$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
    September 11, 2013 at 1:20 pm

    I’d make the chicken the same but use spaghetti squash in place of the pasta.

  2. 2
    September 11, 2013 at 1:58 pm

    we love the chicken enchilada verde something one. so good and quick!! i use a rotisserie chicken!! i am def going to look for this one next!

  3. 3
    Cheryl Newton
    September 11, 2013 at 3:59 pm

    This looks yummy. I’ll have to keep an eye out for that flavor of Recipe Makers.

  4. 4
    September 11, 2013 at 5:06 pm

    I’d make this exact thing. This is right up our alley. I think the husband would love it, plus it’s super easy.

  5. 5
    September 11, 2013 at 7:27 pm

    This looks delicious! I will have to go to the grocery store to pick some up 🙂

  6. 6
    Angela Harrison
    September 11, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I love chicken with sauce.

  7. 7
    Tracy Robertson
    September 12, 2013 at 3:03 am

    I would make the Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta. It looks really good and I have been looking for some new recipes.

  8. 8
    Tracy Robertson
    September 12, 2013 at 3:04 am

  9. 9
    September 12, 2013 at 5:00 am

    I would make either the delicious looking one you made or the New England Pot Roast which is in my cupboard!

  10. 10
    Laura C.
    September 12, 2013 at 12:00 pm

    I think the Asian Fish Taco pack looks really good. We like to make fish tacos and this would definitely simplify things.

  11. 11
    Laura C.
    September 12, 2013 at 12:01 pm

  12. 12
    September 12, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    I would love to try the Verde Chicken Enchilada…we love Enchiladas and I will definitely be trying this one out!

  13. 13
    September 12, 2013 at 1:01 pm

  14. 14
    Jessica S.
    September 12, 2013 at 4:11 pm

    The enchilada stuff ALL THE WAY!

  15. 15
    Deanna F
    September 12, 2013 at 4:41 pm

    What you made looks really good, so I would give that try!

  16. 16
    September 12, 2013 at 6:14 pm

    i could jazz up chicken enchiladas w/ the verde enchilada sauce

  17. 17
    September 12, 2013 at 7:08 pm

    I would try a twist on chicken parmesan.

  18. 18
    Sharon O.
    September 12, 2013 at 8:03 pm

    I’d like to use the Verde Chicken Enchilada Recipe Maker to make Verde Chicken Chili. Thanks!

  19. 19
    September 12, 2013 at 10:40 pm

    I would of course try your recipe! Every one of your recipes I have tried have been delicious

  20. 20
    September 13, 2013 at 11:03 am

    This looks yummy! I’d love to try this recipe.

  21. 21
    Margie Huddleston
    September 13, 2013 at 1:49 pm

    Chicken Parm, because it is one of our favorites! 🙂

  22. 22
    Susan Smith
    September 13, 2013 at 6:11 pm

    I’d love to try the New England Pot Roast Kraft Recipe Maker to spice up my pot roast.

  23. 23
    Susan Smith
    September 13, 2013 at 6:13 pm

  24. 24
    phoenix jones
    September 14, 2013 at 7:36 am

    I would try the new england pot roast!

  25. 25
    September 14, 2013 at 1:32 pm

    We love pasta in this house, so… Anything that makes it taste good!

  26. 26
    Leanna H
    September 14, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    With some bow tie pasta, roasted veggies (broccoli, squash, zucchini, eggplant, mushrooms), the sauces and topped with parm cheese.

  27. 27
    September 14, 2013 at 4:34 pm

    I would use sausage instead of chicken and pene pasta with mozzarella. I pinned it! http://www.pinterest.com/pin/164944405075877000/

  28. 28
    September 14, 2013 at 10:06 pm

    I would try the recipe in this post. For something different maybe I’d see if they’d work for a lasagna.

  29. 29
    Kim Henrichs
    September 15, 2013 at 3:25 pm

    That looks amazing! I would love to try the verde chicken enchilada and do an enchilada bake with corn tortillas!

  30. 30
    Jessie C.
    September 15, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I would make Sweet & Sour Meatballs and serve with steamed rice
    tcarolinep at gmail dot com

  31. 31
    Jessie C.
    September 15, 2013 at 9:06 pm


  32. 32
    September 16, 2013 at 12:33 am

    I would make “lasagna” made with eggplant and spaghetti squash!

  33. 33
    September 16, 2013 at 2:05 pm

    I’d use it to make chicken meatballs! Pasta + meat + sauce = yum

  34. 34
    September 16, 2013 at 9:21 pm

    I would make the Verde Chicken Enchilada.

  35. 35
    September 16, 2013 at 9:58 pm

    I like chicken with sauce.

  36. 36
    Adrienne Gordon
    September 17, 2013 at 4:27 am

    rigatoni and meatballs

  37. 37
    Terri Broome
    September 17, 2013 at 4:33 am

    I’d love to try this one but with rice

  38. 38
    Margaret Smith
    September 17, 2013 at 5:43 am

    I’d love to make the Basil Marinara Chicken but make it more like chicken parmasean basil marinara and have spagetti on the side.

  39. 39
    Margaret Smith
    September 17, 2013 at 5:44 am

  40. 40
    Sue Ellison
    September 17, 2013 at 7:59 am

    I would make the Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta first, it looks delicious!

  41. 41
    Sue Ellison
    September 17, 2013 at 8:04 am

  42. 42
    Cynthia C
    September 17, 2013 at 10:20 am

    • 43
      Cynthia C
      September 17, 2013 at 10:22 am

      Please disregard this comment – posted by mistake.

  43. 44
    September 17, 2013 at 11:41 am

    chicken enchilada verde

    kport207 at gmail dot com

  44. 45
    Cynthia C
    September 17, 2013 at 11:57 am

    I think the KRAFT RECIPE MAKERS Chicken Cacciatore would be nice in my meatloaf

  45. 46
    Cynthia C
    September 17, 2013 at 11:59 am

  46. 47
    Starr Greenwell
    September 17, 2013 at 12:48 pm

    I would make a baked Basil Marinara and Pasta with salmon

  47. 48
    Stephanie V.
    September 17, 2013 at 2:21 pm

    basil garlic pasta with bruschetta chicken
    tvollowitz at aol dot com

  48. 49
    September 17, 2013 at 2:48 pm

    This looks amazing! I think I would make a baked ziti with this!

  49. 50
    Tari Lawson
    September 17, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    I would make the Asian Fish Tacos.

  50. 51
    September 17, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’d love to put it on a chicken to give it some more flavor and zest.

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