I thought I’d have a go at answering that age old question – ‘how many calories in a whole chicken and what’s its macro nutrient breakdown?’. I took my boxes of chicken out of the fridge, found some batteries for my scales and started pulling meat from bone from skin with my bare hands. What a morning it has been!
Having an engineering mind I couldn’t really settle for a half-arsed attempt so before I go into all the gory detail, here’s a quick summary:
Half a 1.55kg raw chicken (1 breast, 1 thigh, 1 drumstick), meat and skin only, grilled, contains approximately:
- 734 calories
- 34.5g fat
- 101.3g protein
…which is absolutely perfect for my needs.
There’s definitely a few approximations in there and most of the calorie information was based from the myfitnesspal food database so not entirely verifiable but I think the rough maths stands. One point worth noting: if I ever want to cut more calories in a day then not eating the skin saves me approx 150 kcal with minimal protein loss.