Low Sodium Chicken Soup

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

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Melissa from Indiana.

Portions: 10

Serving size: 1-1/2 cups


  • 1 pound chicken breast, boneless, skinless, cooked 
  • 1 tablespoon onion
  • 4 celery stalks
  • 2 tablespoons fresh parsley
  • 1 cup fresh carrots
  • 1 tablespoon butter
  • 7-1/2 cups water
  • 5 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/8 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 cup frozen mixed vegetables


  1. Dice chicken and set aside. Chop onion, celery and parsley; slice carrots 1/2-inch thick.
  2. Sauté butter and onion in a 4-quart pot for 5 minutes, until tender.
  3. Add water and chicken broth and bring to a boil.
  4.  Add chicken, celery, parsley and pepper, then cover and simmer for 30 minutes.
  5. Add carrots, cover and simmer for 20 minutes.
  6. Add frozen vegetables, cover and simmer 20 minutes longer.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  97
  • Protein  13 g
  • Carbohydrates  5 g
  • Fat  3 g
  • Cholesterol  31 mg
  • Sodium  301 mg
  • Potassium  274 mg
  • Phosphorus  116 mg
  • Calcium  27 mg
  • Fiber  1.6 g

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2 meat
  • 1 vegetable, low potassium 

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Look for reduced sodium broth containing 500 milligrams sodium or less per 1 cup serving. Avoid low sodium broths and bouillons containing potassium chloride—it’s very high in potassium. Recommended brands include Health Valley No Salt, Fat Free Chicken Broth (800-423-4846), Kitchen Basics Natural Chicken Stock and Swanson 50% Less Sodium Chicken Broth.
  • If you are on hemodialysis or restricted fluid, be sure to count liquid in the soup as part of your fluid allowance for the day.

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Low Sodium Chicken Soup

Should the veggies be dice and boiled separate from the chicken? Dietitian comment: No it works to cook both together but since the chicken is already cooked you could add it after cooking the veggies.

Oct. 03, 2014, 8:47 AM - Inappropriate review?
Low Sodium Chicken Soup
Catrow3865 says:

this is good but I think i'd skip buying the low sodium chicken broth. as long as u got real chicken (prefer free range) and make that into soup - maybe save some for other recipe, best broth to use, than buy processed ones.

Aug. 21, 2014, 10:04 AM - Inappropriate review?
Low Sodium Chicken Soup

Having read just about every low sodium chicken broth I could find, I can tell you this, the best one, with the least amount of sodium, was also the most expensive, but it's called: Pacific Organic, Range Free Low Sodium Chicken Broth. Under the Nutrition Label: It has only 70mg of sodium for 1 cup of broth. No potassium chloride. 10 calories per cup. 0 fat, 0 cholesterol, 0 sugars, 2grams of protein. Total carbs:1g.

Apr. 02, 2014, 5:53 AM - Inappropriate review?
Low Sodium Chicken Soup
cats says:

The sodium content and potassium seems extremely high for CKD. Moderator comment: These levels are acceptable for a low sodium, low potassium diet. Comparable low-sodium and reduced-sodium chicken noodle soups range from 140 to 475 mg sodium for only 1 cup. Most low and reduced sodium soups now have potassium chloride added and range from 450 to 800 mg potassium for a one cup serving. and potassium ranges

Nov. 08, 2012, 9:17 AM - Inappropriate review?
Low Sodium Chicken Soup

This sounds great for the colder months, it will also fulfill the when working with chicken recipies.

Jul. 05, 2009, 3:10 AM - Inappropriate review?
Low Sodium Chicken Soup

sodium content looks too high

May. 19, 2009, 2:02 AM - Inappropriate review?

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