Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  250
  • Protein  15 g
  • Carbohydrates  28 g
  • Fat  9 g
  • Cholesterol  22 mg
  • Sodium  265 mg
  • Potassium  329 mg
  • Phosphorus  140 mg
  • Calcium  72 mg
  • Fiber  3.7 g

Italian Style Vegetables & Pasta with Chicken

Try the kidney-friendly recipe for Italian Style Vegetables & Pasta with Chicken for your next big dinner.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe from "Cooking for David: A Culinary Dialysis Cookbook" by Sara Colman RD, CDE and Dorothy Gordon BS, RN. Submitted by DaVita dietitian Sara from California.

Portions: 2     Serving size: 1-1/4 cup


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1/2 cup green bell pepper
  • 1/4 cup onion
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 cup fresh broccoli florets
  • 1 teaspoon dried rosemary
  • 1 tablespoon fresh basil
  • 1/4 teaspoon red pepper flakes
  • 1/8 teaspoon salt
  • 2 ounces chicken, cooked
  • 1/4 cup low-sodium chicken broth
  • 2 teaspoons cornstarch
  • 1 cup pasta twists, cooked


  1. Chop bell pepper and onion. Dice chicken.
  2. Place oil in a large nonstick frying pan and stir-fry the bell pepper, onion and broccoli. Sprinkle with the rosemary, basil, red pepper flakes, garlic powder and salt.
  3. Stir in the cooked chicken.
  4. Mix chicken broth with cornstarch and add to vegetable and chicken mixture. Cook until thickened slightly. Stir in the cup of hot cooked pasta.
  5. Remove from heat and serve.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 1 starch
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1 fat

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Chicken may be increased to 6 ounces for those on dialysis. Protein content will be increased to 29 grams per serving.
  • For quick preparation, use 1-1/4 cups of a frozen vegetable mixture of similar composition to replace fresh vegetables.
  • Add more or less red pepper flakes to suit your own tolerance for spicy foods.
  • Squeeze on lemon juice or sprinkle with balsamic vinegar to add a tangy flavor.

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