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Nutrition Info: Calories in Chicken Skin

Posted on | March 23, 2012 | No Comments

I think most people know that chicken skin is quite fatty, but this comes as a good reminder to us all.  If you’re trying to lose weight, the most simple tip you can follow is: Remove the skin from your chicken before you eat it!  It makes a big difference.

Skin from 1 whole chicken contains 450 calories

Nutrition in 100g Chicken Skin ( = approx 1 whole chicken skin)

  • Energy: 450 calories (363 calories contributed from fat!)
  • Protein: 20.2 g
  • Carbs: 0 g
  • Fat: 40.3 g

FYI: ½ chicken  skin =  254 calories

WOAH!!!!!   WOAH!!!   WOAH!!!!

So what’s left in the meat if you take the skin off ????

1 whole chicken contains 1200 calories => 1 Whole chicken with skin removed = 750 calories (That’s a HUGE difference)

And just because not too many of use sit down and eat a whole chicken, I thought I’d look at a smaller portion.

 1 leg of roast chicken WITH skin = 210 calories (15g fat)

1 leg of roast chicken WITHOUT skin = 130 calories  (7g fat)

Therefore approximately: 80 calories can be saved by removing skin from 1 leg of roast chicken.

When you eat chicken the LEAST fatty part is the white flesh contained in the breast meat.  The thigh, leg and wing are considered dark meats and contain more fat than the breast.  So wherever possible, choose breast meat and if you have the other parts, remember to remove the skin.

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