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Bake Chicken Italian

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  252
  • Protein  27 g
  • Carbohydrates  0 g
  • Fat  16 g
  • Cholesterol  74 mg
  • Sodium  231 mg
  • Potassium  246 mg
  • Phosphorus  210 mg
  • Calcium  31 mg
  • Fiber  0.1 g

Basil Chicken

Try this fresh, kidney-friendly recipe for Basil Chicken.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Carla from Florida.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 1 chicken breast


  • 4 skinless chicken breasts
  • 1/3 cup trans-fat free margarine
  • 1/4 cup fresh basil
  • 1 tablespoon grated parmesan cheese
  • 1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® herb seasoning blend
  • 4 fresh basil sprigs, optional garnish 


  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Place chicken breast halves in a glass baking pan. Pierce each breast with a fork several times to allow mixture to season and flavor as it cooks.
  3. Melt margarine in a glass mixing bowl in the microwave. Start at 15 seconds and stir to distribute heat.
  4. To melted margarine, add basil, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and Mrs. Dash®. Stir mixture with a fork or whisk.
  5. Pour mixture evenly over chicken breasts making sure parmesan cheese is smoothly distributed.
  6. Baked uncovered, basting every 10 minutes with mixture from the pan, for a total of about 25 minutes or until juices in chicken are clear, not pink.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3-1/2 meat
  • 1/2 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Two tablespoons dried basil may be substituted if fresh basil is unavailable.
  • Parmesan cheese contains 36 milligrams phosphorus for one tablespoon. The key is to limit recipe to a very small amount to keep phosphorus low.
  • This recipe may be used in a CKD non-dialysis diet, but the portion size may need to be adjusted for a lower protein diet. Ask your dietitian about modifications for your individual protein requirements.

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Basil Chicken

jackiea says:


Made this for lunch today. My family and I really enjoyed this recipe. Not only was it full of flavor, it was really quick and easy to make!

Jul. 30, 2014, 6:35 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Bluebonnet says:


This is the first recipe that I have tried from your site, and it was wonderful. I have a basil plant on my patio so I was able to use really fresh basil. Also, I don't like margarine so I substituted olive oil instead. It was delicious, and I look forward to fixing it again. I look forward to trying some of your other recipes also. Thank you.

Jul. 22, 2013, 1:48 PM - Inappropriate review?

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faithfriend says:


This was delish and easy to make! My parents loved it and wanted me to make some more soon. There were no left-overs.

Apr. 08, 2013, 12:26 PM - Inappropriate review?

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chimom says:


My husband and I both love this! I'm enjoying the leftovers right now!

May. 19, 2010, 9:49 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Glasslass says:


Hubby loved this. I made it with legs as he hates breast meat. Dumped everything into a zip bag and marinated overnight.

Apr. 16, 2010, 12:47 PM - Inappropriate review?

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grogg2 says:


Best chicken ever! Did it in pan on barbecue then grilled lightly when done & then returned to mixture in pan. Also tried it with italian seasoning instead of basil. Loved it & so easy to make.

Aug. 20, 2009, 4:39 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Quick, easy and very good!

Jul. 25, 2009, 3:25 PM - Inappropriate review?

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This was a delicious recipe and very easy to make.

Jul. 08, 2009, 3:46 PM - Inappropriate review?

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My whole family loves this--one of our favorite recipes!

May. 17, 2009, 12:48 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Judith W says:


Delicious & easy!

Mar. 28, 2009, 1:13 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Smells & tastes great! Easy receipe to prepare!

Sep. 19, 2008, 1:13 PM - Inappropriate review?

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