Chicken and Summer Squash Bow-Tie Pasta

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

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Sharon from Illinois.

Portions: 4

Serving size: 1-3/4 cups


  • 6 ounces bow-tie pasta, uncooked
  • 3 tablespoons unsalted butter
  • 8 ounces boneless, skinless chicken breasts
  • 2 cups frozen summer squash
  • 1 teaspoons Mrs. Dash® Table Blend herb seasoning
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 tablespoons grated Parmesan cheese


  1. Prepare bow-tie pasta per package instructions without adding salt. Drain.
  2. Dice chicken. Melt 2 tablespoons butter in a skillet over medium heat. Add chicken and cook until chicken is no longer pink inside.
  3. Add frozen squash to the skillet with chicken. Heat through.
  4. Add Mrs. Dash® Table Blend seasoning and salt to chicken and squash.
  5. Stir cooked pasta into chicken mixture. Add 1 tablespoon butter and stir until melted.
  6. Divide into 4 portions and sprinkle each serving with 1/2 tablespoon grated Parmesan cheese before serving.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  332
  • Protein  20 g
  • Carbohydrates  36 g
  • Fat  12 g
  • Cholesterol  62 mg
  • Sodium  144 mg
  • Potassium  398 mg
  • Phosphorus  214 mg
  • Calcium  63 mg
  • Fiber  2.7 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

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

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

    • Use fresh summer squash when in season. Cook until tender.
    • Salt is optional. If omitted sodium is 77 mg per serving.
    • Adjust the amount of chicken for a high- or low-protein diet.
    • Refrigerate leftover portions for a quick meal over the next few days or freeze for later.

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Chicken and Summer Squash Bow-Tie Pasta

My nephrologist said I have to reduce my intake of potassium. Most of the recipes I looked at, seemed to have high potassium. Do you have any that are low in potassium? Dietitian comment: The recipes are lower in potassium in comparison to recipes that are not kidney-friendly. Most people on a low potassium diet are allowed 2,000 mg a day. Check with your doctor to determine your daily goal. You can use the DaVita Diet Helper to track your intake and the amount of potassium from the food you consume.

Feb. 23, 2014, 12:26 PM - Inappropriate review?
Chicken and Summer Squash Bow-Tie Pasta
Balindab says:

Just made this for lunch. It was DE-LISH!! will make again and again. Didnt have mrs dash so i used Trader Joe's salt free season blend. YUM!

Aug. 14, 2012, 11:15 AM - Inappropriate review?
Chicken and Summer Squash Bow-Tie Pasta
elby says:

I was wondering if I could add some cream cheese to the mix? If I eliminated the 1/4 teaspoon of salt, what would the nutrition values become? I would like to take this to a potluck. Moderator comment: You can omit the butter is step 5 and stir in 2 tablespoons of cream cheese. The fat is about the same and phosphorus is 12 mg higher.

May. 11, 2012, 1:18 PM - Inappropriate review?
Chicken and Summer Squash Bow-Tie Pasta

Our families introduction to non-dialysis CKD foods. Deliscious surprise. We all loved it.

Sep. 08, 2009, 7:38 AM - Inappropriate review?

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