Ranch Chicken Pasta

Diet types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Jackie from Virginia.

Portions: 8

Serving size: 1-1/2 cups


  • 16 ounces penne pasta
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 1 tablespoon all-purpose white flour
  • 1 cup unenriched rice milk
  • 2 teaspoons dried parsley flakes
  • 1 teaspoon salt-free lemon pepper seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried minced onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon dill weed
  • 1/4 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1/8 teaspoon pepper
  • 1 cup reduced-fat sour cream
  • 2 cups cooked chicken breast, cubed
  • 1/2 cup reduced-fat Mexican cheese blend, shredded
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, shredded


  1. Cook pasta as directed on package, omitting salt; drain and set aside.
  2. In a large saucepan or Dutch oven, melt butter. Whisk in flour until smooth. 
  3. Gradually add rice milk and seasonings.
  4. Bring to a boil. Cook and stir for 2 minutes or until thickened.
  5. Reduce heat and fold in sour cream until well mixed. 
  6. Add chicken and pasta. Cook and stir until heated through.
  7. Remove from heat. Stir in Mexican cheese blend until melted. Sprinkle with parmesan cheese and serve.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  237
  • Protein  16 g
  • Carbohydrates  23 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  49 mg
  • Sodium  150 mg
  • Potassium  184 mg
  • Phosphorus  204 mg
  • Calcium  136 mg
  • Fiber  0.9 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1-1/2 starch

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Freeze leftovers in individual portions for a quick meal later.
  • Chicken may be increased to make a higher protein dish.
  • Add 2 cups cooked broccoli or carrots in step 6 to make a one dish meal.
  • The cheese in this recipe contributes 1-1/2 tablespoons per serving and 56 mg phosphorus which is acceptable for a kidney diet. For a lower phosphorus version you can omit the cheeses.
  • Ask your dietitian to recommend the rice milk or nondairy creamer brand lowest in phosphorus and potassium.

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Ranch Chicken Pasta
joe2d2 says:

this recipe was pretty good and easy to make, although you do have to cook the chicken seperately does have to alter the cooking time, but you can do that while cooking the noodles. The only thing that I would change would lessen the amount of sour cream. The sauce is very sour cream heavy.

Apr. 27, 2011, 6:27 PM - Inappropriate review?
Ranch Chicken Pasta

I haven't tried this yet, but I was wondering if it could be used as a salad for the hot summer months.

Jul. 21, 2010, 11:10 AM - Inappropriate review?

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