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Easy one-dish meals give chilly days a warm boost

With the chill in the air, winter days are just the right time to heat up the kitchen with warm and inviting meals. By using dinnertime as the centerpiece for fond family moments, you'll have the makings for a tradition that can be repeated anytime of the week.

Even with a busy schedule, you can make time for an easy one-dish meal--especially one that can be prepared in just 10 minutes. That means more time to enjoy family and friends.

One out of two moms reports that she prepares a one-dish meal at least three times a week, according to a national survey conducted by Opinion Research Corp., and Kraft Foods that recently polled 1,143 women 18 years and older in the United States.

In general, 40 percent of women cook a one-dish meal three or more times a week, while more than half of women typically prepare a one-dish meal twice a week or less. Being able to put together a complete meal, with the meat and vegetables in one dish, can be an appealing option on busy weeknights at the family dinner table.

With an easy, home-cooked meal, you can give the family a chance to "chill out" after dinner by planning an at-home movie or game night. Time will be on your side when you keep dinner prep and cleanup to a minimum by fixing a satisfying one-dish recipe like Easy Chicken Bake. These recipes use items you typically have on hand in your kitchen so you'll always be ready to prepare a favorite one-dish meal on busy weeknights.

Consider bringing a popular appetizer to the center of the plate with this inspiring Bruschetta Chicken Bake--a one-dish meal that's sure to warm up the family after a chilly day. For more warm and inviting meal ideas, visit www.stovetop.com and www.kraftfoods.com.


Easy Chicken Bake

1 package (6 oz) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1/3 cup Breakstone's or Knudsen Sour Cream
1 bag (16 oz) frozen mixed vegetables, thawed, drained

Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on package; set aside. Mix chicken, soup, sour cream and vegetables in 13- by 9-inch baking dish; top with the stuffing. Bake 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through. Makes 6 servings.


Easy Cheesy Chicken Bake

1 package (6 oz) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 1-inch pieces
1 bag (14 oz) frozen broccoli florets, thawed, drained
1 can (10 3/4 oz) condensed cream of chicken soup
1/2 cup milk
1 1/2 cups Kraft Shredded Cheddar Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F. Prepare stuffing mix as directed on package. Set aside. Mix chicken and broccoli in 13- by 9-inch baking dish. Add soup, milk and cheese; mix well. Top with the prepared stuffing. Bake 30 min. or until heated through. Makes 6 servings, about 1 1/3 cups each.


Bruschetta Chicken Bake

1 can (14 1/2 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
1 package (6 oz) Stove Top Stuffing Mix for Chicken
1/2 cup water
2 cloves garlic, minced
1 1/2 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into bite-size pieces
1 tsp. dried basil leaves
1 cup Kraft Shredded Low-Moisture
Part-Skim Mozzarella Cheese

Preheat oven to 400 F. Place tomatoes in medium bowl. Add stuffing mix, water and garlic; stir just until stuffing mix is moistened. Set aside. Place chicken in 13- by 9-inch baking dish; sprinkle with the basil and cheese. Top with stuffing mixture. Bake 30 min. or until chicken is cooked through. Makes 6 servings, 1 cup each.

Substitute: Prepare as directed, omitting the garlic and using Stove Top Stuffing Mix Italian Style with Roasted Garlic.


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