$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
    Denise S
    September 28, 2013 at 12:24 pm

    I would make a chicken and pasta meal.

  2. 2
    Elena Vo
    September 28, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    I’d make some butternut squash and Parmesan cheese tortellini in sauce!

  3. 3
    Stephanie Larison
    September 28, 2013 at 11:26 pm

    I’d love to try out the Verde Chicken Enchilada

  4. 4
    Jen C.
    September 29, 2013 at 11:10 am

    I’d make baked ziti!

  5. 5
    October 1, 2013 at 10:39 am

    I’d love to make a grilled chicken and pasta meal – these sauces are very versatile.

  6. 6
    Vadim K
    October 3, 2013 at 4:48 pm

    I would make egg rolls. Making egg rolls at home has been on my mind for a long time now!

  7. 7
    ashley c.
    October 8, 2013 at 5:37 am

    I currently make my own sweet and sour chicken, so I would try simplifying what I do and just add my veggies and chicken to this mix.

  8. 8
    Maria Iemma
    October 9, 2013 at 12:25 pm

    This recipe looks delicious I will follow what you’ve done and hope that it comes out looking as good. Got to love Kraft

  9. 9
    October 10, 2013 at 1:50 pm

    I’d love to try the Pot roast. As the weather gets cooler it’s a meal that’s sure to please

  10. 10
    Erica Best
    October 13, 2013 at 6:25 pm

    i love the twist of the Tex-Mex Chicken Fajita

  11. 11
    Erica Best
    October 13, 2013 at 6:32 pm

  12. 12
    October 13, 2013 at 9:01 pm

    I would like to try the Tex Mex Chicken Fajita. I’ll take all the help I can get for easy weeknight meals!

  13. 13
    October 14, 2013 at 8:26 am

    Pot roast is a favorite meal for this family, so would probably try it first. Biggest problem would be the fact that their servings estimate is WAY too small for us!

  14. 14
    Claire McKeon
    October 18, 2013 at 4:03 pm

    I went to the Kraft website and found this recipe for asian fish tacos Looks yummy and simple for a weeknight meal.

  15. 15
    Lisa M
    October 19, 2013 at 1:42 pm

    I would make tex-mex chicken fajitas.

  16. 16
    Deb moretti
    October 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

    I would make a pasta dish this sauce and add chicken, greek olives, and feta cheese. Kind of Greek and Italian.

  17. 17
    Deb moretti
    October 19, 2013 at 5:34 pm

  18. 18
    October 19, 2013 at 11:31 pm

    I know my family would definitely enjoy this Basil Marinara Chicken Pasta! My family loves pasta dishes, I would use Kraft’s sauces as the base of my pasta dish. My kids love olives and tomatoes. I would definitely add some in the pasta as well.

    amy [at] utry [dot] it

  19. 19
    October 19, 2013 at 11:33 pm

  20. 20
    Tom Bellamy
    October 20, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    I’m thinking Chicken Fajitas.

  21. 21
    April V.
    October 21, 2013 at 4:10 am

    I’m no good at making my own recipes but I’d happily follow this one since it sounds very tasty.

  22. 22
    Kathleen RG
    October 21, 2013 at 10:35 am

    Definitely going to try this recipe!

  23. 23
    Lisa V.
    October 21, 2013 at 10:53 am

    I already make Marinara chicken at home with tomatoes and green peppers from my garden. I would like to try this to see how it compares.

  24. 24
    October 21, 2013 at 7:54 pm

    I’d love to make the Shrimp with Creamy Tomato Sauce using the Three Cheese Florentine Kraft Recipe Maker

  25. 25
    October 21, 2013 at 8:05 pm

    I would make sweet and sour chicken tacos with these sauces
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  26. 26
    October 21, 2013 at 8:06 pm

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  27. 27
    October 21, 2013 at 8:26 pm

  28. 28
    Tammy S
    October 22, 2013 at 4:55 am

    I want to try the Verde Nacho Casserole with the Verde Chicken Enchiladas Sauce.

  29. 29
    Tammy S
    October 22, 2013 at 4:57 am

  30. 30
    maria cantu
    October 22, 2013 at 2:41 pm

    I would use the verde chicken enchilada one to add extra flavor to my enchilada recipe.

  31. 31
    Hannah Fischbach
    October 23, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I would make the recipes pictured! my mouth is watering… yummm

  32. 32
    Anna E.
    October 24, 2013 at 11:16 am

    I would like to try Basil Garlic sauce on our Homemade Chicken Recipes.

  33. 33
    October 24, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    I would love to make spaghetti and meatballs with the basil garlic sauce.

  34. 34
    Angela W
    October 24, 2013 at 6:57 pm

    I’d make baked ziti!

  35. 35
    Jennifer Reed
    October 24, 2013 at 10:50 pm

    The Verde Chicken Enchilada recipe on the KRAFT site would definitely be something I would make for a weeknight meal. It looks great with the filling sauce and finishing sauce. Yum!

  36. 36
    October 24, 2013 at 11:16 pm

    yes that would be good

  37. 37
    October 25, 2013 at 12:55 am

    I’d use the Chicken Cacciatore sauces for a casserole with chicken, pasta, onion, bacon, zucchini and cover the whole thing with shredded cheese.

  38. 38
    Vera P.
    October 25, 2013 at 1:06 am

    I would like to make the tex-mex chicken fajitas.

  39. 39
    crystal smith
    October 25, 2013 at 6:20 am

    I would love to try to make the Florentine-Stuffed Chicken Breasts with their Three Cheese Florentine Recipe Maker…sounds yummy and I love how easy and quick all their recipes are! Talk about a great way to make a weeknight easier!

  40. 40
    October 25, 2013 at 8:03 am

    My family would love fajitas!

  41. 41
    tina reynolds
    October 25, 2013 at 9:26 am

    I would make the verde chicken enchilada’s my husband and boys would go crazy for that one I bet. thanks for the chance to win eaglesforjack@gmail.com

  42. 42
    tina reynolds
    October 25, 2013 at 9:41 am

  43. 43
    Daniel M
    October 25, 2013 at 5:33 pm

    sweet n sour chicken

  44. 44
    Lauren Flynn
    October 25, 2013 at 9:04 pm

    I will definitely try the basil marinara chicken! My boyfriend is a chef and he would change this to include fresh basil from the garden. Delicious!

  45. 45
    October 25, 2013 at 9:20 pm

    the chicken pasta.Any day would be great!

  46. 46
    Amy Lynn Swiatczak
    October 25, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    I would make vegan fajitas. My grandkids are vegan… and I know they love Mexican food!

  47. 47
    October 25, 2013 at 11:03 pm

    I would make the sweet & sour meatballs

  48. 48
    Deb C
    October 26, 2013 at 12:22 am

    I would make the Southwest Chicken & Bell Pepper Wraps. They sound both easy and delicious.

  49. 49
    Deb C
    October 26, 2013 at 12:25 am

  50. 50
    rose paden
    October 26, 2013 at 1:46 am

    I would love to try this with my pot roast. My husband loves it!

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