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Basil Chicken
Basil Chicken


4 skinless chicken breast halves (trim visible fat)
1/3 cup margarine or butter, melted
1/4 cup fresh basil, chopped
1 tablespoon parmesan cheese, grated
1/4 teaspoon garlic powder
1/4 teaspoon Mrs. Dash® salt-free seasoning
Fresh basil sprigs, optional garnish

  1. Preheat oven to 325° F.
  2. Place chicken breast halves in a glass baking pan. Pierce each breast with a fork several times to allow mixture to season and flavor as it cooks.
  3. Melt butter in a glass mixing bowl in the microwave. Start at 15 seconds and stir to distribute heat.
  4. To melted butter, add basil, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and Mrs. Dash®. Stir mixture with a fork or whisk.
  5. Pour mixture evenly over chicken breasts making sure parmesan cheese is smoothly distributed.
  6. Baked uncovered, basting every 10 minutes with mixture from the pan, for a total of about 25 minutes or until juices in chicken are clear, not pink.

Helpful hints

  • Two tablespoons dried basil may be substituted if fresh basil is unavailable.
  • Parmesan cheese contains 36 milligrams phosphorus for one tablespoon. The key is to limit recipe to a very small amount to keep phosphorus low.
  • This recipe may be used in a CKD non-dialysis diet, but the portion size may need to be adjusted for a lower protein diet. Ask your dietitian about modifications for your individual protein requirements.

Nutrients per serving

  • Calories 252
  • Protein 27 g
  • Carbohydrates 0 g
  • Fat 16 g
  • Cholesterol 74 mg
  • Sodium 231 mg
  • Potassium 246 mg
  • Phosphorus 210 mg
  • Calcium 31 mg
  • Fiber 0.1 g