Nutrition for Chicken (ground)

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More

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Chicken Nutrition Summary

One pound of cooked ground chicken (453.3 grams) contains 857 calories and 105.5 grams of protein. Chicken consist of 65% water, 23% protein, 11% fat, and less than 1% of carbohydrates.

Chicken is an excellent source of many nutrients, including protein, iron, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6, pantothenic acid and Vitamin B12. It also contains significant amounts of calcium, magnesium, zinc, selenium, copper, phosphorus and choline.

In one pound of cooked ground chicken:

  • Calories: 857
  • Protein: 105.5 g
  • Fat: 49.5 g, (Saturated: 14.1 g)
  • Cholesterol: 485 mg
  • Sodium: 340 mg
There is no significant amounts of sugar or dietary fiber in chicken.

See the Chicken Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Chicken, ground, crumbles, cooked, pan-browned.

Calories in Chicken

Chicken has 857 calories per pound or 189 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from fat and protein.

51% of calories in chicken are from fat and 49% of calories are from protein.

Calories from Fat

The majority, or 51% of the calories in ground Chicken are from fat. Chicken has a moderate amount of total fat, with 49.5 grams or 77% of recommended daily values per pound. Most of the fat in chicken are healthier unsaturated fats but it also contains a high amount of saturated fat, about 80% of recommended daily values.

Chicken contains 0.3943536 grams of trans fat and485 mg of cholesterol.

  • Total fat: 49.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 485 mg
  • Trans fat: 0.4 g
  • Saturated fat: 14.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: 22.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: 9.4 g

Omega-3 and Omega-6 in Chicken

Chicken is a source of healthy omega-3 fatty acids, containing a total of 0.45 grams for every pound. It contains significant amounts of alpha linoleic acid. [2]

  • alpha linoleic acid: 0.45 g
Also a good source of omega-6 fatty acids, every pound of chicken contains a total of 8.7 grams of omega-6. In addition, a large portion of the omega-6 in chicken comes from linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 8.24 g
  • other omega 6: 0.48 g
The omega-6 to omega-3 ratio in chicken is 19.4: 1.

Calories Similar to Chicken

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Protein in Chicken

An excellent source of protein, a single pound of Chicken contains 211% of recommended daily values or 105.5 grams of protein. In addition, chicken is also a source of complete protein, meaning it abundantly contains all 9 essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 105.52 g
  • Tryptophan: 0.89 g
  • Threonine: 4.4 g
  • Isoleucine: 4.8 g
  • Leucine: 8.23 g
  • Lysine: 9.13 g
  • Methionine: 2.7 g
  • Phenylalanine: 4.13 g
  • Valine: 5 g
  • Histidine: 3.2 g

Protein Similar to Chicken

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Vitamins and Minerals in Chicken

An good source of many nutrients, ground chicken contains abundant amounts of iron, potassium, thiamin, riboflavin, niacin, Vitamin B6 and Vitamin B12. In fact, a single pound of chicken contains 230% of recommended daily values or 32.2 milligrams of niacin. Also an excellent source of potassium, a single pound of chicken contains 133% of recommended daily values or 3068.7 milligrams of potassium.

Vitamins in chicken (1 pound):
  • Thiamin: 0.5 mg
  • Riboflavin: 1.4 mg
  • Niacin: 32.2 mg
  • Vitamin b6: 2.4 mg
  • Vitamin e: 1.8 mg
  • Folate: 9.1 ug
  • Vitamin b12: 2.3 ug
  • Vitamin k: 9.5 ug
Minerals in chicken (1 pound):
  • Calcium: 36.3 mg
  • Potassium: 3068.7 mg
  • Iron: 4.2 mg
  • Magnesium: 126.9 mg
  • Zinc: 8.7 mg
  • Selenium: 64.8 ug
  • Phosphorus: 1060.7 mg
  • Copper: 0.3 mg
  • Manganese: 0.1 mg
  • Choline: 267.4 mg
There is no significant amounts of vitamin a, pantothenic acid or vitamin c in chicken.

Similar to Chicken for Niacin (Vit B3)

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Chicken Nutrition Chart


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Nutrition calculations are from Harvard Medical's nutrient guidelines [1] and USDA's food central database (2019) [2].
We calculated values from 2000 kCal daily recommended diet.

Chicken in Cooking

Chicken is in the top 10% of most popular ingredients for recipes. Chicken should be cooked before consumption and is often shredded or ground before being cooked or served. Most recipes call for one or two pounds of chicken.

Friends and Relatives of Chicken

Foods commonly cooked with chicken:

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