September is always a busy month for our family, but that’s never been more true than it is this year! Putting the boys in a new school in a new city, preparing for a work transfer and a house purchase and, to top it all off, we’re all flying to Ontario in less than a week as Jeremy and I get married and take our honeymoon! Needless to say, there’s lots to do and limited time to do it. And that means easy, hearty and delicious dinners are a priority for me more than ever before.
Luckily, Kraft Canada came to my rescue this fall with two new Classico pasta sauces that combine gourmet flavour with heat-and-eat convenience. New Classico di Bologna Bolognese Pasta Sauce boasts tender pork and beef in a flavourful tomato sauce. And Classico Di Molise Spicy Tomato & Parmesan Cream Pasta Sauce combines spicy red pepper, tomato and real parmesan cheese for a rich and creamy sauce choice.
I decided to use one of the sauces to whip up a delicious dinner and since we all love chicken, I put my own kid-friendly twist on Spicy Tomato-Chicken Parmesan. With just four ingredients and thirty minutes, I created an oven-baked dinner the whole family loved: Spicy Baked Chicken Parmesan!
Spicy Baked Chicken Parmesan
- 250 grams spaghetti uncooked
- 8 frozen breaded chicken strips
- 1 jar Classico Di Molise Spicy Tomato & Parmesan Cream Pasta Sauce
- 6 Cracker Barrel Marble Cheese Slices
Preheat oven to 425 degrees.
Cook spaghetti to al dente in salted, boiling water. Drain and toss spaghetti with half of the Classico sauce.
Pour spaghetti into baking dish. Top with frozen chicken strips.
Spread remainder of sauce over chicken strips. Top with marble cheese.
Bake for 20-25 minutes, until chicken is cooked and cheese is bubbling. Serve immediately.
I used our favourite healthy brand of white meat chicken strips with whole grain breading and a fibre-enriched pasta for this recipe to add some extra nutrition to the meal. With a salad served on the side, it was the perfect dinner for a chilly fall night, with an extra bit of spice that helped give it a great homemade flavour.
Zackary and Benjamin both devoured their food and even though Benjamin tends to like his meals on the milder side, he didn’t mind the spice in this dish at all. The combination of cheese, chicken and pasta was so kid-friendly that he didn’t even mention the extra heat the dish had…though he did drink a big glass of milk with his meal!
For more great ideas using the new Kraft Canada Classico sauces, make sure to check out the Classico recipes on the Kraft Canada website! Of course, that special homemade pasta sauce that a family passes down through generations will always be the number one choice. But when time is short, Classico is there to take the number two spot! Grab one of the two new sauces today for your next busy night and see what you think!