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calorie question

I'm trying to figure out how many calories are in a chicken breast. On the calorie wiki, it says .5 breast is 160 calories (on calorieking it says 130, by the way). My question is - does "half a breast" = one complete side of a whole breast? or does it mean a chicken breast (one side) cut in half? I don't know if I'm asking this very clearly or not, but any input would be appreciated.

Sun. Sep 10, 3:53pm

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2 oz of sliced chicken breast are 60 calories- you need to identify by weight.


Sunday, September 10, 2006, 4:03 PM

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Yes, the question to ask is how many servings of chicken is in this chicken breast? I've seen them anywhere from 6-12 oz so you can't definitively say how many calories are in one because the size varies considerably.

The FDA serving size of one portion is 4 oz, which is about the size of the palm of your hand or a deck of cards. I trim every scrap of excess fat off and call it 120. I also highly recommend getting a digital scale and measuring 1 portion - it is very illuminating.

Sunday, September 10, 2006, 6:44 PM

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First, the calorie difference could be between raw and cooked. Second, it seems that a whole chicken breast is what we, in practice, consider to be to breasts. If you read the packaging on the meat, it often says "split chicken breasts" or "chicken breast halves". I've cooked a whole 3.5-lb chicken and weighed the cooked breast meat (well, technically "half", or 1/4 of the chicken if that paints a clearer picture), and it comes out to 4.5-5oz of cooked meat.

Definitely use the by-weight numbers rather than the more subjective "half a breast".

Sunday, September 10, 2006, 7:18 PM

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