Kidney Disease Diet

Chronic Kidney Disease is a serious condition that affects 1 in 10 Americans, 20 years and older.  Most of the population who lives with the disease may not know they have it. Be proactive! If you start forming good habits now, you will have a healthier life now and in the future. If you are one of the 20 million people living with Chronic Kidney Disease, here is a dietary guide to follow.

  • Low phosphorus, sodium, and fat diet
  • Eat more fruits and vegetables
  • Eat more Legumes (peas or beans)
  • Control your blood pressure
  • Control your diabetes, if applicable
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Maintain a healthy weight


If you or a loved one is living with Chronic Kidney Disease (CKD), check out two kidney friendly recipes below.


Tex- Mex Wings

Servings: 12     |     Serving size: 2 wings


  • one 8-ounce can diced green chili peppers
  • 1/2 cup barbecue sauce (choose lowest sodium brand)
  • 3/4 cup local honey
  • 2 teaspoons chili powder
  • 1/3 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 24 chicken wing drummettes



  1. Preheat oven to 400° F.
  2. Combine all ingredients except chicken in a large bowl.
  3. Add chicken and toss to coat.
  4. Place chicken in a baking dish and bake for 30 to 35 minutes. Check internal temperature with a thermometer.
  5. Serve right away or place in a covered warming dish until the chicken is ready to be served.


Helpful Hints

  • Buy fresh wing drummettes at the grocery. A 1-1/4 pound package contains approximately 12 drummettes.  If unavailable, ask your butcher to cut whole chicken wings into drummette size.
  • Boneless chicken pieces may be used in this recipe. Check for doneness after 20 minutes.
  • Look for the lowest sodium brand of green chili peppers. Sodium varies greatly between brands.



Dirty Rice

Servings: 4     |     Serving size: 2/3 cup


  • 3/4 cup uncooked rice
  • 2 teaspoons vegetable oil
  • 1/2 cup onion, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green pepper, chopped
  • 1 clove garlic, chopped (optional)
  • 1 cup reduced sodium chicken broth
  • 1-1/4 cups water
  • 1/2 teaspoon black pepper



  1. In a casserole or saucepan sauté rice in oil until rice is light brown, stirring frequently.
  2. Add onion and green pepper and continue to sauté until onion and pepper are tender but not browned.
  3. Add garlic and continue cooking for 1 minute.
  4. Add broth, water and black pepper. Cover and bring to a boil; reduce heat and simmer about 20 minutes until rice is cooked.


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