Oven Parmesan Chicken with Penne MarinaraI have great news…the Publix Flavor Excursion promotion is back! I look forward to this event each year as it gives us the opportunity to stock up on some of our favorite brands.

We all know that dinnertime can get a little boring, we all fall into the habit of cooking the same meals over and over. Heck, it’s easy just to whip up the recipes that we know by heart. I know I am guilty of doing this pretty much each week! This promo is a great way to shake off the boring recipe blues and try out something new!

Not only is Publix giving us great deals but you can also find recipes to go along with those sales. The best part is…the recipes are all user friendly and easy to make. Yep, I played guinea pig and whipped up a couple of the recipes just to show you guys how simple they are to put together!

Take the Oven Parmesan Chicken with Penne Marinara that you see above. It was absolutely delicious and there wasn’t a single piece of pasta left on the platter by the end of dinner. What I loved about that recipe is that is was packed with flavor yet easy to make.

There are really three steps in the recipe – the chicken, the pasta and the sauce. I timed it so that everything would be ready at about the same time. The chicken is easy…you are simply doing a mixture of buttered breadcrumbs and cheese and baking it in the oven. Anyone can handle that. Same with the pasta…boil water, throw in your noodles–easy breezy!  The sauce is just as simple. All that requires is a little garlic, pepper flakes, a couple of cans of Hunt’s tomatoes and some fresh basil. You let that simmer while the chicken is baking and the pasta is boiling. Time it just right and everything is done all at once! I even managed to help the boys with homework while waiting for dinner to finish up! Gotta love multitasking!

Once my timers went off, I assembled everything and my guys chowed down! An easy weeknight meal that was a great change of pace.

flavor excusionYou guys can make this recipe without breaking the bank. Look for some great Publix coupons at the in-store display. Save money when you buy participating ingredients on brands such as Progresso, Hunt’s, Old El Paso, Kraft, Ro*tel and Avocados from Mexico.

Remember many of these items are on sale right now at Publix so these coupons mean some fantastic deals. The Ro*tel and Hunt’s Tomatoes are an exceptional deal as they are both 10/$0 right now…great time to stock up!!

  • $2 off Publix Produce with the purchase of Any Four (4) participating products *Participating products: select Old El Paso items( Dinner Kits, Seasoning Mixes, Enchilada Sauce, Refried Beans) Ro*tel Tomatoes, Hunt’s Tomatoes, Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese, Avocados from Mexico (exp 10/7)
  • $2 off Publix Chicken with the purchase of Any Four (4) participating products
    Participating products: Progresso Bread Crumbs, Progresso Reduced Sodium Chicken Broth, Kraft Salad Dressing, Kraft Natural Shredded Cheese, Hunt’s Tomatoes (exp 10/7)
  • $1/5 Ro*tel Tomatoes (10 oz.) (exp 10/7)
  • $1/5 Hunt’s Tomatoes (14.5 oz.) (exp 10/7)
  • $1 off Avocados from Mexico when you buy three (3) Old El Paso products (1-31 oz.) (exp 10/7)
  • $1/3 Betty Crocker casserole potatoes (4.5-5.1 oz.) (exp 10/7)
  • $1.50/2 Betty Crocker Cookie Mixes (12.5-17.9 oz.) (exp 10/7)

I’ll be sharing another recipe soon so stay tuned! You can also visit the Flavor Excursion page to find more fun recipes the whole family will enjoy!

chicken-pasta ingredients

Oven Parmesan Chicken with Penne Marinara
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Serves: 4
  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/4 cup Kraft™ zesty Italian dressing
  • 1 tablespoon butter, melted
  • 3 tablespoons Progresso™ Italian style breadcrumbs
  • 5 tablespoons Kraft™ natural shredded Parmesan cheese
  • 2 cups uncooked Mueller’s™ penne pasta (6 oz)
  • 2 teaspoons Wesson® vegetable oil
  • 2 cloves garlic, finely chopped
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Hunt’s™ diced tomatoes with basil, garlic & oregano
  • 1 can (14.5 oz) Hunt’s™ fire roasted diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup Progresso™ reduced sodium chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh basil leaves
  1. Heat oven to 425°F. Line 15x10x1-inch pan with foil. Brush both sides of chicken with dressing; place in pan. In small bowl, stir melted butter, bread crumbs and 1 tablespoon of the Parmesan cheese until well blended. Sprinkle 1 tablespoon bread crumb mixture on top of each breast. Bake 15 to 18 minutes or until golden brown and juice of chicken is clear when center of thickest part is cut (165°F.)
  2. Meanwhile, in 3-quart saucepan, cook pasta as directed on package. Drain; return to saucepan.
  3. In 10-inch nonstick skillet, heat oil over medium-high heat. Add garlic and red pepper flakes; cook 30 seconds, stirring constantly, until tender. Stir in both cans of tomatoes, the broth and 3 tablespoons of the basil. Cook, uncovered, over low heat 15 to 18 minutes, stirring occasionally, until thoroughly heated. Add tomato mixture to pasta; toss to coat.
  4. Spoon pasta onto serving platter; top with chicken. Garnish with remaining 4 tablespoons Parmesan cheese and 1 tablespoon basil.

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