Many people remain confused over the weight of the chicken breast. Knowing the weight is important to measure the intake of nutrients for cooking purposes. Actually, the measurement of chicken breast is influenced by a lot of variables.
On an average scale, uncooked chicken breast weight ranges from 4-8 oz, whereas cooked chicken breast ranges from 2-5 oz. Weight can also vary depending upon the type of chicken, boneless, bone-in, skinless, or skin-on chicken breast. But the most used breast is boneless and skinless and weighs 6-8 oz.
All of these variables can be a tad bit confusing. Don’t worry, I will explain each and every detail in-depth you need to know about the chicken breast below. So, let’s get started.
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Average Weight of a Chicken Breast
In today’s era, the average weight of chicken breast has increased a lot compared to 30-40 years ago. The main reason behind this is the advancement in technology and healthcare. If you ask your grandfather or grandmother, they would probably give you an idea about the size of chickens in their time.
In my opinion, the weight of chicken breast depends upon mainly 2 factors:
- Is it boneless, bone-in, skinless, or skin-on?
- Is it mass-produced, supermarket chicken, local or homegrown?
The above two are the main variables that will determine the size and weight of the breast.
|Type of Chicken Breast||Weight (in ounces)||Weight (in grams)||Weight (in pounds)|
|Boneless (Skinless)||6-10 oz||170-283 g||0.3-0.6 lb|
|Boneless (Skin-On)||7-12 oz||198-340 g||0.4-0.7 lb|
|Bone-In (Skinless)||10-15 oz||283-425 g||0.6-0.9 lb|
|Bone-In (Skin-On)||11-16 oz||311-453 g||0.6-1 lb|
When a chicken breast is cooked, it loses nearly 3-4 ounces. Now, you must have an idea about the weight of the chicken breast. But, if you buy breast from the grocery or supermarket, then you will get nearly 3-4 boneless breasts per pack. So, each packing can have a different weight as each breast has a different weight.
To calculate the weight of the pack, just add the total weight and divide by the number of chicken breasts.
For example, if the weight of a pack is 36 oz and there are 4 chicken breasts in the pack, then divide 36 oz by 4. That means the weight of each breast is 9 oz.
One reason that supermarket chicken will weigh more than the mass-produced, local or homegrown chicken is that the chicken farms make use of special techniques to make the chickens bigger. According to some reports, some chicken farms use hormones and antibiotics to increase the overall size of the chicken.
Most restaurants in the USA use chicken breasts ranging from 6-8 oz. The recommended serving is 4-6 oz or smaller than the human hands. If it is bigger than the hands, then it can be considered that the breast is bigger than the normal average size.
Average Weight of Chicken Breast in Grams
To know the average weight of the chicken breast in grams, just convert ounces to grams. 1 ounce = 28 grams.
|Type of Chicken Breast||Weight (in grams)|
|Boneless (Skinless)||170-283 g|
|Boneless (Skin-On)||198-340 g|
|Bone-In (Skinless)||283-425 g|
|Bone-In (Skin-On)||311-453 g|
Weight of An Average Chicken Breast in lbs
To know the average weight of the chicken breast in grams, just convert ounces to pounds. 1 ounce = 0.06 pound.
|Type of Chicken Breast||Weight (in pounds)|
|Boneless (Skinless)||0.3-0.6 lb|
|Boneless (Skin-On)||0.4-0.7 lb|
|Bone-In (Skinless)||0.6-0.9 lb|
|Bone-In (Skin-On)||0.6-1 lb|
How Many Chicken Breasts Are There In A Pound?
If you are wondering how many chicken breasts are there in a pound, then let me help you. Assuming that there are two chicken breasts, each weighing 8 oz, that means there are 2 breasts in 1 pound (As 1 Pound = 16 oz). But sometimes, it varies depending upon the size of the breast.
Typically, you will find 4-5 chicken breasts in a pack. It means that there are 4-5 chicken breasts in 2 pounds.
It will be best to look out for a wrapper outside the packet, which mentions each and every detail about the weight and number of breasts.
To help you even more, let me give you a simple formula to calculate the number of chicken breasts in a pound. (only for oz)
Just divide 16 by the weight of each breast and then multiply by the total number of chicken breasts. You will get the total pounds of the breast.
How Many Chicken Breasts Are There In A Kg?
Finding out how many chicken breasts are there in a kg depends upon the size of the breast in the packet.
We know, 1 Kg = 35.2 oz. So, assuming that there are four chicken breasts, each weighing 8 oz, which means there are 4 breasts in 1 kg.
To know the weight of each breast in kg, look for the weight of breasts and convert it to kg using Google or any other app or using basic mathematics. Then, divide the total weight by the number of chicken breasts. So easy, right?
Why Are Chicken Breasts So Big?
With the passage of time, the average size of chicken has increased. As the population rises, the demand for chicken also rises. In the 1920s, the chicken weighed 2.5 pounds, in the 1950s, 3.07 pounds and nowadays, nearly 6 pounds.
The size of chicken breasts has increased a lot. A few years back, there were 10-12 breasts in the pack, but they weighed less and now, their number has decreased to 4-5, but they weigh the same as 10-12. As there is a rise in broiler chicken, the farms focus more on making the chickens big and healthy.
Chicken breast is actually the chicken’s pectoral muscle and is found on each side of the chicken chest. They are then separated and known as chicken breast halves or chicken breasts.
There are some reports according to which big farms use hormones and water to make the chickens appear big. If you buy chicken from a butcher, then it may be less in weight than the ones sold in supermarkets.
How Many Ounces Are There In a Typical Chicken Breast?
In most cases, there will be 8 oz in a typical chicken breast. But it can vary depending upon the size of the packet of the breast. So, it’s best to look for the size of the chicken breast on the packet and divide it by the number of breasts to get ounces in each breast.
If the weight is not in ounces, then you can simply convert it to ounces by using Google or basic mathematics and then divide.
Number of Calories In A Chicken Breast
Calories in a chicken breast depend upon the weight of the breast and whether it’s skin-on or skinless. It is very high in protein content and low in fats and carbs. So, almost 80% of the calories come from protein. A whole boneless and skinless chicken breast has 284 calories.
|Types of Chicken Breast||Calories|
|3.5 oz With Skin Chicken Breast||197|
|3.5 oz Without Skin Chicken Breast||165|
|4.2 oz With Skin Chicken Breast||254|
|4.2 oz Without Skin Chicken Breast||198|
Note- The above information has been referenced from a study by USDA
To know about the nutrients in a chicken breast, do refer to the below video.
How To Measure Weight Of A Chicken Breast?
It’s very easy to measure the weight of a chicken breast. Just follow the below steps and you’re good to go.
- Use an electric or mechanical scale: You can use an electric or mechanical scale to measure the weight of a chicken breast. But remember, using a mechanical scale is more accurate than the electric scale.
- Setting the scale: If you’re using an electric scale, then first set the unit to an ounce, gram, or other units that you have on your scale. For a mechanical scale, use a bowl to measure the weight but don’t forget to subtract the weight of the bowl at the end.
- Use a conversion table: It may happen that your scale gives measurements in grams and you need it in ounces. So, it’s better to keep a conversion table ready with you. You can also use Google to convert the units of the weight.
- Clean the chicken breast: Make sure the chicken breast doesn’t have unwanted materials on it. Remove any extra fat, skin, or water from the chicken to measure it with efficiency.
- Clean the surface: The bowl or plate on which you measure the chicken breast should be clean so that there aren’t any bacterias.
- Uncooked chicken: Remember, when you weigh uncooked chicken, it gives the original weight, but when you freeze or cook it, the weight can change. Freezing the chicken can add some weight to the chicken and whereas, cooking reduces the weight by nearly 20%.
Again, don’t forget to subtract the weight of the plate, bowl, or any external object you are using to weigh the chicken.
The below video can help you a lot to understand the basics of measuring food.
Does Frozen Chicken Breast Weigh More Than Thawed?
Frozen chicken breast can generally weigh more than the thawed one if there is a thick layer of ice on the breast. But it won’t matter much as the water evaporates when you cook it. When you are making a recipe, then it can cause some problems as it can increase the amount of water content in the cuisine.
So, make sure you keep it at room temperature for a few minutes before using it.
Why Cooked Chicken Breast Weigh Less Than Raw Chicken Breast?
When the chicken breast is cooked, water and fat content get reduced. That’s why cooked chicken breast weighs less than raw chicken breast. The chicken shrinks nearly 20-30%, depending upon the method used to cook the chicken.
The water mainly evaporates while cooking and the fat gets burnt. Still, you wouldn’t notice any major changes in the size and weight of the breast.
The below table will help you understand which method causes most and the least shrinkage in the chicken breast.
|Type of Cooking Method Used for Chicken Breast||Percentage of Weight Loss|
The larger the chicken breast, the more shrinkage will be and vice-versa.
Now that you know the average weight and calories in chicken breast, use this information in your daily life to make tasty recipes and to monitor nutrient intake. I hope all details about the breast were helpful to you and if you need any extra advice, then you can ask in the comment section below and I will definitely help you.