Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  356
  • Protein  27 g
  • Carbohydrates  44 g
  • Fat  8 g
  • Cholesterol  56 mg
  • Sodium  353 mg
  • Potassium  542 mg
  • Phosphorus  253 mg
  • Calcium  46 mg
  • Fiber  3.5 g

Chicken Lo Mein

Who doesn’t love Chinese food with its signature crunchy veggies and lively sauces?! Lo mein means “stirred noodles” in Cantonese, and the dish is sautéed or flash-wokked differently from Chow Mein, which is stir-fried. The kidney-friendly recipe was modified by Laura from Texas, and the great thing about it is that leftover chicken (or beef) from a cookout works perfectly as the meat-base—nobody will know you’re using leftovers!

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Laura from Texas.

Portions: 5     Serving size: 1-3/4 cup


  • 2 tablespoons olive oil
  • 8 ounces lo mein noodles
  • 1 pound  boneless, skinless, chicken breasts
  • 1-1/2 cups carrots, diagonally sliced
  • 1 cup celery, diagonally sliced
  • 1 cup onion, sliced
  • 1 cup raw mushrooms, sliced
  • 2 tablespoons reduced-sodium soy sauce


  1. Cook lo mein noodles according to package omitting salt. Drain and set aside.
  2. Thinly slice chicken breasts. 
  3. Heat olive oil in a wok or big, deep skillet over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté for 4 to 5 minutes or until no longer pink.
  4. Add onions, carrots and celery. Stir-fry gently until vegetables are cooked but  still crunchy, about 4 to 5 minutes.
  5. Add mushrooms and noodles, and stir constantly until hot.
  6. Add soy sauce, stir and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 2-1/2 starch
  • 2 vegetables, low and medium potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Linguine or fettuccine can be used instead of lo mein noodles. The nutrient composition is very similar.
  • Replace chicken with thin slices of beef for variety.
  • Use leftover grilled chicken or beef from a cookout the day before. In step #3, reduce cooking time to 1 to 2 minutes.

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we used pork and added water chesnuts, my husband like it

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