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DEPTYDAWG Posts: 111
11/20/13 12:58 P

I take a very sharp knife and slice each half breast into 3 thin cutlets and I also get rid of any skin fat or ribmeat then I season and roast it in a convection oven 4-5 lbs. at a time that gives me a week's worth of low fat protein dense calories ready to use in any number of ways of course I weigh the portions a good food scale really helps

SIMPLYME80 Posts: 406
11/19/13 12:15 P

Chicken breast sizes differ with size of the chicken it came from. I half the larger size, and use the smaller ones as is. The size I usually eat is about the size of the palm of my hand.

EXOTEC Posts: 3,327
11/19/13 12:13 A

"Chicken breast" refers only to the type of meat, not the physical object.

Nutrition labels will list the portion or serving size, which is what you should be using. I don't recall that amount, but I *think* it's 3 or 4 oz.

Labeling is regulated by the USDA for such things. All their info will include the portion or serving size. I believe nearly all nutrition sites follow those guidelines.

SLIMMERKIWI SparkPoints: (247,032)
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11/18/13 11:04 P

Who told you that you could only eat 'half' chicken breast? That is like asking how long is a piece of string. Some chicken breasts are really big, and some are small. Half a large one can still be a lot bigger than a whole small one. You really need to get good scales (that weigh grams and oz and have a 'tare' function and are capable of weighing a few lb) and weigh your food. THEN it will be accurate!


JAMIRBLAZE Posts: 1,787
11/18/13 8:21 P

I buy random-sized breasts in bulk to save money. I bring them home and portion them out to one lbs bags to freeze. Most of my recipes call for cut up breasts, so I don't always worry what they look like, but I sometimes know that I want to grill them and then will cut up into 4oz sections. I also cut off any of the excess fat, etc. at this time. Makes prep a lot easier later on.

NAYPOOIE Posts: 11,591
11/18/13 6:14 P

I have weighed a half breast that was almost a pound. It was huge. Best not to try to call a breast a serving without weighing it.

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11/18/13 4:34 P

The tracker allows you to track a whole breast yield or ounces. Chicken breasts vary a lot in size/weight and sometimes you will find they have been filleted in different ways. Some have rib meat, some do not

For these reasons, I think that weighing it and counting the ounces is the only accurate way to go. 3oz of cooked chicken breast is a serving. I generally eat 6oz at a time since my diet is semi-low-carb and I need to consume a fair amount of meat.

RUSSELL_40 Posts: 16,826
11/18/13 4:20 P

The package you bought the chicken in has a weight, and nutrition info as the chicken is packaged.

So if you get 6 chicken breasts, and it comes to 3.23 lbs.. that is 51.68 ozs. ( weight X 16 ozs )

divide that by 6 ( # of chicken breasts ), and you have 8.61 ozs per breast. You can cut that in 2, and have 4.305 oz servings, which is slightly higher than an actual serving, but as long as you count it correctly, the calories, and nutrition will add up. This is less messy than weighing cooked chicken.

I try to find packages that have weights that are about 1/2 as many lbs as pieces of chicken, so the breasts are 8 ozs each (so 6 breasts at at 3 lbs ) and then I can just cut them in half , and count them as 4 oz servings. I freeze them separately as 12 servings, so I am not weighing chicken when it is time to cook. I do it immediately after grocery shopping.

Doing this when you aren't in a hurry to finish dinner, prevents mistakes from being made.

RKING10 Posts: 152
11/18/13 4:04 P

I have found unfortunately that it really depends on the store in which you buy them. When I buy them from my local giant, I end up cutting a raw breast into 3-4 pieces to create a serving size. However, you can buy perfect portions breasts and such like that.

FEDGIRL4 Posts: 2,180
11/18/13 3:53 P


Spark encourages you to weigh your food after cooking because that is what you put in your mouth. 4 oz raw chicken will weigh less after cooking.

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11/18/13 3:14 P

A serving is 4 ounces which is about the size of a deck of playing cards or enough to fit into the palm of your hand.
Usually (but not always) the chix breast you buy is a whole breast. You can tell by laying it out flat...if it looks like angel wings it is a whole breast.

OAKDALE41 Posts: 973
11/18/13 3:08 P

how much of a chicken breast is considered to be a serving? When I buy boneless skinless breasts in the grocery are those whole or half a breast? I am only supposed to eat half?

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