What to cook for a vague occasion..

Here's a random one: I'm getting some pretty big news next week, and I promised I'd cook a few (5?) friends dinner in exchange for either celebrating the good news with me or being there for the bad news. I want to make something not too complicated, because I'll be working until a few hours before we eat, but it doesn't have to be super simple either. And possibly something comforting (in case of the bad) but not overly heavy (in case a good news dance party breaks out). I plan on using either shrimp or chicken as a protein. I can't do a gourmet meal, but price isn't a huge issue.

Any suggestions?

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