There were 4 breast in the package and I baked them. When they were done I weighed the smallest one (all of them were about the same size though) and it was a little over 4 ounces, looked at the package and saw 4 ounces was the serving size. I ate the chicken, then when cleaning up I noticed the package said......
Serving size 4 ounces, servings per container 12!!! If one piece weighed 4 ounces, and all were close in size, how can their be 12 servings per container? Someone please explain this to me.
I know that it shrinks some while cooking...please tell me I didnt eat 3 servings? I just dont get it!
If this is true, you get 1.3 ounces per serving. Thats small!! I can think of many things that would probably fill me up more than a 1.3 ounce chicken breast for the same amount of calories.
Sorry to keep asking....I was trying to log my calories in for last night....I am assuming it was 3 servings :(. I'm going to go with that for now. I'll check back later.
The package says:
serving size: 4 ounces
servings per container: 12
Calories per serving: 120
fat grams per serving: 4
So, I look at the serving size and weigh my chicken, little over 4 ounces (4.3).
If in fact there is 12 servings....
My 4 ounce chicken breast was, 360 calories!!! 12 fat grams, not to mention 3 times the sodium listed.
Lesson learned I guess lol. I just cant imagine it making that much of a difference after being cooked.
I see what you are saying though jkr :).
What it says on the package is the raw value.
No. I find it totally odd that the package would say that there are 12 servings. Usually a pack of raw meat says that the servings per package will vary.
Personally when I cook meat, I weigh it raw first. If I'm eating leftovers I weigh it cooked. The cooked weight is more relevant for meat. While for most items, the dry weight is the only thing that matters, meat is the exception where cooked weight is more important.
If you go onto food log and type in chicken on the food brower. I don't know how you cooked the chicken but say it was chicken breast roasted click on that then when you're adding it to your log go on other when adding the portion size and put in the weight in 4oz. I tried it and it came up with 186 cals.
Does that help?
remember what the package says is an estimate.. I would weigh it cooked. they also say on a can of peaches that there are 3.5- 1 cup servings in a 15 oz can!!! I am not a whiz with math, but I know that doesn't add up. Don't worry about what a "serving size" is on a package, just go with what you know to be a serving size.... 3 oz of chicken is 3 oz of chicken, is 3 oz of chicken.
fast food restaurants tout their 1/4 pounders...... PRE cooked weight..
count what you eat, not the water that's cooked out of it.
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The nutrition facts label has to give the values for the state the product is delivered to you in.
For raw chicken, the values are for raw chicken. For canned chicken that has been pre-cooked, the values are for cooked chicken.
P.S. Don't worry much about the discrepancy on your packaging. It is all part of a marketing sales ploy, basically to rip consumers off, and it is relatively unavoidable in this current world.
I have a recipe that calls for 3 cups of cut up chicken breast. How many ounces of boneless chicken breasts should I buy? I find I frequently have trouble with recipes, which call for one measure, but the grocery store sells in another measure. Could you post some equivalents?
About 18 ounces or 1.125 pounds (about 4.5 raw boneless, skinless chicken breasts weighing 4 ounces each) would yield 3 cups of raw chicken breast. I have seen some rather large chicken breasts in my local grocery stores so go by weight rather than counting the number of breasts as long as the chicken is going to be cut up. The number of servings in the recipe would give you a clue as to the number of chicken breasts to buy unless it is a casserole or stir fry that extends the meat required. Generally, a chicken breast weighing 4 ounces raw (boneless and skinless) and measuring about 2/3 cup (per raw breast in cut pieces) is the same as 3 ounces of cooked chicken breast.
Serving Size 4 oz RAW (112grams)
Calories 140 (30 from fat)
Total Fat 3.5g
Sat Fat 1g
So, it's definitely raw weight, which I had heard before. It's hard because it makes it harder to weigh leftovers...
I was a butcher back in the 70's. When you talk about serving size and weight it is the cooked weight that matters. Chicken breast can vary a lot in size so just go by weight after cooking.
I had wondered the same thing, and tonight I cooked up a three pound bag of frozen chicken breast and it came out to one pound twelve ounces. I lose one pound and four ounces just cooking it in a pan
That is because the total weight amount on the packaging is only the minimum weight of the food. Food packaging is legally required to state the minimum amount of how much is contained - sort of a guarantee that you are getting at least such-and-such ounces in this package, etc. Generally, the packages are overfilled at least a bit and sometimes a lot "just to be safe". Next time you are in the produce aisle, weight a few bags of potatoes - one supposedly "ten-pound bag" of potatoes might weight 10 1/2 lbs, while another one might weight 13 lbs.
Not to mention that almost all of the chicken available for purchase at the grocery store has a LOT of "juices" (water and "flavorings") injected into the meat, supposedly to make the meat more flavorful and juicy when cooked - but I suspect also to make it look plumper and increase the weight so they can charge more for less actual chicken meat. So yes, there is going to be a LOT of weight lost through steam and water in the bottom of the pan when cooked.