$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
    Maggie Griffin
    September 10, 2013 at 4:47 am

    I’m a big SOUP person, so I’d use the same basic idea and turn it into tomato basil bruschetta soup!! Add some chicken broth to make the soup part, and it’ll be good to go! And since I love mushrooms, I’d probably add a jar of mushrooms to the mix. Hey, you could even add a bag of frozen mixed veggies, or some spinach and amp up the nutrition even more!

  2. 2
    kate mccown
    September 10, 2013 at 6:20 am

    Creamy Italian noodles and chicken

  3. 3
    September 10, 2013 at 6:27 am

    I am intrigued by your recipe for Basil Marinara Chicken Pasta and will make it for my family this week.

  4. 4
    September 10, 2013 at 6:28 am

    This looks good and easy!

  5. 5
    September 10, 2013 at 6:30 am

    Verde chicken enchilada, yum, yum!!!

  6. 6
    September 10, 2013 at 6:41 am

    Add it to italian sausage and/or hamburger while browning to add some flavor in making homemade spaghetti sauce.

  7. 7
    September 10, 2013 at 6:43 am

    Can’t wait to try this chicken and pasta dish! Love your blog! It’s my go-to for yummy new dinner ideas! Every one that I’ve tried has been a hut with this hungry family of 5! L

  8. 8
    September 10, 2013 at 6:47 am

    Love all the “super easy” recipes you put together here! The flavors here lend themselves to incorporating farfalle + spinach and fresh tomatoes too! Yum!

  9. 9
    Michelle Smith
    September 10, 2013 at 6:49 am

    This basil marinara looks so good! My kids will be so excited, they love pasta. (And I love dinnertime with no complaints).

  10. 10
    September 10, 2013 at 7:09 am

    After looking at your yum recipe, I went to see what other options they had…Amazing choices. I will not only be trying yours but the Verde Chicken Chili one next. They all look good, and a great variety.

  11. 11
    BJ Wells
    September 10, 2013 at 7:09 am

    A great give-a-way. Many uses for $100 gift card in this family. Buy lots of groceries.


  12. 12
    September 10, 2013 at 7:12 am

    The sweet and sour chicken sounds like it would be right for my chineese food loving family! Thanks for sharing.

  13. 13
    Robin B.
    September 10, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I made the Asian one just last week. I had a great coupon so I got it for only $1. Everyone liked it and it was really easy! I usually only make sauces from scratch but this was a nice, easy change.

  14. 14
    Jenni P
    September 10, 2013 at 7:16 am

    Love the Kraft box idea! It be great to throw in sauce to put over chicken parmesan.

  15. 15
    September 10, 2013 at 7:20 am

    I think my family would like the verde chicken one as well!

  16. 16
    April Cyr
    September 10, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I’ve really been wanting to make some stuffed shells. This would be great for mixing with the cheeses, chicken and spinach I’d like to use. Thank you for sharing this great idea!

  17. 17
    September 10, 2013 at 7:55 am

    Several of these would make amazing chicken and pasta dishes.

  18. 18
    September 10, 2013 at 8:03 am

    That recipe looks great. Can’t wait to try it and will probably add some veggies to it.

  19. 19
    September 10, 2013 at 8:16 am


  20. 20
    Krystal T
    September 10, 2013 at 8:17 am

    I would use the Three Cheese Chicken Florentine as a pizza sauce! (it would be a chicken pizza! Yumm

  21. 21
    September 10, 2013 at 8:20 am

    Definently pasta.

  22. 22
    September 10, 2013 at 8:21 am

    The sweet and sour chicken sounds like it would be right for my family! Thanks for sharing this great products!

  23. 23
    Jennifer s
    September 10, 2013 at 8:21 am

    I think shrimp and rice with the Asian sauces would be yummy!

  24. 24
    September 10, 2013 at 8:58 am

    I think that the basil bruschetta pasta would be amazing! What a fabulous idea by Kraft to make dinner so much easier.

  25. 25
    September 10, 2013 at 9:12 am

    I would make exactly what you did! It looks wonderful. Thank you!

  26. 26
    Kelly D
    September 10, 2013 at 9:21 am

    I would make sweet & sour shrimp with pineapple and a side of rice.

  27. 27
    Kelly D
    September 10, 2013 at 9:22 am

  28. 28
    September 10, 2013 at 9:28 am

    This looks tasty! I would use these two flavors and make spaghetti sauce or some type of spaghetti bake. Yummy!!!

  29. 29
    September 10, 2013 at 9:36 am

    I would make a crock pot chicken,using the Basil Garlic sauce. Then in a bakers dish layer red sauce, cooked medium shells, add cheeses, cut up cooked chicken and layer on top. sprinkle Parmesan cheese on top and bake until melted.

  30. 30
    Cheryl Ellis
    September 10, 2013 at 9:38 am

    I hope they have a chicken Marsala package.

  31. 31
    September 10, 2013 at 10:02 am

    these are a great idea for busy families that otherwise wouldn’t have dinner together at home.

  32. 32
    Dana K
    September 10, 2013 at 10:09 am

    Looks great! I’m off to see what other dishes they offer!

  33. 33
    September 10, 2013 at 10:26 am

    Chicken and pasta—looks yummy!

  34. 34
    Diana Farley
    September 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

    Would definitely try the Chicken Bruschetta on my 3 picky boys. Looks like it would be a hit!

  35. 35
    September 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

    I would use the Three Cheese Ckn Florentine with tortellini!! Yummy. Now that my first is in school with dance and soccer and my other child has his apirts classes I’m always needing ideas to help get dinner on the table a little quicker on those busy nights!!! So excited about these. Thanks for doing a post on them- I had not heard about them yet!

  36. 36
    September 10, 2013 at 10:28 am

    *sports -gotta love auto correct 🙂

  37. 37
    Kim Hoover
    September 10, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I think I would try this with steak! I bet it would taste amazing!!!

  38. 38
    September 10, 2013 at 10:41 am

    This looks soooo good. If I were to fix for dinner I would add Veges like broccoli , cauliflower , and carrots maybe squash. Or change it up and instead of chicken put shrimp and a side salad. Thank Jamie

  39. 39
    September 10, 2013 at 10:46 am

    The 3 Cheese Florentine looks delish!

  40. 40
    September 10, 2013 at 10:51 am

    That looks so good, and I want to make it.

  41. 41
    September 10, 2013 at 10:55 am

    Friday night is family night at my house. The Hickory BBQ Beef is one I would like to try with a chuck roast to feed my gang. We would top off the sandwiches with cole slaw.

  42. 42
    Debra Robin
    September 10, 2013 at 10:56 am

    Looks like something worth trying

  43. 43
    September 10, 2013 at 10:57 am

    I would make it into a spaghetti sauce.

  44. 44
    September 10, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Oh yum- a pasta casserole for sure.

  45. 45
    Tammy M.
    September 10, 2013 at 10:59 am

    I would definitely try this recipe. Thank you!

  46. 46
    Melissa M.
    September 10, 2013 at 11:01 am

    I would make chicken enchilladas first and then have to try the pot roast next.They sound yummy!

  47. 47
    September 10, 2013 at 11:06 am

    Gonna have to give this a try! Thanks for sharing! My family has greatly benefited from your blog! 😉

  48. 48
    Ingrid W.
    September 10, 2013 at 11:08 am

    I would make your yummy recipe! Maybe just add a little fresh chopped basil.

  49. 49
    annette turello
    September 10, 2013 at 11:11 am


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    Tricia H.
    September 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Looks amazing! Cant’t wait to try it. Would be yummy with some italian or hot sausage in place of the chicken.

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