Italian Chicken Puree – Bariatric Pureed Diet

Steph Wagner MS, RDN

September 28, 2017

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Italian Chicken Puree


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The bariatric pureed diet is not for the faint of heart. Let’s face it.

Although, congratulations on finishing your liquid diet! Now you get to embark on some very soft textured foods! It doesn’t have to be all bad. Keep in mind all bariatric programs differ in the recommendations so review your guidelines and then get creative with adding flavor to those options!

This recipes allows you to enjoy the flavors of a Italian Chicken or other Italian inspired meal while still focusing on very soft ingredients. The KEY here its TINY bites, go SLOW, pause in between every bite, and stop at the first sign of fullness. Listen to that new pouch and have fun embarking on new flavors again!

Canned chicken can be made several different ways to keep your pureed and soft phase diet more exciting. Programs differ on when you can use canned chicken, so be sure you know when you can introduce this ingredient. Once you can, you might consider trying one the recipes below (links under photos):

Chicken Avocado Mash *Members Recipe*

Lemon Pepper Chicken Salad *Members Recipe*

Soft Mexican Chicken Salad


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Don’t forget to check out these 28 other Recipes for the Pureed & Soft Diet Phases! You can do this!!!

Italian Chicken Puree | Bariatric Pureed Diet | FoodCoach.Me

Italian Chicken Puree - Bariatric Pureed Diet

Course: Main Dish
Cuisine: No Cook
Servings: 1 serving
Calories: 106kcal
Author: Steph Wagner
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  • 1/4 cup canned chicken
  • 1 1/2 tbsp tomato sauce
  • 1/8 tsp salt
  • 1/8 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning


  • Place all ingredients into a small blender or use the back of a fork to blend ingredients until well incorporated and mixture looks soft.
  • Move to bowl and microwave 30 seconds.
  • Optional variation: add low-fat cottage cheese or ricotta cheese for a lasagna style meal.


Serving: 1recipe | Calories: 106kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 13g | Fat: 4g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 26mg | Sodium: 656mg | Potassium: 181mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 1g | Vitamin A: 224IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 43mg | Iron: 2mg
Nutrition Facts
Italian Chicken Puree - Bariatric Pureed Diet
Amount Per Serving (1 recipe)
Calories 106 Calories from Fat 36
% Daily Value*
Fat 4g6%
Saturated Fat 1g6%
Cholesterol 26mg9%
Sodium 656mg29%
Potassium 181mg5%
Carbohydrates 3g1%
Fiber 1g4%
Sugar 1g1%
Protein 13g26%
Vitamin A 224IU4%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 43mg4%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

12 thoughts on “Italian Chicken Puree – Bariatric Pureed Diet”

  1. This recipe sounds great! The pureed diet isn’t for the faint of heart! I remember being on pureed at my nephew’s second birthday party. Everyone else was eating sandwiches and salads, and I had pureed fat-free refried beans. It was sobering to say the least. I’m glad I was able to get my obesity under control thanks to my sleeve.

    This recipe would be really good layered with some ricotta cheese with mozzarella cheese baked on top. Yum!

  2. Do you need to use canned chicken for your chicken recipes I’m 2 weeks post op and about to start the pureed food soon.
    I’m not sure if I can make my own shredded chicken breast (ex: in a slow cooker)that it would be tender/soft enough.

  3. @Cheryl Morren every program is different so follow the guidelines outlined by your surgeon and bariatric team! If it were my patient I would at the least keep it to dark meat poultry and shred it with a little warmed broth mixed in. Even then I would do so closer to week 3 post-op. Compare that to what your program recommends!

  4. That is the shittest recipe I have ever seen!! Tomato sauce and canned chicken!!
    Make something from scratch with fresh ingredients!!

  5. Hi Tess. It’s true the post bariatric puréed diet leaves much to be desired. Healing is top of mind and textures can cause significant issues. To create this recipe from scratch I would recommend boiling chicken thighs and finely shredding then mixing with a homemade tomato puree. Many patients would prefer not to go through the work for only a couple bites and the puree diet is quite temporary- usually two weeks.

  6. 5 stars
    Can’t wait to try…. Can’t wait for soft foods lol thank you for posting this.

  7. Yay congratulations Ashley! It’s not for the faint of heart but it’s so worth it!

  8. Need more recipes for my niece who is on a 6-week liquid diet due to fractures on both sides of her jaw!

  9. @Alandra Pryor it will depend on your programs guidelines and timeframe since surgery! For many patients they could use ground chicken in this recipe around week four post-op but that varies greatly.

  10. @Roberto Elma it may depend on your program and what you are cleared for. If someone is just a couples weeks out and starting protein for the first time, it would be better to used canned chicken or chicken thighs that are pureed. Chicken breast as a white meat has more density and would be advised after 4 weeks for most programs

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