Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  211
  • Protein  30 g
  • Carbohydrates  7 g
  • Fat  7 g
  • Cholesterol  73 mg
  • Sodium  88 mg
  • Potassium  337 mg
  • Phosphorus  230 mg
  • Calcium  34 mg
  • Fiber  0.5 g

Garlic Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar

DaVita renal dietitians are always on the lookout for simple, gourmet-tasting dishes with great nutrition for their dialysis patients. Carrie from Texas found a winner when she discovered kidney-friendly Garlic Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar. Enjoy the hearty flavors of garlic and balsamic vinegar blending together to make the chicken taste like it came from your favorite restaurant.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Carrie from Texas.

Portions: 4     Serving size: 1 chicken breast


  • 4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon fresh ground black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 8 garlic cloves, peeled
  • 3/4 cup white button mushrooms, sliced
  • 1/4 cup balsamic vinegar
  • 3/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon thyme leaves
  • 1 tablespoon cornstarch


  1. Wash and trim excess fat from chicken breasts.
  2. Coat both sides of chicken breast with pepper.
  3. Heat olive oil in nonstick skillet over medium-high heat, and cook until nicely browned on one side (about 3 minutes).
  4. Add garlic, turn chicken and scatter mushrooms all over.
  5. Move chicken and mushrooms around to keep them from sticking and cook about 3 minutes.
  6. In a small bowl, mix balsamic vinegar, low-sodium chicken broth, bay leaf, thyme leaves and cornstarch.
  7. Add mixture to skillet with chicken. Stir until sauce is thickened.
  8. Cover and cook over moderately-low heat for about 10 minutes.
  9. Remove bay leaf and garlic before serving. Serve over rice or pasta.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 4 meat
  • 1/2 vegetable, low potassium

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • If you are on a lower protein diet, try this recipe but reduce the portion to match your diet plan.
  • Refrigerate leftover chicken to use in a salad or sandwich the next day.

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Garlic Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar

retiredteacher says:


This sounds delicious but can you please explain to me why this recipe would not be CKD non-dialysis friendly? I am new to this style of cooking and am trying to understand what makes a recipe ok and what does not. Is there too much protein or is it the quantity of potassium from the mushrooms? Thanks for teaching a retired teacher! Dietitian comment: YOu are correct Judy, it's because of the high protein content. Otherwise the recipe is fine for a CKD non-dialysis diet if you decrease the portion to 2 ounces or the amount suggested in your meal plan. I will adjust the diet types to reflect this.

Dec. 05, 2013, 6:29 AM - Inappropriate review?

Garlic Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar

NONE777 says:


This is a wonderful recipe and is very similar to a "non-renal" version I make at home. I did not have a problem with the chicken being tough or the garlic flavor not being present like described by another user. I suspect something went awry during the cooking process. I have found that a longer simmering time over low heat results in tender chicken breasts. I would recommend using white balsamic vinegar for a milder taste and no discoloration. Loved this and recommend it to my dialysis patients who need more flavorful protein sources.

Nov. 01, 2012, 8:47 AM - Inappropriate review?

Garlic Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar

kmhaase says:


Being a "foodie", this recipe was fantastic! I made it for a family member at a dinner party I was having (who is on a renal diet). Everyone wanted to eat his dinner - and copied the recipe! My husband and friends were sopping up the juices from the pan! The chicken was tender the ratio of garlic to balsamic was perfect. I served it with wild rice and grilled asparagus.

Feb. 20, 2012, 5:50 AM - Inappropriate review?

Garlic Chicken with Balsamic Vinegar



I do wonder if there was possibly an issue with my chicken or my balsamic vinegar but the chicken was very tough and all you could taste was the balsamic vinegar. The next day I could still smell the garlic on my hands but I never could taste it in the dish. I doubt I'll try this one again.

Aug. 19, 2009, 11:23 AM - Inappropriate review?

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