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Chicken Breast Calories


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I'm having trouble understanding the calorie calculations on this site for boneless, skinless chicken breasts.  Here, it's listed as 142 calories for 1/2 a breast (86 grams).  Other sites, including the Tyson and Perdue nutritional info sites, list it as 110-120 calories for a whole breast (110 grams or 4 oz.) 

Does anyone understand why the difference?  I'm really hoping this site is wrong, because it's a little disheartening to learn that a whole plain chicken breast runs close to 300 calories. 
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preservaties? flavor add-in's? the chicken breast might not be all-chicken breast, it might be different parts of the chicken..(have no idea if they even do that, just a thought). what bugs me is when the package says 120 per 4 ounce piece, then i come to find out each piece is 6-9 ounces!
Well, I doubt it's flavor add-ins or preservatives, since it's Calorie-Count that has the higher total, and not the actual processors. 

The size issue is aggravating, too, but less so than not actually knowing how many calories are in a given portion.
well as i understand it, what we normally eat as a "chicken breast" is actually a half breast, so that at least partially explains it.

It probably depends on the amount of fat in the meal as well.
But if you look at the weights (86 grams v. 110 grams) this still doesn't make sense. 

I see what you're saying, and for a while, I thought this was the explanation, but it doesn't really resolve the issue. 

Sorry if I seem like I'm being a stickler here, but chicken breasts are one of my "safe" foods, and the discrepancy is too huge for me to just let it go. 
purdue and other brands usually list weights in terms of raw chicken breast, whereas CC usually lists it as cooked.  I'd say 110 grams would cook down to be less than 85 grams once all the water had evaporated.
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I think you have to go by grams. Chicken breasts and half breasts vary in size. Also, it took me weeks to find chargrilled chicken breast on this site, which is how I prepare mine almost daily. It has the skin and bone removed before I "chargrill" it, but I think it is more like broiling, which removes even the 6-8 grams of fat, or most of it, from the chicken. I broil all my meats on a gas grill, but there are not that many foods with calories posted for that. Just steaks and pork, which I do not eat very often. I will combine the chicken breast with steamed vegetables for a very low-calorie dinner, say 3-400 calories.

 
Then, I can have fruit for a snack, or popcorn, before retiring if I get hungry. My calories are not all taken up with dinner.
So how many calories would two half-breasts be, without any sauce?
Hmmm...I don't know, when I've bought fresh chicken breast halves at my grocery store they've only been 90 calories each; but they're obviously not seasoned or marinated in any way.
I always use the 46 calories an ounce method for ‚??roasted without skin‚?Ě chicken‚?¶.it seems to be about the average calorie count for cooked chicken breast‚?¶Again ‚??cooked WITHOUT skin‚?Ě 

The weight beforehand seems to include a lot of water, I think going by raw weight is REALLY misleading. As is using the serving size on the meat containers and dividing it by the number of chicken breasts‚?¶because if you compare it to cooked/roasted chicken breast you are WAYYYY under actual calories.  Personally, I think this method of packaging is meant to enforce our thoughts that we are eating better while still getting us to buy the BIG package of chicken.

Most of our ideas of a serving size is way off...I mean think about it, aren‚??t more health conscience people going to buy their product if the numbers look good? If we see this big honking chicken breast for 140 calories aren‚??t we gonna be more impressed than seeing  something like 280 on the same piece?

So just to clarify, when this site says one chicken breast it means both the left and right or just the left or right? Is the 142 calories on this site the left or right breast or one half of a left or right breast? 

There is always a weight associated with something like that -- most chicken breast (halves) are not a standard 4-6 oz raw -- if this site said 1 breast, it also gave the weight down in the nutritional area.

chicken breast is singular -- "butchers" cut it right down the breast bone into 2 halves, which are more commonly referred to as breasts. If you actually get a whole breast, it generally includes the bone portion -- and is stated as such (think of turkey -- it's the same thing, only smaller)

Thanks! I was more interested in the one vs one half issue, but I get it now.

I would just go by the package. I always go by the package for anything unless CC matches it.

I count raw, skinless chicken breast as 110 calories per 100g.  Works for me.

The difference is because you're looking at a CC's entry which already accounts for the cooking method you're using. Try to search for Chicken Breast Raw.

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