Chicken and Watercress with Gratin Pasta


Serving Size:
1-3/4 cup

    Diet Types:
  • CKD non-dialysis
  • Diabetes
  • Dialysis
  • Lower Protein


  • 2 cups pasta spirals or shells
  • 1 small onion
  • 2 garlic cloves
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 cup shredded, cooked chicken
  • 1 cup fresh watercress
  • 1-2/3 cup béchamel sauce (white sauce)
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup Parmesan cheese


  1. Cook the pasta according to package instructions, omitting salt.
  2. Meanwhile, chop the onion, garlic cloves and watercress. Heat the oil in a skillet and sauté the onion and garlic. Add the shredded chicken and watercress. Mix well and cook until the watercress is wilted.
  3. Once the pasta is cooked, drain and add the chicken mixture and half the béchamel sauce. Mix well.
  4. Place the mixture into a baking dish sprayed with cooking spray. Cover with the remaining béchamel sauce. Sprinkle with the Parmesan cheese and bake 30 to 40 minutes until golden brown.

Helpful hints

  • Béchamel sauce is a basic white sauce.

Nutrients per serving

Calories 345

Protein 19 g

Carbohydrates 38 g

Fat 13 g

Cholesterol 55 mg

Sodium 437 mg

Potassium 337 mg

Phosphorus 248 mg

Calcium 230 mg

Fiber 2.1 g

Kidney and kidney diabetic food choices

  • 1 meat
  • 2 starch
  • 1 vegetable, low potassium
  • 2 fat

Carbohydrate choices


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