Chicken Pasta with a Twist of Flavor Recipe

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Chicken Paste with a Twist of Flavor & Panera Bread Let’s be real for a minute. You know, because I’m not as real as it gets already. I waste a TON of food, so much wasted food! Michael and I play a game of chicken when it comes time to cleaning out the fridge. After a month of avoidance, it goes a little something like this.

Him, “What’s that smell? ”
Me, “I don’t know.”
Him, “Will you clean out the fridge?”
Me, “Why can’t you do it?”
Him, “C’mon babe! Just do it!”
Me, “Why do I always have to do it?”

I always have to clean the fridge out because Michael gags like a sissy pants if there is moldy food to be thrown away! He pulls his shirt up over his nose to protect him from the smell, he won’t look at it, and he leaves it until I take care of it. You guys know how good I am at cleaning anything in my house…

PS: There is a giveaway at the end of this post, a recipe for Chicken Pasta with a Twist of Flavor,¬†and I promise there is a point to this story. ūüėČ

I bet you didn’t know I could live on bread and cheese for the rest of my life, did you? Bread is one food group that I will NOT let spoil! I refuse to waste my precious¬†carbs!¬†Mmmm…¬†cheesy¬†carbs!

What do you do when you are out shopping during the holidays? You stop and get some grub because it is easier than going home and cooking something. We are all guilty of it! I swear I eat out every time I leave the house, don’t you dare come back and mention how little I leave the house!

The last time I was out I indulged in Panera Bread because it is FREEZING in Michigan! I really don’t like being cold, not one bit! I just stood there looking at the menu board, trying to decide¬†which bread I wanted to take home this time. The poor hamster in the wheel kept runnning and running as I figured out what I wanted. ‘Do I want rolls, Three Seed,¬†Sesame Semolina, or Ciabatta?’ These are first world problems, people!¬†I finally grabbed a¬†demi¬†loaf of Panera Bread’s Asiago Cheese. Yum!

Chicken Pasta with a Twist of Flavor- Panera's Asiago cheese demi loaf garlic bread

(Note: My pan looks like this because Michael is a genius and used a sharp knife on some brownies.)

My bread was at the point of what to do, what to do? You know, when the bread isn’t soft like the day it came out, but ¬†it tastes soooo¬†good? Here is a tip from one cheesy carb¬†lover to another- make it garlic bread-ish and pair it with a meal like my Chicken Pasta with a Twist of Flavor! All I do is drizzle some olive oil on the bread, sprinkle some garlic powder on it, and bake it at 350 for 5 minutes. Easy Peasy!

Always find a way to repurpose¬†bread in your household! Don’t make the bread police come to your house and arrest you!

Chicken Pasta with a Twist of Flavor and Panera garlic bread Last night I pulled out this freezer meal/slow cooker thing, revamped my delicious bread, and called it a day! You know it’s a good day when It takes you longer to get the picture than it does to prepare the Chicken Pasta with a Twist of Flavor. Are you ready for the twist of flavor I put in, what could be, a boring chicken pasta dish?

Chicken Pasta with a Twist of Flavor Recipe

Chicken Pasta with a Twist of Flavor


  • 2 large chicken breasts
  • 1 jar of spaghetti sauce (I used Ragu)
  • 1 container of PHILADELPHIA Italian Herb Cooking Creme
  • 1 box of pasta


  1. Toss the chicken, sauce, and cooking creme in a freezer bag. (Freezing is optional)
  2. Let the bag thaw before dumping it in a pan and baking it until the chicken is cooked. (My breasts are large, so I bake it at 350 for 50 minutes.)
  3. Cook the pasta according to the box and set aside.
  4. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces, mix it with the pasta, and spoon the sauce mixture (from the pan) on your pasta.

Delicious, right? You bet it is! I am a woman of my word so here is your giveaway! Two of you are going to win $10 gift cards to Panera Bread! *And the crowd goes wild!*

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I received my own gift card in order to facilitate my review of Panera Bread. All opinions, experiences, and pictures are my own.


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    I like ciabatta. Mostly because they’re always out when I go and you always want what you can’t have. At least in my case. It’s also the bread they recommend on the tomato mozzarella sandwich, which is my favorite. It makes me sad when they’re out. It’s not the same on country white or whatever the hell they have left when I get there.

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    Becky Richied says

    I love the Ciabatta bread it has always been a favorite. But overall nothing beats fresh fresh bread. I used to take the center out of the bread and roll it into a ball and eat it when I was a kid/ok as a teenager too…lol

  3. 68


    3 Cheese or Cinnamon Raisin would be my favorite.
    I’ve never got to go to a Panera Bread before bc there wasn’t one where we lived but we recently moved and they have more than one around so if I win this I will be going ASAP! : D I’ve heard only good things about them.

  4. 91

    Sylvia Zajis says

    Asiago Cheese is my favorite bread but there are sooo many things I like to eat from there. Thanks for the opportunity.

  5. 93

    Jeanette Alexander says

    OK, OK, I admit it….I have a mild Panera Bread obsession (don’t judge me)…lol…can’t wait to try this recipe.

  6. 106

    Sherri Lewis says

    I like their whole grain bread. My favorite thing from there though, is their broccoli cheese soup…. yummmm!

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    renee walters says

    I love their sourdough bread and their brocolli cheese soup. Thanks so much for the fantastic giveaway and happy New Year!

  8. 263

    courtney hennagir says

    the 3 cheese bread is so good! have you guys tried the french toast bagels? oh man those are amazing!

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    Aaron Bretveld says

    I love the Asiago Cheese bread. Sourdough with Asiago cheese, YUM! I could eat Panera every day if it wasn’t so stinkin expensive.


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