$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
    Karen Drake
    October 26, 2013 at 5:01 am

    I would make Chicken Marinara, I love these Kraft sauces and recipes.

  2. 2
    Kim Hardy
    October 26, 2013 at 6:33 am

    I would make baked chicken with the garlic and basil!!! ky_grandma40@yahoo.com

  3. 3
    October 26, 2013 at 7:45 am

    chicken tacos, yum!

  4. 4
    October 26, 2013 at 7:47 am

    I would love to make the Chicken Cacciatore.

  5. 5
    October 26, 2013 at 8:11 am

    I would try the southwest chicken wraps as they sound easy and delicious.

  6. 6
    wendy r
    October 26, 2013 at 10:05 am

    i would like to make Chicken Alfredo!!

  7. 7
    October 26, 2013 at 10:17 am

    I’m thinking Thai fusion fried rice with the basil garlic.

    ky2here at msn dot com

  8. 8
    October 26, 2013 at 10:18 am

  9. 9
    October 26, 2013 at 10:20 am

    I would use the basil garlic sauce to cook the chicken, and the Bruschetta sauce to cook potatoes and other veggies!

  10. 10
    david cosgrove
    October 26, 2013 at 11:12 am

    chicken alfredo for sure

  11. 11
    Ricki Hinrichs
    October 26, 2013 at 11:50 am

    Chicken Tacos

  12. 12
    Carla S
    October 26, 2013 at 12:05 pm

    I would make baked chicken and cheese ziti.

  13. 13
    Carla S
    October 26, 2013 at 12:06 pm

  14. 14
    Patricia Edwards
    October 26, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    I would try the Basil Marinara Chicken Pasta!

  15. 15
    michele dublin
    October 26, 2013 at 2:53 pm

    I would love to try the basil garlic with the brushetta sauce. This would be perfect to an Italian dish called aglio e olio.

  16. 16
    Francine Anchondo
    October 26, 2013 at 3:42 pm

    I would use the vedre chicken enchilada sauce in my Chicken Cassorole enchilada recipe

  17. 17
    October 26, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    I would try the chicken tacos.

  18. 18
    October 26, 2013 at 4:38 pm

  19. 19
    October 26, 2013 at 4:47 pm

    I would make tacos

  20. 20
    Lorena Keech
    October 26, 2013 at 5:29 pm

    I’d use the Sweet & Sour Chicken, but with pork as my hubby doesn’t like chicken.

  21. 21
    tracey johnson
    October 26, 2013 at 6:12 pm

    i would make the New England pot roast

  22. 22
    Angela Ash
    October 26, 2013 at 6:17 pm

    I’d make the recipe you posted – Basil Marinara Chicken and Pasta. It sounds great but seeing the pictures makes me want to be tasting it right now. I’d keep it simple & make a small side salad w/some breadsticks on the side.

  23. 23
    Karen Gonyea
    October 26, 2013 at 7:10 pm

    I’d love to do a baked chicken dish 🙂

  24. 24
    Cynthia Mercado
    October 26, 2013 at 7:13 pm

    Chicken alfredo

  25. 25
    October 26, 2013 at 7:49 pm

    I would go with a chicken cacciatore over rice

  26. 26
    October 26, 2013 at 7:51 pm

  27. 27
    Ellie W
    October 26, 2013 at 7:52 pm

    I would use the Tex-Mex Chicken Fajita variety to pep up my Caldo De Pollo.

  28. 28
    Ellie W
    October 26, 2013 at 7:53 pm

  29. 29
    October 26, 2013 at 8:18 pm

    mmmm I would make chicken alfredo my fav !

  30. 30
    Terry Cross
    October 26, 2013 at 8:23 pm

    I would make Sweet & Sour Chicken

  31. 31
    Terry Cross
    October 26, 2013 at 8:24 pm

  32. 32
    Regina M
    October 26, 2013 at 8:32 pm

    Verde sauce for chicken enchiladas.

  33. 33
    James Wood
    October 26, 2013 at 8:39 pm

    Chicken pizza

  34. 34
    October 26, 2013 at 8:49 pm

    I would cook some angel hair pasta with chicken.

  35. 35
    October 26, 2013 at 8:50 pm

  36. 36
    October 26, 2013 at 8:51 pm

    I’d make a casserole!

  37. 37
    October 26, 2013 at 8:57 pm

    New England Pot Roast

  38. 38
    Jaclyn Reynolds
    October 26, 2013 at 9:05 pm

    I would make pasta with steamed veggies!

  39. 39
    chickie brewer
    October 26, 2013 at 9:27 pm

    I would like to make a lot of different chicken dishes..

  40. 40
    October 26, 2013 at 9:43 pm

    I’d make chicken alfredo with penne!

  41. 41
    Trisha McKee
    October 26, 2013 at 10:01 pm

    Chicken taco salad – that is just one of the many choices. there are so many things I’m already planning to make!

  42. 42
    cheryl bowman
    October 26, 2013 at 10:24 pm

    I would make Sweet & Sour Chicken

  43. 43
    s riches
    October 26, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    I would make the chicken al fresco over rice.

  44. 44
    krystal wethington
    October 26, 2013 at 10:44 pm

    I would make some chicken tacos.Sounds pretty good.

  45. 45
    October 26, 2013 at 11:48 pm

    I would make the Chicken Cacciatore.

  46. 46
    Melinda Stephens
    October 27, 2013 at 12:21 am

    I’d make some sort of chicken and potato dish.

  47. 47
    cynthia cannady
    October 27, 2013 at 1:08 am

    I would make chicken alfredo and add broccoli

  48. 48
    Denise Donaldson
    October 27, 2013 at 2:51 am

    These look delicious!I would try chicken tacos

    winz135 at gmail.com

  49. 49
    Denise Donaldson
    October 27, 2013 at 2:52 am

  50. 50
    tracey byram
    October 27, 2013 at 3:02 am

    I’d make sweet n’ sour meatballs.

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