Foods
Moderators: chrissy1988, sun123


How much is 3 oz of chicken / fish?


Quote  |  Reply
I am having a difficult time estimating portion sizes. 

Given that the serving size for chicken and fish area usually 3 oz, how can I measure this?  I think that 1/2 a pound of fish is about 8 oz, but I am not sure.  How many oz is a normal to large chicken breast?  Thanks.
3 Replies (last)
3 oz is supposed to be about the size of a deck of cards.  Ultimately, I would recommend purchasing a cheap food scales (less than $10) until you can accurately determine what a serving size should be.  Our portions are so skewed as portions have gotten larger and larger.  To me, what I used to think was a normal chicken breast, is about 6-8oz.
#2  
Quote  |  Reply
One way to know your portion size when it comes to fish/chicken is to look at your hand. Your whole hand is the portion size for fish and for chicken it's the size of your palm. That's what I do when I go out to eat and I box the rest ;)
litadoll, those are good guidelines (the palm and hand) but for chicken it doesn't work as well.  The trouble I've had with chicken is that it's very thick so a piece of chicken that is slightly longer than my palm ends up being 8 ounces.   I echo poster #1, you really have to find a cheap food scale.   When I first started this site I was estimating my chicken only to find out that what I *thought* was 4 ounces was in reality 8 ounces.  

The only other help I can offer is that chicken breasts are usually measured in halves, which confused me.  I thought "okay, when I buy an entire chicken, there's a breast on one side of the bone and a breast on the other side so I must be eating 1/2 breast if I eat everything on one side of the bone."   Nope!   That's considered a FULL breast so basically for 1/2 breast (which runs about 3-4 ounces) it should be one quarter of what you picture as the ENTIRE chicken's breasts.  Does that make sense?? ;o)
3 Replies
Recent Blog Post
Eggs have been both praised and criticized for their nutrient content. You’ve probably heard both sides of the story – protein packed versus cholesterol dense, for example, are two common sides of the argument on whether eggs are healthy or not. There’s more to eggs than their nutrients though. See how many of these egg facts you know.  

Continue reading...