$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
    Suzanne K
    September 17, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    I’d love to make the Verde Chicken Enchiladas – love mexican!

  2. 2
    September 18, 2013 at 8:17 pm

    I’d sub in ground beef and farfalle.

  3. 3
    Sarah Hirsch
    September 19, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I would use the chicken cacciatore to create a new dish that hopefully my family would love!

  4. 4
    Allison S.
    September 19, 2013 at 10:00 am

    I would make a baked chicken/beef pasta.

  5. 5
    Monique Rizzo
    September 19, 2013 at 12:50 pm

    I would marinate a pork loin in that Garlic Basil and serve it with rice…YUM
    Thanks for the chance.

  6. 6
    Christina Sparks
    September 19, 2013 at 3:53 pm

    I would use the Basic Garlic with Pork

  7. 7
    September 20, 2013 at 5:54 am

    I would make a chicken lasagna

  8. 8
    September 20, 2013 at 5:56 am

  9. 9
    janna johnson
    September 21, 2013 at 12:40 pm

    enchiladas with chicken

  10. 10
    Cindy merrill
    September 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm

    The Basil Garlic Simmer sauce would be perfect to drizzle over Nochak ( it’s a buckwheat crepe, usually stuffed with seasonal ingredients.)

  11. 11
    Michele C
    September 21, 2013 at 4:56 pm

    I would make chicken primavera

  12. 12
    September 21, 2013 at 4:59 pm

    I would makes chicken balls and pasta with the chicken bruschetta pasta kit

  13. 13
    September 21, 2013 at 5:15 pm

    I would make a baked chicken lasagna with mozzarella

  14. 14
    jose benavides
    September 21, 2013 at 6:55 pm

    I would make a basil garlic tilapia with mushrooms

  15. 15
    September 21, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    I would make grilled chicken with elbow macaroni and it would be delicious with the sauce.

  16. 16
    gregg deering
    September 22, 2013 at 12:23 am

    chicken primavera sounds great

  17. 17
    DeeAnn S
    September 22, 2013 at 8:45 am

    I’d like to make the Shrimp with Creamy Tomato Sauce! Thanks.

  18. 18
    September 22, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I would like to spice up my pasta with the Chicken Bruschetta Pasta mix.

  19. 19
    September 23, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I’d love to do something with steak and a pasta side 🙂 Hopefully, I’ll find a good recipe like this because I’m a terrible cook! 🙂

  20. 20
    September 23, 2013 at 6:33 am

  21. 21
    Kyl Neusch
    September 23, 2013 at 9:38 am

    Basic Garlic with Pork

  22. 22
    September 23, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Mexican chicken enchiladas

  23. 23
    September 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

    Chicken enchiladas!

  24. 24
    Andrew Leukhardt
    September 23, 2013 at 12:44 pm

    I would use ground turkey to keep it healthy

  25. 25
    Steven Blaser
    September 23, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Put some ground turkey in it and I good with it.

  26. 26
    lala ramos
    September 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    chicken cacciatore

  27. 27
    lala ramos
    September 23, 2013 at 4:22 pm

  28. 28
    Mary Somerville
    September 23, 2013 at 4:35 pm

    I’d like to make Hawaiian Pineapple-Pork Stew, with the Hickory BBQ Beef Recipe Makers.

  29. 29
    Mary Somerville
    September 23, 2013 at 4:39 pm

  30. 30
    September 23, 2013 at 11:51 pm

    I would make the Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta and add some mushrooms, simply because I love mushrooms.

  31. 31
    September 23, 2013 at 11:59 pm

    I would try the Sweet & Sour Recipe Maker with thick boneless pork chops and serve them with noodles, as my family is crazy about rice.

  32. 32
    September 24, 2013 at 1:51 am

    I would make a Basil Marinara Chicken Pizza.

  33. 33
    September 24, 2013 at 1:53 am

  34. 34
    Steve Stone
    September 24, 2013 at 2:39 pm

    we would make turkey or chicken tacos.

  35. 35
    lala ramos
    September 24, 2013 at 3:24 pm

  36. 36
    Barbara M
    September 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm

    These sauces would be great with pasta spinach and white beans.
    thank you

  37. 37
    Barbara M
    September 24, 2013 at 10:25 pm

  38. 38
    lala ramos
    September 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

  39. 39
    Kim N.
    September 25, 2013 at 12:37 pm

    I’d use the chicken bruschetta pasta to make a nice casserole.

  40. 40
    Colleen W
    September 25, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    I would do a crock pot kind of bake with turkey, noodles, veggies, cheese, and sauce. Cook on low while I’m at work for a healthy dinner when we walk in the door with no hassle. Yummy.

  41. 41
    Jacob LaFountaine
    September 25, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    I’d load up on some honey bbq beef sandwiches with a side of chips

  42. 42
    Linda G.
    September 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I would do a turkey casserole-kind of like tuna casserole

  43. 43
    Tina M
    September 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

    we love chicken. I’d make Three Cheese Chicken Florentine

  44. 44
    Tina M
    September 26, 2013 at 6:29 pm

  45. 45
    lala ramos
    September 26, 2013 at 7:50 pm

  46. 46
    September 27, 2013 at 5:07 am

    I’d do the Chicken Bruschetta Pasta

  47. 47
    September 27, 2013 at 10:22 am

    I really like the basil marinara pizza idea, yum!

  48. 48
    joseph gersch
    September 27, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    i would make chickn pasta

  49. 49
    September 27, 2013 at 10:54 pm

    I would make chicken verde enchiladas

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