of spending their hard earned money on my food, I gave my all.    I would do my best to offer less expensive options that would still make their nights memorable and  fill their souls.  This is one of those dishes.


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Chicken and Shrimp Pepperoni
 
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Recipe type: Entree
Cuisine: Italian
Serves: 3
Ingredients
  • 1 lb (450 g) boneless skinless chicken thighs
  • 9 16-20 count shrimp about ½ lb (230 g)
  • 1 smallred bell pepper seeded and sliced
  • 8 oz (230 g) mushrooms sliced
  • 4 oz (113 g) artichoke hearts in brine, sliced plus a little juice from the can
  • 2 oz (56 g) pepperoni sliced, (quartered if using deli slicing pepperoni)
  • 1 clove garlic sliced
  • 8 oz (240 ml) chicken stock
  • 2 oz (56 ml) marinara sauce
  • splash of white wine
  • ¼ cup grated Romano cheese
  • 1 tsp (5 g) chopped Italian parsley
  • 1 pinch of crushed red pepper flakes
  • seasoned flour (salt and pepper) to dredge the chicken in and for the beurre manie
  • 1 tbsp (15 g) butter
  • olive oil as needed
  • 1 lb (450 g)linguine or spaghetti
Instructions
  1. Heat a large Saute pan, then add Olive oil and garlic slices.
  2. Dredge chicken thighs in seasoned flour and add to hot oil. Let chicken cook for 2 minutes until done on one side and has a little color, then turn over and add sliced peppers, and mushrooms.
  3. Continue to saute for 4 or 5 minutes, mixing ingredients to insure that the peppers and mushrooms start to cook.
  4. Add the shrimp and continue to cook until, shrimp are almost fully cooked.
  5. Add the white wine to deglaze the pan and stop the cooking.
  6. Now add the chicken stock, marinara, artichoke hearts(along with some of the juice), Romano cheese and red pepper flakes. mix well.
  7. Remove the shrimp from the pan and add ther pepperoni slices, and allow ingredients to reduce slightly 3 -5 minutes.
  8. ,Remove the pan from the heat and add the shrimp back into the pan
  9. Cook your pasta per instructions on the box. Remember to make it al dente’.
  10. Two minutes before your pasta is done, start to heat your Chicken and Shrimp Pepperoni, roll butter in seasoned flour, and add to pan to thicken sauce
  11. Continue to heat on medium heat as you drain your pasta.
  12. Serve the chicken and shrimp pepperoni on a bed of linguine.
  13. ( If your sauce appears to thick or oily, add a little more water to it, this will help assimilate the oil, as well as thinning it out.)
Notes
You will see more oil in this dish then you probably want, but this comes from the pepperoni, once the pepperoni is in the pan, you want to limit the time it cooks, the more it cooks the more the dish will look oily. The pepperoni adds so much flavor, so you do need to let it spend some time in the pan combining with the other flavors.

 

When you make this for your family and friends have more grated Romano cheese available and some good crusty bread.   Add a nice tossed salad and glass of wine and you’ll be in heaven!    Just remember to think of me and drink a toast to Mama Jeanette!

Have a great week my friends!

 

Comments

  1. Oh yes… with more more more cheese…. yum! Love this a lot!

  2. I love hearing about Mama Jeanette – I couldn’t agree more – food feeds the soul. I know that’s how I show my love for my family and friends.

  3. Looks fantastic, Dennis! Thanks for sharing!

  4. I have a feeling this one would go over VERY well in our house…

  5. Wow, this sounds like one of those things I’d have to push myself away from the table because I wouldn’t be able to stop eating it. Pinned

  6. Since I really enjoyed the chicken only version I know I’d love it with the addition of shrimp.

  7. I’ll toast to that! Your Mama Jeanette was a wise woman.

  8. I’ll be Mama Jeanette was Italian?! It’s amazing how as she says good food does fill the soul. Nothing like a great meal with wine, especially this time of year when we’re having just about our first fall rain where I live. The combo of chicken, shrimp, salami and cheese together have that umami element built in- yum!

    • Mama Jeanette was half Italian on her Mother’s side and French Cajun on her Fathers side, quite an interesting combination. She was a very special person.

  9. Yum! This chicken-shrimp-pepperoni just made me super hungry! Thanks for sharing on this Monday, Chef Dennis!

  10. Thanks Betty Ann!

  11. This looks absolutely amazing! I would never have though to combine chicken & pepperoni! I will definitely have to give this one a try!

  12. Oh my!! What a lovely dish!!!

  13. what a delicious combination…i never would have put those three meats together! yum!

  14. That looks so gorgeous! I will definitely be trying this dish this weekend!

  15. Kathy Sargent says:

    Just made this over the weekend for my husband. I omitted the mushrooms and artichokes as he is not a fan, but the result was still amazing!

    I have shared this with my sisters and family and can’t wait to hear their thoughts when they try it out! :)

    • hi Kathy

      so glad to hear you made my dish and that he enjoyed it! It really is a tasty dish! I look forward to hearing how your other family members like it!

      cheers
      Dennis

  16. This is fantastic. I love shrimp with pasta. Probably I would add some cheese powder on top. I love cheese with pasta too. Think to bake it for a while too. It should come out some great smell and flavor. :)

  17. Chef Dennis! My paisan! My wife told me this was one of the best meals I’ve ever cooked. I’m trying one of your beef dishes next. Any recommendations?

    • thanks Joe, happy to hear you enjoyed the chicken and shrimp pepperoni! As for beef I don’t do too much with it since I stopped eating beef a long time ago, but my wife still enjoys beef so I do make a beef braciole thats a little different but has some nice flavors.

      Cheers
      Dennis

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