How Much Protein is in Chicken?



How Much Protein is in Chicken, Chicken Breast, Turkey and other High Protein Foods.

Get your protein with these Chicken Recipes!

The protein content of chicken is 6-8 grams protein per ounce, generally speaking. The chart below gives more detail. 

How much protein is in chicken, a chicken breast, leg or thigh, turkey or other poultry? Protein content of some common poultry varieties are listed here, as well as calories, grams of carbs and fat. For protein content of steakprotein in eggs, fish or dairy products, see other pages on this site.

Protein in Chicken, Turkey and Poultry (raw unless otherwise noted)

Chicken
Calories
Protein
Carbs
Fat
6 ounce breast
185
39
0
2
3 oz  breast (skinless,
roasted)
120
24
0
1.5
3 oz  breast (with skin,
roasted)
170
25
0
7
5 oz  breast (meat only)
211
41
0
4
5 oz  thigh (meat only)
273
35
0
14
5.5 oz  drumstick (meat
only)
270
44
0
9
4 ounce breast deli meat
95
21
0
1
1  thigh
82
14
6
3
6  wings
366
34
0
22
1 Cornish game hen (roasted)
295
51
0
9
6 oz duck, domesticated       
(Meat only)
226
31
0
10
4 ounces ground ostrich meat
188
23
0
10
6 ounce turkey breast
189
42
0
1
4 ounces turkey deli meat
104
22
2
0
4 ounces ground turkey
170
20
0
9
1 ounce turkey jerky
101
19
1
1

Protein in Perdue Chicken Products


Meat
Calories
Protein
Carbs
Fat
Boneless, Skinless Chicken
Thighs (Perdue)- 1 Roasted
Thigh 3.3 oz.

170
   
23
0
9
Baked Chicken Breast Cutlets
(Perdue)- 1 cutlet
160
13
10
8
Fresh Boneless, Skinless Chicken
Breasts (Perdue)- 1 serving (84 g)
110
25
0
1
Chicken Breast (Perdue)- 4 oz raw
100
21
0
2
Ground Chicken (Perdue)- 4 oz.
170
18
0
11
Chicken Tenderloins (Perdue)- 4
oz.
110
25
0
.5
Popcorn Chicken (Perdue)- 3 oz.
220
12
19
9

Chicken tops the list of high protein foods, and can generally be divided into two categories: white meat (breast) or dark meat (thighs and legs). Both contain high quality protein.

Basically, the thighs and legs have higher fat content per ounce of meat than the breast. This is partially because chickens need more endurance in their legs, which is provided by the energy that is stored in fatty tissue.

As far as nutrition and protein goes, both types of chicken meat are excellent sources of high quality protein for your diet.

As bodybuilders know, chicken and tuna are, gram for gram, probably the least expensive sources of protein you will find anywhere left-over chicken makes a great high protein snack too!

Chicken dark meat may contain more fat than white meat, but also has more vitamin B, and iron than white meat. Dark chicken also contains more zinc, riboflavin, niacin, thiamin, vitamins B6 and B12.

Be sure to avoid eating the skin of the chicken, as this is almost all fat and no real nutritional value!

The protein in chicken is some of the best for relatively low cost, so those who need a higher intake can use it without going broke! Only protein powders and Tuna come close to the low cost per gram of protein.


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