Nutrition for Chicken Breast (cooked)

Calories, Protein, Vitamins and More


Chicken Breast Nutrition Summary

One teaspoon of cooked chicken breast (2.9 grams or 0.1 oz) contains 5 calories and 0.9 grams of protein. Chicken breast consist of 65% water, 31% protein, 4% fat, and less than 1% of carbohydrates.

Chicken breast is a source of protein, niacin (Vitamin B3) and selenium.

In one teaspoon of cooked chicken breast:

  • Calories: 5
  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Fat: 0.1 g
  • Cholesterol: 2.5 mg
  • Sodium: 2.2 mg
There is no significant amounts of sugar, dietary fiber or saturated fat in chicken breast.

See the Chicken Breast Nutrition Chart for complete recommended daily values.
The specific nutritional values from USDA is for: Chicken, broilers or fryers, breast, meat only, cooked, roasted.

Calories in Chicken Breast

Chicken breast has 5 calories per teaspoon or 171 calories for every 100 grams. Most of its calories are from protein and fat.

80 percent of calories in chicken breast are from protein and 20% of calories are from fat.

Calories from Fat

About 20% the calories in cooked chicken breast are from fat. Chicken breast has a moderate amount of total fat, with 0.1 grams per teaspoon. It also is cholestrol free. Most of the fat in chicken breast are healthier unsaturated fats:

  • Total fat: 0.1 g
  • Saturated fat: < 0.1 g
  • Monounsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
  • Polyunsaturated fat: < 0.1 g
There is no significant amounts of cholestrol in chicken breast.

Omega-6 in Chicken Breast

Chicken breast contains a small amount of omega-6 fatty acids, mostly in the form of linolenic acid - the only essential omega-6 fatty acid. [2]

  • linoleic acid: 0.02 g
  • other omega 6: 0 g

Calories Similar to Chicken Breast

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Protein in Chicken Breast

An excellent source of protein, a single teaspoon of chicken breast contains 2% of recommended daily values or 0.9 grams of protein. In addition, chicken breast is also a source of complete protein, meaning it abundantly contains all 9 essential amino acids.

  • Protein: 0.9 g
  • Tryptophan: 0.01 g
  • Threonine: 0.04 g
  • Isoleucine: 0.05 g
  • Leucine: 0.07 g
  • Lysine: 0.08 g
  • Methionine: 0.03 g
  • Phenylalanine: 0.04 g
  • Valine: 0.04 g
  • Histidine: 0.03 g

Protein Similar to Chicken Breast

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Vitamins and Minerals in Chicken Breast

Cooked chicken breast is a source of niacin (Vitamin B3) and selenium. It also contains significant amounts of Vitamin B6, phosphorus and choline.

Vitamins in chicken breast (1 tsp):
  • Vitamin a: 0.2 ug
  • Thiamin: < 0.1 mg
  • Riboflavin: < 0.1 mg
  • Niacin: 0.4 mg
  • Vitamin b6: < 0.1 mg
  • Vitamin e: < 0.1 mg
  • Folate: 0.1 ug
  • Vitamin b12: < 0.1 ug
  • Vitamin k: < 0.1 ug
Minerals in chicken breast (1 tsp):
  • Calcium: 0.4 mg
  • Potassium: 7.5 mg
  • Iron: < 0.1 mg
  • Magnesium: 0.8 mg
  • Zinc: < 0.1 mg
  • Selenium: 0.8 ug
  • Phosphorus: 6.7 mg
  • Choline: 2.5 mg
There is no significant amounts of copper, manganese, pantothenic acid or vitamin c in chicken breast.

Chicken Breast 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 Breast in Cooking

Chicken Breast should be cooked before consumption and is often ground before being cooked or served. Most recipes call for one or two teaspoons of chicken breast.


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