Here are the calorie counts for the most popular cuts of chicken.
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Each cut contains a different number of calories and a different proportion of protein to fat.
Chicken breast is a low-fat source of protein that contains zero carbs.
One chicken breast has 284 calories, or 165 calories per 3.5 ounces (100 grams). About 80% of the calories come from protein while 20% come from fat.
One chicken thigh contains 109 calories, or 209 calories per 3.5 ounces (100 grams). It’s 53% protein and 47% fat.
One chicken wing has 43 calories, or 203 calories per 3.5 ounces (100 grams). It’s 64% protein and 36% fat.
The number of calories in various cuts of chicken varies. Light meat has the lowest number of calories while chicken tenders have the highest.
Eating chicken with the skin adds a significant amount of calories and fat. Take the skin off before eating to reduce calories.
Cooking methods, such as frying in breading and coating the meat in sauce, can add more than a few calories to your healthy chicken.
For a low-calorie option, stick with baked or grilled chicken.