Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  235
  • Protein  17 g
  • Carbohydrates  8 g
  • Fat  15 g
  • Cholesterol  83 mg
  • Sodium  390 mg
  • Potassium  146 mg
  • Phosphorus  117 mg
  • Calcium  45 mg
  • Fiber  0.4 g

Tasty Chicken Patties

DaVita renal dietitian Melanie from Ohio shares her recipe for kidney-friendly Tasty Chicken Patties, an excellent alternative to salmon or tuna patties for the person who’s following the dialysis diet but doesn’t care for fish.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Melanie from Ohio.

Portions: 6     Serving size: 1 patty


  • 14.5 ounces canned chicken
  • 1 ounce  cream cheese, softened
  • 1 egg
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground sage
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon Italian seasoning
  • 3/4 cup panko bread crumbs
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil


  1. Using a fork, mash chicken with juices in a medium bowl.
  2. Add the cream cheese, egg, sage, garlic powder, black pepper, onion powder, Italian seasoning and bread crumbs, and mix well.
  3. Form six patties.
  4. In a medium skillet heat olive oil over medium heat.
  5. Fry patties for 5- to 6 minutes on each side or until crispy on the outside and heated through.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1/2 starch

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Choose the canned chicken lowest in sodium.Melanie uses Keystone Chicken (available at Walmart).
  • Chicken Patties are very similar to salmon or tuna patties, but might be better liked by someone who doesn't care for fish. 
  • Look for Kikkoman brand panko bread crumbs-- the sodium content is lower compared to commercial and generic unseasoned bread crumbs. Unsalted or low-sodium crushed saltines are an acceptable alternative to the bread crumbs.
  •  Variations: instead of patties, form into 24 chicken meatballs. Meatballs could be eaten as a high-protein snack or used with Roasted Red Pepper Sauce recipe over pasta. 

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Tasty Chicken Patties

CharlieAnn says:


This is really good. I make it with toffuti cream cheese and leave out the egg, because are can not have eggs. They are moist and stay together really well for cooking.

May. 28, 2013, 6:58 AM - Inappropriate review?

Tasty Chicken Patties

harleyd says:


My DR is more concerned with my potassium and protein, and has not mention phosphorus as a concern. My concern with this recipe is that the protein seems to be very high. 17grams? Im in stage 3 (ICD-585.3 ) Renal Disease. Dietitian comment: You can make smaller patties for a lower protein diet. If you make 8 instead of 6 patties protein is 13 grams each. If you make 10 patties protein is 10 grams each.

Nov. 23, 2012, 9:54 PM - Inappropriate review?

Tasty Chicken Patties

cats says:


I am thinking, would this work also with just plain chicken, baked. Would I need to add some type of liquid with it? Dietitian reply: No I think the cream cheese will keep it moist.

Nov. 18, 2012, 2:09 PM - Inappropriate review?

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