How Many Calories in a Chicken Breast?

Defines how many calories in a chicken breast based on how it is processed, and cooked.

How Many Calories in a Chicken Breast

Many variables are involved in determining the calories in the breast piece. The calorie count you receive will vary depending on where your numbers come from. You need to judge the variation of the numbers based on the processing and cooking methods involved instead of the accuracy of the specific numbers.

Chicken Breast Cooking Methods


Method........................Weight..........Calories..........Lb-Yeilds.......Calories
Fried w/batter.................140 g............364...............84 g.............218
Fried, rolled in flour..........98 g............218...............59 g.............218
Fried, skin-less................86 g............161...............52 g..............97
Roasted, skin-less..............86 g............142...............52 g..............86

Column One – Cooking method used and whether the skin has been removed from the meat. If it is not stated skin-less, the skin has not been removed.

Column Two – Weight of the cooked chicken breast weight in grams.

Column Three – Calories contained in the cooked chicken breast.

Column Four – How many grams of finished product in one pound of raw ready to cook chicken yields. Notice most of the raw meat weight is water and oils cooked out of the meat.

Column Five – Calories contained in the one pound finished product yield.

Notice chicken fried with crust is significantly higher in calories than roasted chicken. The skin adds to the calories. The methods without the skin do not have the crust.

1 ounce = 28.35 grams

1 pound = 16 ounces = 454 grams

When you visit a Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurant the original recipe, extra crispy, and spicy crispy recipes are cooked from bone-in, skin-on meat submerged in deep fried oil cookers.

Kentucky Fried Chicken Breast Calories:


Recipe.............................Weight/Total Calories.................Included Fat Weight/Calories
Original Recipe.....................164 g / 320 calories.....................15 g fat / 130 calories
Extra Crispy........................176 g / 510 calories.....................33 g fat / 290 calories
Spicy Crispy........................178 g / 420 calories.....................25 g fat / 220 calories
Grilled............................123 g / 210 calories.......................8 g fat / 70 calories

Column One – Recipe of how the meat is cooked.

Column Two – Weight in grams and the calories of a breast piece of chicken.

Column Three – Breakout of the weight in grams and calorie count of the fat. These numbers are included in the column two totals.

1 ounce = 28.35 grams

How Many Calories in a Grilled Chicken Breast

The calories in a grilled breast are lower than the fried breast. The grilled meat is lighter than the fried meat because it does not contain a layer of crust.

The grilled pieces are cooked differently. The fried pieces are a high calorie crust from the batter and being deep fried in oil. The grilled pieces does not have batter applied to it. The oils are allowed to drain from the grilled pieces while it is on the grill.

The grilled pieces are skin-less and boneless. This extra processing adds to the price of the raw meat but it makes the cooked product healthier and easier to eat.

How Many Calories in a Skin-less Chicken Breast

Raw processed pieces are delivered from the chicken processing plants in four types. They are available bone-in, boneless, skin-on and skin-less. The bone-in is the whole chicken cut into parts while leaving the bones in place. The skin is removed for shipping skin-less parts. The boneless meat has the bones removed and the meat is chopped up and reprocessed.

The skin adds approximately 50 calories and 3 g of fat to each piece. Kentucky Fried Chicken has extra calories in its grilled meat due to the ingredients added to make it moist and flavorful. A pre-cooked grilled 3 ounce strip from Kroger contains 110 calories in a skin-less chicken breast.



Source by Charles Wells

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