Monday, September 15, 2014

(Skinny) Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta

If you love Bang Bang Shrimp, you'll love this pasta - and it's low calorie, to boot! Just 350 calories a serving!

Bang Bang Shrimp is perhaps one of the most popular chain restaurant appetizers - and for good reason. It's addictive, creamy, and slightly spicy. I made a copycat version several years ago and while my photo is awful, the recipe is delicious. The only downside to that version? The calories! We're talking deep fried shrimp. Droolworthy but too much of a splurge to be a regular weeknight meal.

This version? You'll add it to your menu rotation in no time flat. Fast, easy, and guiltless. The shrimp is well seasoned and quickly sauteed while the pasta cooks. Toss with a flavorful sauce and you've got dinner on the table in 20 minutes or less! The chili sauce has some heat to it but not burn-your-face-off heat. If you like spice, be sure and up the Sriracha sauce.

Not gonna lie. We fought over these leftovers :)

You should be able to find the Thai Sweet Chili Sauce in the international aisle at your grocery store. Note: this is not the same as Heinz Chili Sauce. 

{Skinny} Bang Bang Shrimp Pasta
8 ounces angel hair pasta
2 teaspoons cornstarch
1 tablespoon paprika
1 teaspoon salt
1/2 teaspoon black pepper
1 pound medium shrimp, shelled and deveined
1 tablespoon coconut oil
6 tablespoons light mayonnaise
1/4 cup Thai Sweet Chili Sauce
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons Sriracha (or more, if you like it hot!)
3 green onions, chopped

Cook the angel hair pasta according to package directions. Drain, return to the pot, and set aside.

Combine the cornstarch, paprika, salt, and pepper in a gallon sized ziptop bag. Add the shrimp, seal, and shake gently until the shrimp are well coated.

Heat the coconut oil in a large wok over medium-high heat. Cook the shrimp, stirring often, until pink and cooked through, about 3-4 minutes.

In a small bowl, whisk together the mayonnaise, chili sauce, lime juice, and Sriracha. Taste and add salt and pepper if needed.

Pour the sauce over the cooked pasta and toss together. Add the shrimp and toss gently.

Serve topped with chopped green onions. 

Source: adapted from Skinny Mom (includes full nutritional info)

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