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How Many Ounces are in a Chicken Breast?

​Boneless, skinless chicken breasts are a great source of protein and work well in so many recipes. But, how many ounces are in a chicken breast?

chicken breasts on a cutting board

How Many Ounces are in a Chicken Breast?

When it comes to cooking boneless chicken breasts, it’s important to know how much chicken meat you’re dealing with.

Whether your recipe calls for cooked shredded chicken in ounces or cups, you need to know how many boneless skinless chicken breast you need.

A good rule of thumb is a serve of chicken is roughly the size of the palm of your hand. Or 4 ounces of chicken breast, cooked.

three chicken breasts

How many chicken breasts is 8 ounces?

First things first, let’s talk about the weight of raw chicken breast. When you buy a boneless breast at the store, the average weight is between 6-8 ounces per breast.

1 skinless breast is roughly 8 ounces.

Of course, this can vary depending on the size of the chicken and the cut of chicken you’re buying:

  • bone-in chicken breast
  • skin-on chicken breast
  • chicken thighs
cooked chicken on a kitchen scale

How many chicken breasts is 4 ounces?

With the average chicken breast weight being roughly 8 ounces, you can assume that a half a breast is 4 ounces.

If you want to get an accurate measurement of the weight of your chicken breast, the easiest way is to use a kitchen scale.

You can also estimate the weight of a single breast by comparing it to the size of your palm or a deck of cards.

As a general rule, a suggested serving size of chicken breast is about 3-4 ounces (85-113 grams), which is roughly the size of half a large chicken breast.

cooked chicken breast

How big is a 6 oz chicken breast?

Because the sizes of chicken breasts can vary from package to package and store to store, it’s important to weigh them if you need accurate amounts.

​The average weight of the chicken breast can vary along with the grams of protein and fat.

How much cooked chicken will I get?

When cooking raw chicken breast, it’s always a good idea to weigh it before and after cooking to get a good estimate of how much meat you’re actually consuming.

A good estimate is that one 4-ounce (113-gram) chicken breast will yield around 3 ounces (85 grams) of cooked meat. This can vary depending the cooking process and the size of the chicken breast.

Another great way to get your chicken fix is to opt for a rotisserie chicken. These are found at most grocery stores and are life savers for busy families. 

These chickens are typically sold as a whole chicken. As a general rule, one pound of chicken breasts will yield about 3-4 servings of food. And one whole chicken will yield roughly 3 cups of meat!

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chicken on a scale

In conclusion, knowing how many oz of chicken breast meat you need for a recipe. Or the number of chicken breasts you need for a dinner party is essential! I hope this quick post helps:)

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