$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway and Basil Marinara Chicken Pasta from Kraft Recipe Makers

$100 Visa Gift Card Giveaway and Basil Marinara Chicken Pasta from Kraft Recipe Makers

Today, I am sharing a super EASY dinner recipe with you. The words Easy and Dinner just belong in the same sentence, don’t they! I know you agree. Getting dinner on the table in a swift manner is a blessing. Kraft has developed a new line of products, Kraft Recipe Makers,  that helps families get dinner on the table quickly, without sacrificing flavor.


In every box there are two tasty sauces. You mix them with your own fresh ingredients…pasta, chicken and cheese in the case of the recipe I am sharing today. And that’s it! Dinner is done and on the table and wow, will your family be smiling! Now the only thing you could possibly have left to do is the dishes. And then I bet you need to help with a little homework, solve a few sibling squabbles, sweep the floor, run Joe to ball practice, help Mary practice the piano, wash your face and kiss your sweetheart. All in a good day of fun, right? 🙂 Life can get so hectic and busy! It’s nice to have at least one chore simplified now and then. Thank you Kraft!

I enlisted the help of my daughter Anna and my nieces Belle, Hannah and Salena to put together a little video about Kraft Recipe Makers. My sister Valerie Crosby, mom-in-law Jill Eskelson and cousin Barb Griffis helped put it together. We had a fun time! 


Now, let me show you how easy this meal is to put together.


Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta

Time: 30 minutes
Yield: 4 servings
Recipe adapted from Kraft

1/2 (16 ounce) box medium shell pasta
2 large chicken breasts (1 1/2 pounds)
1 box Kraft Recipe Makers Chicken Bruschetta Pasta
2 T butter
1 C grated parmesan cheese, divided



1. Find a medium-sized sauce pan and fill it with hot water. Bring it to a boil, then add half a 1 pound box of medium shell pasta. Cook the pasta until it’s still a bit firm in the center. Pour the pasta into a colander you have placed in your sink. Run warm water over it.


2. Slice 2 large chicken breasts into thin strips with a pair of sharp kitchen scissors. Heat a large, deep skillet over medium high heat. Pour 1-2 tablespoons of the Basil Garlic sauce into the pan. Add the chicken and pour all but half of the sauce over it. Give everything a nice stir so the chicken gets coated with the sauce.


3. Allow the chicken to cook through, stirring occasionally. The sauce will start to cook down and evaporate. Once this happens the chicken will start to get a pretty sear along each piece. This will add a lot of flavor.


4. When the chicken has cooked through and is golden brown add the pasta and the remaining Basil Garlic sauce. 5. Add 2 tablespoons of butter and 1/3 cup parmesan cheese. Give it a stir to incorporate.


6. Carefully pour the chunky bruschetta  sauce over the top of the pasta and chicken.


7. Top with the remaining 2/3 cup parmesan cheese. Turn the heat off and cover the pan so the cheese can melt. Serve and enjoy!


Kraft and BlogHer are offering one of you wonderful readers a $100 Visa Gift Card. To enter the giveaway just leave me a comment telling me what kind of yummy week night meal you would make with these sauces.  

Rules: No duplicate comments. You may receive (2) total entries by selecting from the following entry methods: a) Leave a comment in response to the sweepstakes prompt on this post b) Pin an image on Pinterest that either (i) is your favorite two-sauce dish or (ii) is from one of the Promotion’s participating blog posts, including exactly the following unique term in the Description field: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that pin in a comment on this post c) Tweet (public message) about this promotion; including exactly the following unique term in your tweet message: “#SweepstakesEntry”; and leave the URL to that tweet in a comment on this post d) Blog about this promotion, including a disclosure that you are receiving a sweepstakes entry in exchange for writing the blog post, and leave the URL to that post in a comment on this post e) For those with no Twitter or blog, read the official rules to learn about an alternate form of entry. This giveaway is open to US Residents age 18 or older. Winners will be selected via random draw, and will be notified by e-mail. You have 72 hours to get back to me, otherwise a new winner will be selected.

The Official Rules are available here.


This sweepstakes runs from 9/9/13 – 10/27/13.


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  1. 1
    Elizabeth Ray
    October 27, 2013 at 4:22 am

    Chicken al fredo

  2. 2
    October 27, 2013 at 7:57 am

    I’d make the chicken alfredo w/roasted veggies.

  3. 3
    JoAnna Carpentier
    October 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

    I would make shrimp with garlic and basil!

  4. 4
    October 27, 2013 at 8:09 am

    Chicken tacos! Yum! Or chicken anything.. I have 60 pounds of chicken from Zaycon.

  5. 5
    Lisa R.
    October 27, 2013 at 9:08 am

    Garlic and basil chicken on fresh pasta with a really good cheese.

  6. 6
    Douglas Houston
    October 27, 2013 at 9:19 am

    Shrimp and angel hair pasta

  7. 7
    Chelsea A
    October 27, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I’d make sweet * sour tofu with the sweet and sour recipe makers ..! sauces sound good! your recipe looks great!

  8. 9
    Buddy Garrett
    October 27, 2013 at 10:34 am

    I would make a sweet and sour chicken casserole.

  9. 10
    Colin Glendon
    October 27, 2013 at 10:36 am

    I would do basil marinara pork with pasta.

  10. 11
    October 27, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Sweet and sour chicken

  11. 12
    October 27, 2013 at 1:02 pm

    I would like to try to vegetarian up the Shrimp Puttanesca recipe using the Chicken Bruschetta Pasta sauces with some vegan fake shrimp!

  12. 13
    October 27, 2013 at 1:03 pm

  13. 14
    October 27, 2013 at 1:23 pm

    I would make the chicken bruschetta pasta.

  14. 15
    Sarah Marshall
    October 27, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I would make the Chicken Cacciatore recipe!

  15. 16
    susan smoaks
    October 27, 2013 at 3:02 pm

    i would love to make the Shrimp Puttanesca recipe it looks really good

  16. 17
    Savannah miller
    October 27, 2013 at 3:06 pm

    I would make a really yummy Chicken parm 🙂

  17. 18
    October 27, 2013 at 3:22 pm

    I’d love to make Chicken Alfredo over Penne Pasta or Linguine. Yum!

  18. 19
    October 27, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    I would love to bake a baked pasta with the Chicken Bruschetta Pasta.

  19. 20
    October 27, 2013 at 4:17 pm

    Id love to make Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta

  20. 21
    Vikki Billings
    October 27, 2013 at 4:20 pm

    I would make the three cheese chicken florentine!

  21. 22
    October 27, 2013 at 4:54 pm

    I’d make a pasta bake with fall veggies.

  22. 23
    Marcy Strahan
    October 27, 2013 at 5:44 pm

    I would make a crawfish & noodle cassrole!

  23. 24
    Cyntnhia Sizemore
    October 27, 2013 at 6:07 pm

    I would make basil garlic chicken over linguini.

  24. 25
    Lauren S.
    October 27, 2013 at 6:56 pm

    This recipe looks easy and delicious! I think I will add it to our “menu” this week and try it out!!!

  25. 26
    Sandra VanHoey
    October 27, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Chicken cacciatore since my dad use to make it for me until my pacemaker kept quitting it seemed every time he made it so he quit making it for me. ( I was young when I got my pacemaker and he is now passed)

  26. 27
    Karrie Millheim
    October 27, 2013 at 8:33 pm

    I love the Chicken Cacciatore recipe!

  27. 28
    lauren knott
    October 27, 2013 at 8:59 pm

    I would make a chicken dish with this sauce poured over it in the crock pot. YUM!

  28. 29
    October 27, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    cream of chicken and cheese with my chicken

  29. 30
    Mihaela Day
    October 27, 2013 at 9:50 pm

    I’d make the chicken alfredo w/roasted veggies 🙂

  30. 31
    December 18, 2013 at 6:33 am

    An impressive share! I have just forwarded this onto a co-worker who was conducting a little homework on this.
    And he actually ordered me dinner simply because I
    found it for him… lol. So allow me to reword this….

    Thanks for the meal!! But yeah, thanx for spending some
    time to discuss this subject here on your site.

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