$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.


Post a comment!


  1. 1
    Jan R
    September 10, 2013 at 11:15 am

    I will try this pasta. Thanks for the giveaway!

  2. 2
    Sandra B.
    September 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I think I’d make a chicken quesadilla and use the tomato sauce for dipping in place of taco sauce.

  3. 3
    September 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

    I would make a chicken and pasta dish like you did….

  4. 4
    September 10, 2013 at 11:27 am

    chicken, artichoke, bacon pizza.

  5. 5
    Jennifer K.
    September 10, 2013 at 11:28 am

    I’m SO excited that you reviewed this. I saw a commercial about this and was intrigued to know if they were good or not! I really want to try the verde enchiladas with the verde sauce!

  6. 6
    September 10, 2013 at 11:29 am

    I’m thinking it might make a delicious rice dish! Terrific giveaway!

  7. 7
    Marissa Todd
    September 10, 2013 at 11:47 am

    Looks good and easy! Something I will definitely try for my family!

  8. 8
    September 10, 2013 at 11:52 am

    I would use multicolored noodles and chicken and double the recipe, as I have a large family

  9. 9
    Emily K.
    September 10, 2013 at 11:54 am

    The verde chicken enchilada is delicious!!

  10. 10
    Erin R.
    September 10, 2013 at 12:11 pm

    Looks nice! My husb and I make homemade noodles for dinner every Wednesday, so I’d like to try adding some of this to thick whole wheat noodles. Mmm.

  11. 11
    September 10, 2013 at 12:21 pm

    I would make this pasta, but maybe spice it up with the addition of spinach, artichoke and red pepper flakes. Sounds delicious!

  12. 12
    Jen Anderson
    September 10, 2013 at 12:22 pm

    I would make your recipe. It looks delish!

  13. 13
    Emily K.
    September 10, 2013 at 12:26 pm

  14. 14
    Heather L.
    September 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm

    I would make the recipe you just showed, it looks so good!

  15. 15
    Sharon Marshall
    September 10, 2013 at 12:31 pm

    I would love to make it just like you show! We have been trying wheat pasta of late so that is the only substitute I would make.

  16. 16
    September 10, 2013 at 12:34 pm

    I am making it tonight, now off to the store!

  17. 17
    September 10, 2013 at 12:35 pm

    I am making this tonight, now off to the store!

  18. 18
    Susan Broughton
    September 10, 2013 at 12:38 pm

    I like Chinese food, so I think some kind of stir fry recipe is what I would make. sbroughton61@yahoo.com

  19. 19
    September 10, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I think I would make a chicken sandwich type of meal

  20. 20
    September 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    I’d like to make turkey lasagna.

  21. 21
    September 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm

    Since both my husband and I are working 2 jobs each and raising 3 kiddos, I would just simplify things and make the pasta recipe you just showed us. It sounds yummy! Thanks for doing this giveaway!

  22. 22
    September 10, 2013 at 12:46 pm


  23. 23
    Joyce O.
    September 10, 2013 at 12:49 pm

    I tried the Fajita Recipe Makers variety. I used beef strips instead of chicken. If you like lime, salsa and chipotle spiciness, then you should try it.

  24. 24
    September 10, 2013 at 12:55 pm

    I will use them to make individual pizzas. I will use French bread instead of dough. My family love quick pizzas and everyone adds whatever toppings we have available in the fridge. Thanks for the suggestions.

  25. 25
    Briann neeley
    September 10, 2013 at 12:56 pm

    This looks so yummy! Thanks for the giveaway

  26. 26
    September 10, 2013 at 12:57 pm

    We tried this last week! The box I picked up had a coupon for chicken breasts too- I think it was at Target. It was yummy!

  27. 27
    Connie Pruitt
    September 10, 2013 at 1:08 pm

    Chicken and rice dinner.

  28. 28
    September 10, 2013 at 1:27 pm

    I would try this recipe, of course (Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta). I’ve trired many,many of your recipes and you’ve never steared me wrong!! Thanks for all those many wonderful meals my family has enjoyed!

  29. 29
    sandi r
    September 10, 2013 at 1:30 pm

    I would like the pineapple one and not only add chicken but also sausage….

  30. 30
    Casey C
    September 10, 2013 at 1:45 pm

    Your recipe, Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta looks delicious, so I would try this one. What a good idea from Kraft, and thanks for all the good recipes.

  31. 31
    September 10, 2013 at 1:46 pm

    chicken pizza. I would use the first sauce for the chicken and the tomato sauce for the pizza sauce base. YUM!

  32. 32
    September 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    chicken enchilada

  33. 33
    September 10, 2013 at 1:47 pm

    I haven’t tried these yet. I would like to try this recipe, it looks yummy.

  34. 34
    September 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    stuffed shells with ground turkey marinara.

  35. 35
    Andrea D.
    September 10, 2013 at 2:01 pm

    I would try to cook the chicken with the sauce in the Chicken Verde Enchiladas. Cut up the chicken and toss with pinto beans, shredded Mexican cheese and pasta. Melt some Mexican cheese on top. Thanks for the chance to enter.

  36. 36
    Erika Iverson
    September 10, 2013 at 2:12 pm

    I would like to cook some chicken with the bruschetta sauce and use the other sauce as a dressing in a salad with chicken and greens.

  37. 37
    September 10, 2013 at 2:14 pm

    I would make lasagna

  38. 38
    September 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    I think the Basil-Garlic sauce might be good on a chicken pasta salad.

  39. 39
    September 10, 2013 at 2:16 pm

    Yum Would be so yummy with lots of garden fresh vegis as well!

  40. 40
    September 10, 2013 at 2:19 pm


  41. 41
    Christie Ferguson
    September 10, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    I would make verde chicken enchiladas, I think. . . .they all look so good!

  42. 42
    September 10, 2013 at 2:40 pm

    I would make verde chicken enchiladas first. . .they all look so good!

  43. 43
    Tonya R.
    September 10, 2013 at 2:54 pm

    Everything looks delicious! My kids love pasta!

  44. 44
    September 10, 2013 at 3:47 pm

    I’d probably cook the chicken with the basil sauce and then make a tortellini soup with the tomato based sauce

  45. 45
    September 10, 2013 at 3:48 pm

    Grill the chicken with the basil sauce and then throw it into a grilled cheese sandwich, service with red sauce to dip.

  46. 46
    September 10, 2013 at 3:49 pm

    I’d substitute rice for pasta, add some extra veggies and throw into a casserole dish.

  47. 47
    September 10, 2013 at 3:50 pm

    I’d make a modified chicken parmesan. Delicious!

  48. 48
    September 10, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Your recipe looks great! I want to try the Three Cheese Chicken Florentine.

  49. 49
    September 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I’d make penne with the basil garlic sauce, and serve with Parmigiano Reggiano.

  50. 50
    kathy steadman
    September 10, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    I would make it just as you did. I am drooling over the pictures! YUM!

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