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May 13, 2012 12:47 PM
We're having chicken leg quarters today because i can't go out and shop, due to spending the day with my mom. How many calories are in a chicken leg quarter? It says there is 80 OZ 5 lb bag.
4 oz per serving, and 230 cals per serving.
And there are 6 chicken leg quarters in the bag. I feel stupid for asking this but I am horrible at math.
Question is, how many calories for just 1 of the chicken leg quarters? thanks in advance! :)
Edited by YoshiZelda On May 13, 2012 12:56 PM
  22176747
May 13, 2012 12:53 PM
QUOTE:

It says there is 80 OZ 5 lb bag.
4 oz per serving, and 230 cals per serving.
And there are 5 chicken leg quarters in the bag.


80 oz total divided by 5 legs = ~16oz per leg. 230 cals per 4 oz means each 16 oz leg would be 920 cal. That seems like a very large weight for each leg+thigh. Are you sure there are only 5 in the bag?
  11391055
May 13, 2012 12:56 PM
generally one leg quarter with skin is about 250 cals
  136054
May 13, 2012 12:58 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

It says there is 80 OZ 5 lb bag.
4 oz per serving, and 230 cals per serving.
And there are 5 chicken leg quarters in the bag.


80 oz total divided by 5 legs = ~16oz per leg. 230 cals per 4 oz means each 16 oz leg would be 920 cal. That seems like a very large weight for each leg+thigh. Are you sure there are only 5 in the bag?


OOPS, I mean 6 leg quarters. And that's what I was saying !! I tried doing the math by myself but the calories came out very high. And whats weird is some of them are small and some medium, so I'm having a brain fart trying to figure this out haha.
  22176747
May 13, 2012 1:01 PM
QUOTE:

QUOTE:

It says there is 80 OZ 5 lb bag.
4 oz per serving, and 230 cals per serving.
And there are 5 chicken leg quarters in the bag.


80 oz total divided by 5 legs = ~16oz per leg. 230 cals per 4 oz means each 16 oz leg would be 920 cal. That seems like a very large weight for each leg+thigh. Are you sure there are only 5 in the bag?


A one pound leg quarter would have had to come from a real big bid, I would expect a leg quarter to be about 6oz or so. The thing is that the chicken has probably been injected with a salt water brine or broth. Many producers do this to up the weight of the chicken when they package it. Though I wouldn't expect that brine to add that much extra weight.

I think to determine the calories per leq quarter would be to weigh each one prior to cooking.
Edited by taziarj On May 13, 2012 1:03 PM
  16475371
May 13, 2012 1:02 PM
Also, I WILL be removing the skin.
  22176747
May 13, 2012 1:04 PM
That will change your calorie counts drastically. You then probably need to use a more generic chicken leg quarter from the MFP food database. There are ones in there with and without skin. Personally I love the skin when grilled or baked and just count it in to my targets for the day.
  16475371
May 13, 2012 1:19 PM
QUOTE:

That will change your calorie counts drastically. You then probably need to use a more generic chicken leg quarter from the MFP food database. There are ones in there with and without skin. Personally I love the skin when grilled or baked and just count it in to my targets for the day.


Thank you! I found one on the food database. I also love the skin, but I heard it's almost more calories than the chicken itself. Not sure if it's true or not though.
  22176747
May 13, 2012 2:42 PM
the 4 ounce serving means meat only, you don't eat the bone. Your best bet is to take the meat of the bone and weigh it.
  18159019
May 13, 2012 2:50 PM
If you are removing the skin, then you are essentially eating dark meat chicken. Search the database using keywords *Chicken* and *Dark* and see what comes up. It should be slightly higher calorie than regular chicken breast per oz because there is more intramuscular fat in the dark meat vs. the breast.

In terms of weight. Remove from the bone and weigh what you're about to eat if you have a scale available. Otherwise, compare it to a deck of cards which is approximately 4 oz.
May 13, 2012 2:51 PM
Don't get too caught up in the small things. Pick the middle sized piece and give it your best guess. Log it. Then enjoy yourself. It will be close enough. flowerforyou Edited to add... I mean to say that occasionally being a little off is not going to break you.
Edited by blytheandbonnie On May 13, 2012 2:53 PM
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April 30, 2013 6:07 AM
Your best bet is to buy a food scale for times like this so you can weigh the one you will be eating. Most often they calculate calories in a pre-cooked state for meat/pasta/soup/sauce as cooking eliminates or converts some moisture (water/grease/oil) and makes it weigh less. If you are looking at chicken leg quarter in a bag, it probably has the skin on it and the bones. The weight for a medium one about 16 oz and about a third of that is skin and bone. The calories on the bag listed are for the meat and skin. When you cook the chicken if it's baked, I lose about 4 oz of weight from pre-cook to post-cook. I take the post-cook weight since I'm not eating the bones and record that. If it was boneless, I would take the pre-cook weight. Let me know if this makes sense.
Edited by goldninja On April 30, 2013 6:08 AM

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