Nutrients per serving

  • Calories  214
  • Protein  20 g
  • Carbohydrates  12 g
  • Fat  10 g
  • Cholesterol  32 mg
  • Sodium  246 mg
  • Potassium  355 mg
  • Phosphorus  176 mg
  • Calcium  47 mg
  • Fiber  1.6 g

Yucatan Lime Soup

Ready to add some “cha-cha-cha” to your cooking? Travel south of the border with DaVita dietitian Robin for the kidney-friendly recipe, Yucatan Lime Soup.

Diet types:

  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Dialysis
  • Diabetes

Recipe submitted by DaVita dietitian Robin from Virginia.

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


  • 1/2 cup onion
  • 8 cloves garlic
  • 2 Serrano chili peppers
  • 1 medium tomato
  • 1-1/2 cups chicken breast, cooked
  • 2 corn tortillas, 6” size
  • nonstick cooking spray
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 4 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/4 cup lime juice
  • 1/4 cup fresh cilantro, chopped
  • 1/1 teaspoon black pepper


  1. Preheat oven to 400ºF.
  2. Finely chop onion and cilantro and mince garlic cloves. Thinly slice chili peppers. Cut tomato in half and remove skin and seeds. Shred chicken.
  3. Cut tortillas into thin strips. Arrange the tortilla strips on a baking sheet and spray with cooking spray. Bake for 3 minutes or until lightly toasted. Remove from oven and place onto a plate to cool.
  4. Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat.  Add onion, garlic and chili peppers. Cook until the onions are translucent. 
  5. Add tomato, broth, chicken, salt and bay leaf. Simmer for 8 to 10 minutes.
  6. Add lime juice and cilantro. Season with black pepper.
  7. Taste, and add more lime juice if desired.
  8. Serve with tortilla strips sprinkled on top.

Renal and renal diabetic food choices

  • 2-1/2 meat
  • 1 vegetable, medium potassium
  • 1/2 starch

Carbohydrate choices


Helpful hints

  • Twelve unsalted tortilla chips can be substituted for the tortillas. Skip step #2 in preparations.
  • Homemade chicken stock contains 30 to 60 mg sodium per cup, if no salt or bouillon is added. No-salt added broth or low-sodium broth contains less than 140 mg sodium per cup. Reduced sodium broth contains 450 to 600 mg sodium per cup.
  •  If reduced sodium broth is used in this recipe, decrease broth portion to 2 cups, omit the 1/4- teaspoon salt and add 2 cups of water to keep sodium low.

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Yucatan Lime Soup

hof6820 says:


This is loaded with flavor, my husband even liked it, I am going to make a larger portion next time and freeze some for lunches. The only substitution I made was using no salt added organic diced tomatoes vs fresh.

Oct. 27, 2012, 12:53 PM - Inappropriate review?

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