For those who are conscious about their diet, getting the right serving size for any kind of meat is very important. Starting on a new diet to lose weight can be pretty challenging especially when trying to figure out just how big or small recommended portions of meat and poultry should be.
Chicken breast is of course one of the choice parts for dieters. But how much of it should you get? It is recommended that a serving size of about three to four ounces should be enough for one meal.
How Big is a 4-Oz. Chicken Breast?
A four-ounce piece of chicken breast is about 113.40 grams. The best way to get this serving size is to weigh your chicken breast on a kitchen scale. However, if you do not have access to a kitchen scale at the moment, a more visual representation of a four-ounce chicken breast would be about the size of the palm of your hand.
It is also about one-half of an inch thick. For approximate dimensions, chicken breast of about four ounces will be four inches in length, two inches in width and one-half inch thick.
Another way to measure a four-ounce chicken breast is to cut up the breast into small portions, dicing it would be best, and then fill a regular coffee cup up to about half of its size.
One cup of dice chicken breast is equivalent to eight ounces so about half a cup of this would be equivalent to four ounces.
Finally, a ball used for table tennis is about equivalent to one ounce of chicken breast so take four of this and you will have your four ounces of chicken breast.
Nutritional Values of a 4-Oz. Chicken Breast
Nutritional content of a four-ounce chicken breast may vary depending on your preparation and cooking method. Generally, a plain, grilled chicken breast without the skin will have approximately 120 calories, 3 grams of fat, 0 carbohydrates and about 25 grams of protein.
For a marinated chicken breast, grilled; you will have approximately 193 calories, 2.5 grams of fat, 1 gram of carbohydrates and 25 grams of protein. Now, these values may change depending on your marinade.
If you barbecue your chicken breast, considering your barbecue sauce; four ounces of this would have about 152 calories, 2 grams of fat, 7 grams of carbohydrates and 24 to 25 grams of protein.
On the other hand, if you decide to fry the chicken breast instead, you will have about 218 calories. So it is very important to consider as well, how you’re going to be cooking the chicken breast to get the most nutritional value with as less fat and calories as possible.