Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  384
  • Protein  18 g
  • Carbohydrates  24 g
  • Fat  24 g
  • Cholesterol  56 mg
  • Sodium  539 mg
  • Potassium  224 mg
  • Phosphorus  176 mg
  • Calcium  31 mg
  • Fiber  0.6 g

Chicken Squares

This dialysis-friendly recipe for Chicken Squares was submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Lori from Pennsylvania, who happens to know a lot about taste and convenience.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Lori from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1 square


  • 1-1/2 pound chicken breasts, bone in, with skin
  • 6 ounces cream cheese, softened
  • 2 tablespoons unsalted margarine, melted
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 2 packages Pillsbury Crescent Original® rolls 


  1. Preheat oven to 350° F.
  2. Cook, drain, and chop broccoli. 
    Boil chicken breasts until cooked; drain, remove skin and bones and dice into pieces.
  3. Mix together chicken, softened cream cheese, margarine and broccoli.
  4. Open crescent rolls and form a rectangle with 2 rolls. Pinch seam to seal and stretch rectangle.
  5. Place 1/8 of chicken mixture in center; wrap dough around chicken mixture and twist to seal, or fold edges across to make a turnover.
  6. Bake for 25 to 30 minutes or until rolls are browned.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch
  • 2-1/2 fat 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Take a look at Chicken Squares as they are baking in oven periodically to make sure they don’t get too brown.
  • This is a higher sodium entrée. To keep sodium in check, complete the meal with low-sodium items such as salad, low-sodium dressing and fruit.
  • The chicken bones and skin add extra flavor during cooking. Fourteen ounces of boneless, skinless chicken breasts may be substituted for bone-in breasts if desired.
  • Freeze or refrigerate broth from boiling the chicken for later use in a recipe that calls for low-sodium chicken broth.
  • If fat-free cream cheese is substituted, fat is reduced to 16 grams and sodium is 577 mg.

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Chicken Squares

NutrioTest says:


Love this recipe!

Nov. 15, 2013, 8:27 AM - Inappropriate review?

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elizabethhicks says:


This recipe was awesome! I added fresh Herbes de Provence to it since I like spices in mine with a little bit of garlic powder.

Dec. 19, 2011, 5:45 PM - Inappropriate review?

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ssy42 says:


after reading the reviews, I made as directed and added 1/4tsp garlic powder, 1/4 tsp onion powder and 1/4 tsp paprika to the chicken mixture. It was great!! We cut into bite sizes to sample and everyone wanted the recipe.

Sep. 28, 2011, 2:49 PM - Inappropriate review?

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Hockey says:


I have made this twice and have found it to be very tasty. I wish I could cut down the Sodium any ideas? Moderator response: You could make a homemade crescent roll dough with reduced salt and that would make a difference. For a recipe with 1 teaspoon of salt and 20 rolls the sodium drops to below 120 mg each.The Chicken Squares recipe will provide 205 mg sodium per serving instead of 539 mg.

Sep. 07, 2011, 4:30 PM - Inappropriate review?

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centella says:


Really liked these -- added garlic powder to suit our taste. Will add to the menu plan for a change of pace.

Sep. 27, 2009, 6:57 PM - Inappropriate review?

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This is great! Have made them more than once.

Mar. 28, 2009, 10:51 AM - Inappropriate review?

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This was very good, my husband AND kids loved it. Will make again soon!

Mar. 18, 2009, 6:47 AM - Inappropriate review?

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The other half of Russell and the one doing all the cooking, thank you for such a wonderful site to view everything I need to know that Russell does not tell me the doctor says. Thanks Nita from Georgia

May. 26, 2008, 11:34 AM - Inappropriate review?

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Could use a spice or two to give a little more flavor to it. Easy to make though....

May. 14, 2008, 1:48 PM - Inappropriate review?

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peanut_ says:


The chicken squares turned out really good and everyone who tried them liked them. They are quick and easy to make.

May. 06, 2008, 8:16 AM - Inappropriate review?

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