How Many Calories Are Actually In A Chicken Breast?

How Many Calories Are Actually In A Chicken Breast?

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Low in fat but packed with protein, chicken breast is an excellent choice for weight loss and a healthy diet. According to the USDA, one 4.2 oz. (120g) serving of boneless, skinless chicken breast has 198 calories, with 37 grams of protein, 5 grams of fat, and zero carbs.

“As long as you’re eating the breast meat, chicken is considered a lean meat,” says Emily Tills, MS, RDN, CDN, a registered dietitian nutritionist in Rochester, New York. “Chicken is a great protein option — lean, cheap, and readily available.”

When it comes to chicken breast, calories and nutritional content will depend on how you cook it and whether or not you eat the skin (which contains a good deal of fat). Poaching, baking, roasting, and broiling boneless, skinless chicken breasts are the healthiest options; frying even boneless, skinless breasts in oil, can add significant calories and fat.

Read on for a caloric breakdown of the different preparations of chicken breasts.

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Chicken Breast Calories

Baked Chicken Breast Calories

chicken breast calories- baked chicken breast

½ medium breast, boneless and skinless (120g): 198 calories, 37 grams protein, 5 grams fat

½ medium breast, boneless with skin (130g): 254 calories, 38 grams protein, 10 grams fat

Fried Chicken Breast Calories

calories in chicken breast- fried chicken breast

½ medium breast, boneless, skinless, and no coating (120g): 223 calories, 37 grams protein, 8 grams fat

Not all parts of the chicken are created equal nutritionally. Chicken wings can really rack up the fat and calories. Wings offer just over 1 ounce of meat, so the difference between a single baked and fried wing is small (but who eats just one)? The differences will add up depending on how many wings you consume in a single sitting.

Chicken thighs are juicier but also more caloric than chicken breast.

If you choose these parts of the chicken, baking is your best bet.


Chicken Wings Calories

Baked Chicken Wing Calories

chicken calories- baked chicken wing

1 medium wing (36 g): 84 calories, 9.5 grams protein, 5 grams fat

Fried Chicken Wing Calories

chicken calories- fried chicken wing

1 medium wing (36 g): 91 calories, 9 grams protein, 6 grams fat


Chicken Thigh Calories

Baked Chicken Thigh Calories

chicken calories- baked chicken thigh

1 large thigh, boneless with skin (105 g): 236 calories, 24 grams protein, 15 grams fat

1 large thigh, boneless and skinless (90g): 156 calories, 22 grams protein, 7 grams fat

Fried Chicken Thigh Calories

chicken calories- fried chicken thigh

1 large thigh with skin (105 g): 301 calories, 26 grams protein, 22 grams fat



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Michael Martin is a New York City-based writer and editor who specializes in health, nutrition and lifestyle reporting. Follow him on Twitter.