Thick Thighs & Shrimp with Red Curry Pasta


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Let me tell you what I was thinking on this one. I was really thinking about Surf and Turf.  But then I said people know surf and turf already.  What combination is as notorious as steak and shrimp?  Thick thighs and skrimp.. Yeeeeessssss.



3 tablespoons extra-virgin olive oil
1 small sweet onion, diced (about 1 cup)
3 garlic cloves, minced or grated (or 1 1/2 tbsp garlic paste)
1/2 cup diced celery
1/2 cup shredded carrot
1/2 cup fire roasted red pepper
1 pound lean ground beef
2 tablespoons Tastic spice*
1/2 cup dry white wine (such as Chardonnay)
1- 28-ounce can crushed tomatoes (I like fire roasted)
1 1/2 tablespoons dried basil
2 tablespoons red curry paste 
4 bone-in chicken thighs, skin-on (rinsed and patted dry)
1 pound medium size shrimp, peeled & deveined, tail-on or off
More Tastic spice
1 lemon
1 tablespoon butter


  1. Cook pasta according to package and al dente.
  2. In a large skillet, heat olive oil to medium-high.
  3. Add the carrot, celery, peppers, onion and garlic and sauté for about 10 minutes or until the vegetables are translucent and tender, stirring occasionally.
  4. Add the ground beef, Tastic and sauté for about 10 minutes, breaking the meat up as it cooks.
  5. While beef is cooking preheat oven to 350 and heat a medium sauce pan on high heat with a drizzle of oil.
  6. Season chicken liberally on both sides with Tastic spice.
  7. Sear chicken (skin side down) for 3-4 minutes until skin crisps. Flip and finish in oven until chicken hits 165 degrees.
  8. Add wine, tomatoes, curry paste and basil. Stir to combine. Simmer the sauce for 20 – 25 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  9. While sauce simmers heat another small pan (high heat) with a drizzle of olive oil and season shrimp liberally with shrimp.  
  10. Add shrimp to pan and sear on one side for 1-2 minutes until edges turn pink.  Flip and cook another 30 seconds.  Squeeze lemon juice over top.
  11. To serve add pasta to sauce, toss and place in bowl.  Add a chicken thigh and spoon some sauce over.  Add a few shrimp on top and spoon more sauce on if desired.

GARNISH IDEAS: Shave your favorite hard cheese, dried herbs, chopped parsley or green onions.


* Tastic Spice is available HERE

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