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1 Pound Chicken Breast Calories

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What are the 1-pound chicken breast calories? The calorie count of this popular protein source varies depending on its cut and weight, but it typically ranges between 180 and 280 calories per pound. The exact number will vary slightly depending on the brand, too.

What is a Chicken Breast?

A chicken breast is a popular choice for people who want to eat healthily, but that doesn’t mean they should be eating it all the time. Chicken breast has high in protein, and low in fat and calories. And is a good choice for people who are trying to lose weight. You can get about one pound of chicken breasts from about two large or four small chickens.

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How Many Calories Are in a 1-pound Chicken Breast?

Calories per pound of chicken breast

  • White meat: 65 calories per pound
  • Dark meat: 80 calories per pound

Calories per ounce of chicken breast

  • White meat: 6.5 calories per ounce (approximately 5 ounces)
  • Dark meat: 8.4 calories per ounce (approximately 5 ounces)

Chicken breast calories per 100 grams

White meat: 345 calories in 100 g (approximately 4 oz.) of raw white flesh – about 21% more than the same amount of cooked white flesh, which contains about 300 calories. This can be attributed to the fact that cooking foods often cause them to lose moisture as well as some fat content, putting less energy into your body than otherwise would have been gained from raw food sources alone!

For example,

When you consume a serving size portion (~3oz) cooked with no added seasonings or sauces, there are only ~150 total kilocalories available for absorption which means finding ways beyond simply adding butter or salt is important if you want your meals to stay healthy yet tasty too!

How to Cook a Chicken Breast?

Frying: Heat the oil in a frying pan on medium-high heat. Add chicken breasts and cook for about 3 minutes per side, until golden brown and fully cooked through.

Oven: Preheat oven to 400°F (200°C). Place chicken breasts on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper and bake for 30-45 minutes, depending on the thickness of the breast and whether it is bone-in or boneless.

Microwave: Remove excess fat from chicken breasts before microwaving for about 6 minutes or until internal temperature reaches 165 F (74 C).

Pressure cooker: Rinse and season chicken pieces with salt, pepper, garlic powder, paprika, or any other herbs you prefer. Place them in a pressure cooker over high heat with some water covering the bottom by at least 1 inch (2 cm). Secure lid tightly; bring up to full pressure over high heat; reduce heat immediately so that low pressure doesn’t build up too quickly; maintain low pressure at just above simmering point by regulating heat under the pot so that small bubbles rise slowly all around the edge of pot during the cooking time specified below.

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The 1 Pound of Chicken Breast Recipe

We’ll start with some recipes for how to make the best-baked chicken breast, followed by a few ideas for how to make the best-grilled chicken breast. Then we’ll move onto sous vide territory with our favorite recipes!

How to Make The Best Baked Chicken Breast

  • Preheat the oven to 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
  • Pat the chicken dry with paper towels and season with salt and pepper on both sides.
  • Place the seasoned chicken breast(s) on a baking sheet, skin side down, in a single layer so they don’t touch each other or any sides of the pan (this is important!).
  • Bake for 20 minutes, then flip them over (carefully—you don’t want to lose juices!) and bake for another 20 minutes or until juices run clear when poked with a fork at their thickest point (if you cut into one before it’s done cooking, your meat will be dry).

How to Make The Best Tender Grilled Chicken Breasts

Here are some easy ways to cook chicken breast on the grill.

Skewers:  You can use wooden or metal skewers, each of which has its pros and cons. Wooden skewers will give you a nice smoky flavor, but they can be difficult to clean and need to be soaked for about 30 minutes before grilling. Metal skewers don’t give off any smoke, but they’re easier to clean than wooden ones and make for faster cooking time (less chance of burning). Place five or six pieces of chicken on each skewer, making sure there’s enough space between them so that they won’t touch when you’re grilling them later on.

When placing your chicken pieces on the skewer(s), make sure they aren’t too close together because this can cause them not only to burn but also stick together after being cooked—which isn’t great if you’re trying not to spend too much time in front of an open flame! After everything is placed where it should be (and stacked neatly), use two toothpicks per piece; one if using two pieces per skewer; three if using three pieces per skewer; etcetera until all are secure with their own individual toothpick(s).

How to Make The Sous Vide Chicken Breast

To cook sous vide chicken breast, you’ll need to use a water oven. A water oven is a type of immersion circulator that heats and circulates water, cooking your food at the precise temperature you choose.

If your recipe calls for cooking chicken breasts for 1 hour at 142°F (61°C), place the chicken breasts in a resealable plastic bag with any seasoning or marinade ingredients listed in the recipe and seal it closed. Submerge the bag into 160°F (71°C) water until cooked through and firm to touch for about 1 hour.

To test if they’re done, take one out and cut into it; if no clear juices run out, it’s done; if clear liquid runs out of one side when you press on it with your fingertip instead of being evenly distributed throughout its thickness like an uncooked piece of meat would be when pressed down on with light pressure from above by an index fingertip… well… then there might be something wrong (and probably too much time spent under heat!).

Tips for Cooking 1 Pound of Chicken Breast

  • Use a meat thermometer to ensure that your chicken is cooked through.
  • To cook in a pan without adding oil, first use the pan to sauté some vegetables. When they’ve softened, add the chicken and cover them with a lid for about 10 minutes or until they’re cooked through.


In conclusion, 1 pound of chicken breast has about 250 calories. This is a good source of protein for those who want to lose weight. It’s also a good source of iron and zinc. It helps your body fight off infections better than other types of meat like pork or beef. You can cook it by baking, boiling, or frying. But the best way to cook chicken breast would be in a slow cooker because they’ll come out juicy every time!

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My full name is S. Magudeswaran, am working as a Professional Knits Garments CAD pattern designer, in the Knits Garments Industry for the past 15 years. And also I have an interest in writing blogs about healthy foods.


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