Fries vs. Chicken

Nutrition comparison of Fries and Cooked Chicken


Ever wonder how your favorite foods stack up against each other in terms of nutrition?

We compared the nutritional contents of fries versus cooked chicken (100g each) below using 2020 USDA and NIH data[1].

For a quick recap of significant nutrients and differences in fries and chicken:

  • Both fries and chicken are high in calories and potassium.
  • Chicken has more riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B12, however, fry contains more folate.
  • Chicken is an excellent source of protein.
  • Fry has signficantly less cholesterol than chicken.
  • Fry is an excellent source of dietary fiber.
Detailed nutritional comparison of fries and chicken is analyzed below. You can also visualize the nutritional comparison for a custom portion or serving size and see how the nutrition compares.

USDA sources for nutritional information: Fries (Fast foods, potato, french fried in vegetable oil) and Chicken (Chicken, ground, crumbles, cooked, pan-browned) . Have a correction or suggestions? Shoot us an email.


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Calories and Carbs

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Both fries and chicken are high in calories. Fry has 65% more calories than chicken - fry has 312 calories per 100 grams and chicken has 189 calories.

For macronutrient ratios, fries is much lighter in protein, much heavier in carbs and lighter in fat compared to chicken per calorie. Fries has a macronutrient ratio of 4:53:43 and for chicken, 49:0:51 for protein, carbohydrates and fat from calories.

Macro Ratios from Calories:

Fries Chicken
Protein 4% 49%
Carbohydrates 53% ~
Fat 43% 51%
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carbohydrates

Fry is high in carbohydrates and chicken has less carbohydrates than fry - fry has 41.4g of total carbs per 100 grams and chicken does not contain significant amounts.

dietary fiber

Fry is an excellent source of dietary fiber and it has more dietary fiber than chicken - fry has 3.8g of dietary fiber per 100 grams and chicken does not contain significant amounts.

sugar

Fries and chicken contain similar amounts of sugar - fry has 0.3g of sugar per 100 grams and chicken does not contain significant amounts.



Protein

protein

Chicken is an excellent source of protein and it has 579% more protein than fry - fry has 3.4g of protein per 100 grams and chicken has 23.3g of protein.

Fat

saturated fat

Fries and chicken contain similar amounts of saturated fat - fry has 2.3g of saturated fat per 100 grams and chicken has 3.1g of saturated fat.

trans fat

Both fries and chicken are low in trans fat - fry has 0.06g of trans fat per 100 grams and chicken has 0.09g of trans fat.

cholesterol

Fry has signficantly less cholesterol than chicken - chicken has 107mg of cholesterol per 100 grams and fry does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamins

Vitamin C

Fry has more Vitamin C than chicken - fry has 4.7mg of Vitamin C per 100 grams and chicken does not contain significant amounts.

Vitamin E

Fries and chicken contain similar amounts of Vitamin E - fry has 1.7mg of Vitamin E per 100 grams and chicken has 0.39mg of Vitamin E.

Vitamin K

Fries and chicken contain similar amounts of Vitamin K - fry has 11.2ug of Vitamin K per 100 grams and chicken has 2.1ug of Vitamin K.

The B Vitamins

Chicken has more riboflavin, niacin, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B12, however, fry contains more folate. Both fries and chicken contain significant amounts of thiamin and Vitamin B6.

Fries Chicken
Thiamin 0.17 MG 0.121 MG
Riboflavin 0.039 MG 0.302 MG
Niacin 3.004 MG 7.107 MG
Pantothenic acid 0.58 MG 1.327 MG
Vitamin B6 0.372 MG 0.538 MG
Folate 30 UG 2 UG
Vitamin B12 ~ 0.51 UG

Minerals

calcium

Fry has 125% more calcium than chicken - fry has 18mg of calcium per 100 grams and chicken has 8mg of calcium.

iron

Fries and chicken contain similar amounts of iron - fry has 0.81mg of iron per 100 grams and chicken has 0.93mg of iron.

potassium

Both fries and chicken are high in potassium. Chicken has 17% more potassium than fry - fry has 579mg of potassium per 100 grams and chicken has 677mg of potassium.

Omega-3 and Omega-6

omega 3s

For omega-3 fatty acids, fry has more alpha linoleic acid (ALA) than chicken per 100 grams, however, chicken contains more dha and dpa than fry per 100 grams.

Fries Chicken
alpha linoleic acid 0.436 G 0.1 G
DHA ~ 0.031 G
EPA ~ 0.008 G
DPA ~ 0.016 G
Total 0.436 G 0.155 G

omega 6s

Comparing omega-6 fatty acids, fry has more linoleic acid than chicken per 100 grams.

Fries Chicken
other omega 6 0.029 G 0.02 G
linoleic acid 4.948 G 1.818 G
Total 4.977 G 1.838 G



Customize your serving size


The comparison below is by common portions, e.g. cups, packages. You can also see a more concrete comparison by weight at equal weight (by grams) comparison.

Note: The specific food items compared are: Fries (Fast foods, potato, french fried in vegetable oil) and Chicken (Chicken, ground, crumbles, cooked, pan-browned) .

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