Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  355
  • Protein  24 g
  • Carbohydrates  38 g
  • Fat  12 g
  • Cholesterol  59 mg
  • Sodium  348 mg
  • Potassium  653 mg
  • Phosphorus  270 mg
  • Calcium  133 mg
  • Fiber  4.7 g

Chicken Chili

Chili is always a great crowd pleaser, and a welcome addition to any festivity. DaVita renal dietitian, Elizabeth from Pennsylvania, has devised a dialysis-friendly version of Chicken Chili by simply substituting some ingredient to make it better for a kidney diet.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita renal dietitian Elizabeth from Pennsylvania.

Portions: 8     Serving size: 1-cup chili plus 1/2-cup rice


  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 4 garlic cloves 
  • 1 cup onion
  • 1 cup celery
  • 1 cup carrots
  • 1 cup green pepper
  • 1-1/2 pounds chicken, boneless, skinless, cooked
  • 14 ounces low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 cup low-sodium diced tomatoes
  • 1 cup kidney beans
  • 3/4 cup salsa
  • 3 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 teaspoon ground Mexican oregano
  • 1/2 cup grated cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup sour cream
  • 4 cups white rice, cooked


  1. Chop garlic, onion, celery, carrots and green pepper. Dice cooked chicken.
  2. Pour oil in a large stock pot.
  3. Sauté garlic, onion, celery, carrot and green pepper until soft.
  4. Add low-sodium broth and bring to a boil.
  5. Drain tomatoes. Drain and rinse kidney beans. 
  6. Add chicken, beans, tomatoes, salsa, chili powder and oregano to sauted vegetables. Simmer for 1 hour.  
  7. Serve 1-cup chili over 1/2-cup white rice. Top each serving with 1 tablespoon grated sharp cheddar cheese and 1 tablespoon sour cream.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 3 meat
  • 1-1/2 vegetable, medium and high potassium
  • 2 starch 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • 1-1/2 punds cooked chicken is approximately 3 cups. If you wish, use a stewing chicken or a pre-cooked rotisserie chicken. Pull meat from bones and chop.
  • Compare brands and buy the lowest sodium canned and bottled ingredients.
  • Freeze 1 cup portions for a quick meal later.
  • Recipe is easy to reduce for a smaller batch.
  • If you are on a protein-limited diet, adjust this recipe by decreasing the portion of meat and cheese.

Write a Comment

Already have a account? Sign in to review. If not, register now.

Tell us what you think.

Rate it:

All comments will be approved by a DaVita teammate and generally will be posted if they are on-topic and not abusive. For more information, please see frequently asked questions.

What's everyone saying?

9 Comments | Average User Rating:

Chicken Chili

bequita123 says:


tomatoes? I didn't think that was allowed on a renal diabetic diet... beans, oh my and cheese w/sour cream - this true? and salsa too? my husband will be overjoyed! is this legal? sounds too good to be true.. Dietitian comment: As long as you stay within the recommended portion and follow the recipe closely, a serving of this chili works for most kidney diets. If you take your husband's daily target for potassium, phosphorus and sodium and divide by 3 meals you can get an idea about how the recipe fits into his plan. Use the DaVita Diet Helper meal planner and nutrition tracker to plan a meal using this recipe.

Jul. 14, 2014, 4:30 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Chili

Nonielle says:


I thought this recipe was good for all stages. Is this restricted for a low potassium diet? This recipe sounds so good. I was so disappointed when I was told no beans I hoped that this is would ok in a limited amount.??? Dietitian comment: Yes the kidney beans contributes 2 tablespoons per serving and can be included in small amounts. You can include a serving of this chili in a low potassium diet by following the recommended portion and serving low potassium beverage and dessert with it.

Jul. 12, 2014, 5:32 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Chili

gmavicki says:


what would nutrition be without the rice? Dietitian comment: 1/2 cup cooked long grain rice contains approximately 100 calories, 2 g protein, 22 g carbohydrate, 0 fat, 0 mg sodium, 28 mg potassium and 34 mg phosphorus. Deduct these amounts from the recipe nutrition information.

Apr. 01, 2014, 2:11 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Chili

Iowntheball14 says:


What kind of salsa did you guys use? Dietitian Comment: Newman's Own. Compare brands and look for lowest in sodium and if provided, potassium content.

Nov. 02, 2013, 6:25 AM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Chili

CharlieAnn says:


This really good. Did change a couple of things. Used no sodium bouillon and a whole can of no salt diced tomatoes and also hominy rinsed really well under cold water. Our son can't have kidney beans.

Jan. 25, 2012, 3:31 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Chili

kimberlyploughe48 says:


My step dad isnt allowed beans because of his kidneys, is the organic ok for him without the no salt? Moderator comment: If you omit the 1 cup of beans the potassium and phosphorus content will be lower,

Jan. 18, 2012, 1:07 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Chili

kuhle says:


I used rice. It is a nice change to have a meat dish compared to just prepared meat.

Nov. 06, 2010, 4:57 PM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Chili

sblasczyk says:


I had a patient make this recipe and reported it was excellent. She used red peppers in place of the green and added only 2T chili powder.

May. 06, 2009, 7:25 AM - Inappropriate review?

Chicken Chili

centella says:


Very good! And quick to fix. Also found Eden Organic brand kidney beans without added salt. I will definitely make this dish again. Might be a good filler for flour tortillas as a fajita if you do not like the rice.

Apr. 21, 2009, 12:45 PM - Inappropriate review?

Have No Fear, Diet Helper is Here

Get kidney-friendly meal plans with DaVita Diet Helper.

Start Today

Recipe Alerts-
Sign Up

Receive a monthly newsletter with our newest kidney-friendly recipes.

Sign Up Today

Download a Cookbook

Get a free recipe collection from the DaVita kitchen.

Start Today

Food Analyzer

Manage your kidney diet by finding values for 13 nutrients, including potassium and phosphorus.

Analyze Now

Phosphorus Challenge

Use this tool to learn about the important role phosphorus plays in the kidney diet.

Sign Up Today

Kidney Diet Tips Blog

Recipes, tips and news for people on a kidney diet.

Read Now


© 2004-2014 DaVita HealthCare Partners Inc. All rights reserved. Terms of Use | Privacy of medical information | Web Privacy Policy | Safe Harbor Privacy | FAQs | Site map
This site is for informational purposes only and is not intended to be a substitute for medical advice from a physician.
Please check with a physician if you need a diagnosis and/or for treatments as well as information regarding your specific condition. If you are experiencing urgent medical conditions, call 9-1-1