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What is Boneless Chicken Breast?

By Kris Roudebush
Updated May 16, 2024
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Boneless chicken breast is simply chicken breast that has been deboned, or had the bones removed. Skinless boneless chicken breast has been skinned and deboned. Both of these procedures are done by the butcher, whether that's in a small, locally owned butcher shop or a nation chain, such as Tyson. These extra steps are the reason why skinless boneless chicken breast and boneless chicken breast are the most expensive cuts of chicken meat.

Many experts promote skinless boneless chicken breasts as the best for you. It's low in fat, has almost half the fat of dark meat, and is high in protein and niacin. Niacin is a B vitamin and helps translate energy in carbohydrates, protein, and fat into energy for the body. Boneless chicken breast has about 3 grams of fat for a 3 ounce (85 grams) serving. It has about 142 calories in those 3 ounces (85 grams) and 26 grams of protein.

However, dark meat is not without benefits of its own. Dark meat is loaded with selenium and its fat content is a mixed bag of saturated, polyunsaturated, and monounsaturated fats. It's also higher in iron and zinc that white meat. There's no good reason that a health conscience individual shouldn't include both white and dark meat in their diet.

One way to cut down on the cost of meat is to get meat that is less likely to be contaminated because it less processed, and include both white and dark meat into your diet is to buy whole chickens. You can buy fresh or frozen and still de-bone and skin it yourself. It is recommended to get chickens that are the coldest, sitting in the very back of the case. The closer the chicken is to the warmer air the more opportunities it has to start cooking some bacteria. Never throw away the bones and fat, though. You'll want to keep that for making homemade chicken stock.

Once you have your boneless chicken breast or two, there's no end to the things you can do with it. You can grill it, bake it, fry it, pound it flat and bread it, or cut it thin and stir fry it. Coating a piece of boneless chicken with high fiber bread or cereal crumbs and baking instead of frying is great way to save on calories. Stir fry chicken is an easy way to add a serving of vegetables to your meal. Remember to go easy on the sauce to save calories that way too. If you were adventurous enough to make your own chicken stock, you might want to use it make your own egg drop soup to go with your stir fry.

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Discussion Comments
By honeybees — On Jul 07, 2011

I always keep boneless chicken breasts in the freezer. I buy them when they are on sale and stock up. When I am looking for a quick, meal this is one of the first things I think of.

Because there are no bones in the meat, they cook up really fast. One of my all time favorite boneless chicken breast recipes is to dip the meat in whipped eggs, and then sprinkle with crushed french fried onions and bake until the chicken is cooked all the way through. The onions really add flavor and crunch. You can even sprinkle on some cheese if you want to.

By SarahSon — On Jul 07, 2011

It is so nice to come home after a long day at work to a meal that is waiting for you. When I am hungry for chicken breast, I have a great recipe for slow cooker boneless chicken breast.

I line the bottom of the slow cooker with some deli sliced ham, then place the meat on top of this. Mix a can cream of mushroom soup, some sour cream and a little bit of milk and pour over the top. Cook this on low all day, and you have tasty meal ready when you get home.

The liquid ingredients melt into a thick gravy, so sometimes I add some potatoes too.

By LisaLou — On Jul 06, 2011

I have boneless chicken breast at least once a week, and many times 2-3 times. My husband prefers the dark meat because it is not as dry, but I don't like the dark meat and always eat the breast.

There are thousands of chicken breast recipes online, but my favorite way to fix it is on the grill. I will marinade the meat in Italian Dressing for a few hours and then put it on the grill. This makes the meat very tender and gives a good flavor.

Sometimes I will wrap the chicken in foil and add some sliced potatoes, onions, cheese, green peppers, and mushrooms for a complete meal. This is so easy to make and the clean up is a breeze.

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