Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  236
  • Protein  19 g
  • Carbohydrates  10 g
  • Fat  13 g
  • Cholesterol  58 mg
  • Sodium  128 mg
  • Potassium  160 mg
  • Phosphorus  109 mg
  • Calcium  21 mg
  • Fiber  0.2 g

Zesty Chicken Wings

Some occasions seem to call for chicken wings, from sports events to family TV viewing, and so DaVita renal dietitian Lisa from Massachusetts made it her goal to create a kidney-friendly recipe that would have all tasters giving her Zesty Chicken Wings thumbs up.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Lisa from Massachusetts.

Portions: 18     Serving size: 2 wings


  • 4 green onions
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup honey
  • 1/4 cup brown sugar
  • 2 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • 2 teaspoons all spice
  • 2 teaspoons dried thyme
  • 2 teaspoons hot sauce
  • 1 teaspoon ginger
  • 1 teaspoon minced garlic
  • 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup cranberry juice
  • 7 pounds chicken wings


  1. Chop green onions.
  2. Mix all ingredients except the chicken wings. Set aside 3/4 cup of marinade.
  3. Place chicken wings into a container, or large re-sealable plastic bag. Pour the extra marinade over wings. 
  4. Cover and marinate in the refrigerator 4 to 6 hours. 
  5. Preheat oven to 350° F. 
  6. Place chicken wings on a baking sheet, and bake for 20 minutes. 
  7. Meanwhile, in a small sauce pan, bring reserved 3/4 cup marinade to a boil. Reduce by 1/3 until it thickens slightly to a glaze (approximately 10 minutes).
  8. After 20 minutes remove chicken from the oven, and brush wings with the glaze.
  9. Raise oven temperature to 400° F and cook chicken wings about another 20 minutes, until done. 

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

    • 3 meat
    • 1/2 high calorie

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Seven pounds whole chicken wings yields about 36 wings.
  • Chicken wing drummettes or boneless chicken pieces may be substituted for whole chicken wings. Adjust cooking time to avoid overcooking.

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Zesty Chicken Wings

arlene11 says:


This is the first time I have used the diet helper and I find it wonderful...It will help me to plan meals that the whole family can eat. It's just wonderful...

Jul. 24, 2009, 1:50 PM - Inappropriate review?

Zesty Chicken Wings



very tasty recipe, however the directions are a little confusing. When I set aside 1 cup of the marinade for basting I had none left for marinading the chicken. The recipe only makes about one cup total. Are there any typos on the measurements? Moderator: We have corrected the recipe to set aside 3/4 cup of the marinade. Thanks for letting us know about this mistake.

Jul. 09, 2009, 9:56 AM - Inappropriate review?

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