$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
    September 10, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    I would probably make a meal similar to yours, but with ground beef!! I love basil and marinara, this looks like an awesome time saver!

  2. 2
    September 10, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I’d make Lasagne with the Bruschetta sauce.

  3. 3
    Tonya Adams
    September 10, 2013 at 4:08 pm

    Oooooh, for us I would make BBQ chicken skewers and marinate the chicken and veggies in the sauce. Yum!

  4. 4
    Jennifer Gasper
    September 10, 2013 at 4:13 pm

    Hello all, I would use the Tex Mex Chicken Fajita mix and turn it into a salad. Make as directed by the box and then put on top of romaine lettuce. Next, I would top off with cheese and sour cream. Yum! I am making myself hungry!

  5. 5
    September 10, 2013 at 4:28 pm

    I blogged about your awewsome post here – http://mommasangelbaby.blogspot.com/2013/09/pasta-quick-and-opportunity-to-enter.html. Thanks for sharing this opportunity, and for your wonderful, inspired blog!

  6. 6
    mary fanara coleman
    September 10, 2013 at 5:00 pm

  7. 7
    September 10, 2013 at 5:22 pm

    I would definitely make a pizza type casserole with the chicken brushcetta variety.

  8. 8
    September 10, 2013 at 5:23 pm

  9. 9
    September 10, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    I’d use the Three Cheese Chicken Florentine and add some extras like zucchini, mushrooms, and olives.

  10. 10
    September 10, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I would love to use them to beef up my roast.

  11. 11
    September 10, 2013 at 5:35 pm

    I would love to try the pot roast one 🙂

  12. 12
    September 10, 2013 at 5:46 pm

  13. 13
    September 10, 2013 at 6:08 pm

    I would make something with the tex mex one. Maybe some pork tacos.

  14. 14
    Phyllis Cole
    September 10, 2013 at 6:19 pm

    The chicken basil pasta sounds good to me!

  15. 15
    September 10, 2013 at 6:59 pm

    chicken basil pasta sounds yummy. Thanks for the chance to win.

  16. 16
    Katy Judy
    September 10, 2013 at 7:40 pm

    I love fajitas so that would be my choice.

  17. 17
    September 10, 2013 at 7:44 pm

    I love pasta, so I think I would start with chicken and basil.

  18. 18
    September 10, 2013 at 7:58 pm

    I’d use the basil garlic with shrimp and fettuccini pasta

  19. 19
    September 10, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I thing I want to try something with hamburger.

  20. 20
    September 10, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    I’d probably use them with chicken. They look delicious.

  21. 21
    September 10, 2013 at 9:10 pm

    Unfortunately I wouldn’t make anything with these high priced sauces, I actually looked at your recipe hoping to find a recipe I could use with ingredients I have in my cupboard. We just don’t have the income to buy special sauces like this, sorry!

  22. 22
    Jennifer Buma
    September 10, 2013 at 9:12 pm

    I would love to try the recipe you posted. Yum!

  23. 23
    DeDe in OK
    September 10, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I would love to try the Verde Chicken Enchilada sauces. Looks yummy on the website.

  24. 24
    Melissa M
    September 10, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    New England Pot roast

  25. 25
    Nancy Bowers
    September 10, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    I want to try your recipe: Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta

  26. 26
    September 10, 2013 at 10:52 pm

    I think I might try the basil marinara but add shrimp and quinoa instead of chicken and pasta. Yum!

  27. 27
    Sheryl M
    September 10, 2013 at 11:30 pm

    I would love to try the Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta. I had a wonderful dinner just a couple of hours ago but this looks so good I am now hungry again.

  28. 28
    Kimberly H
    September 10, 2013 at 11:35 pm

    I’d start with your recipe! Looks fantastic.

  29. 29
    Margot C
    September 11, 2013 at 12:25 am

    I’m thinking that I might take the Three Cheese Chicken Florentine and prepare it with turkey instead

  30. 30
    Margot C
    September 11, 2013 at 12:27 am

  31. 31
    Heather B
    September 11, 2013 at 1:00 am

    I think I would make the Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta. That looks delicious.

  32. 32
    Robin Wilson
    September 11, 2013 at 1:21 am

    I would probably make a meal quite similar to yours, but substituting pork for chicken. Their Recipe Makers are such an awesome time saver!

  33. 33
    September 11, 2013 at 4:03 am

    chicken parm sandwiches–or use with turkey meatball sub

  34. 34
    September 11, 2013 at 5:58 am

    I would make something similar to what you made but with different pasta. The basil sauce looks good.

  35. 35
    Lisa Brown
    September 11, 2013 at 6:06 am

    I would make a veggie and tortellini dish.
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  36. 36
    Lisa Brown
    September 11, 2013 at 6:07 am

    tweet – https://twitter.com/LuLu_Brown24/status/377765368917262336
    jslbrown_03 at yahoo dot com

  37. 37
    September 11, 2013 at 7:24 am

    I would love to make a chicken dish with the sweet and sour recipe maker!

  38. 38
    Jeannie Bowling
    September 11, 2013 at 7:38 am

    I would love to try these especially with chicken!

  39. 39
    September 11, 2013 at 7:42 am

    I think the sauces would be great in a Pizza Pasta Salad!

  40. 40
    September 11, 2013 at 7:45 am

  41. 41
    September 11, 2013 at 7:53 am

    I’d give that yummy chicken pasta a try!

  42. 42
    September 11, 2013 at 7:55 am

    That video needs an award – it’s TV quality (actually better than most).

  43. 43
    September 11, 2013 at 8:06 am

    I would try out a skillet lasagna….maybe using Italian sausage!

  44. 44
    September 11, 2013 at 9:05 am

    This looks yummy I am going to have to try this.

  45. 45
    September 11, 2013 at 9:16 am

    I would love to try both of these flavors! Anything to make meals faster is great in my book!

  46. 46
    September 11, 2013 at 9:22 am

    I would love to do a pasta with garlic and parm!

  47. 47
    September 11, 2013 at 9:51 am

    I would probably do the same as yours. Yum!

  48. 48
    September 11, 2013 at 10:25 am

    Yum! I would love to give this a try!

  49. 49
    September 11, 2013 at 10:29 am

    I would my a stir-fry of some kind.

  50. 50
    September 11, 2013 at 10:32 am

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