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October 18, 2012 10:25 AM
I always buy the fresh prepacked boneless skinless chicken breast fillets and I keep forgetting to check how many ounces are in a pack of the four fillets and I am clueless as to about how many ounces are in one fillet (these are the breasts that are cut in half lengthwise so they are thinner.... anyone know?
  315374
October 18, 2012 10:36 AM
If they are a preportioned to a standard, it's 4 oz. If not, who knows, you'd have to weight them. If your are getting them in the grocery store, they are not 4 oz portions unless it specifically states that on the package.
October 18, 2012 10:37 AM
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I always buy the fresh prepacked boneless skinless chicken breast fillets and I keep forgetting to check how many ounces are in a pack of the four fillets and I am clueless as to about how many ounces are in one fillet (these are the breasts that are cut in half lengthwise so they are thinner.... anyone know?


It will be substantially beneficial for you to purchase a food scale and use it often.
October 18, 2012 10:37 AM
Uh, no? Not all chicken breasts weigh the same, you'd have to weigh them yourself.
  11570105
October 18, 2012 10:51 AM
Depending on the size, a single breast can be anywhere from 2 to maybe even 4 servings. That means that at 4 oz per serving one breast can weigh from 8 oz to 16 oz (one pound). And yes I had a package of breasts once that had one that large. I can only imagine how big that bird was whole. Typically though I think the packages I get are around 2 lbs with 4 breasts, so 1/2 pound (8 oz) per breast.

Your best bet is just to weigh them every time since they can and do vary so much. You probably won't be able to get them exact but at least you know that for dinner that night your piece weighed 5.5 oz and you can figure that in. Also, if you don't already know, that is the precooked weight.

I did an experiment a little while back with hamburger and pasta to see the difference after it was cooked. The pasta weighed almost twice as much cooked and the hamburger weighed almost half of the original weight.
  16849571
October 18, 2012 10:52 AM
I like to play it safe and weigh EVERYTHING! Otherwise I would obsess about it!
  291552
October 18, 2012 10:55 AM
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I like to play it safe and weigh EVERYTHING! Otherwise I would obsess about it!


Me too. I obsessively weigh stuff so I don't have to obsessively worry about not knowing what it weighed.
  914777
October 18, 2012 11:15 AM
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I like to play it safe and weigh EVERYTHING! Otherwise I would obsess about it!


Me too. I obsessively weigh stuff so I don't have to obsessively worry about not knowing what it weighed.


I thought I was the only one. Good to know I am not alone.
October 18, 2012 11:17 AM
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I like to play it safe and weigh EVERYTHING! Otherwise I would obsess about it!


Me too. I obsessively weigh stuff so I don't have to obsessively worry about not knowing what it weighed.


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October 18, 2012 11:17 AM
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I always buy the fresh prepacked boneless skinless chicken breast fillets and I keep forgetting to check how many ounces are in a pack of the four fillets and I am clueless as to about how many ounces are in one fillet (these are the breasts that are cut in half lengthwise so they are thinner.... anyone know?


It will be substantially beneficial for you to purchase a food scale and use it often.


Yes. I have 2 one for home and one for work! Use them both daily!
October 18, 2012 11:19 AM
nthing the advice for a food scale. Seriously - unless you are an expert and have been doing this for a year or more, it is easy to overestimate.
  28667119
October 18, 2012 11:19 AM
General guideline for any meat is 3 ounces is the size of a deck of playing cards. Another would be the size of the palm of your hand.
  19829924
October 18, 2012 11:32 AM
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It will be substantially beneficial for you to purchase a food scale and use it often.


Scales people.. spend the $20 and get one will really change things.
October 18, 2012 11:34 AM
I too suggest you get a food scale. You can get them really inexpensive or get the digital expensive ones. I could not do this without it. I measure and weigh everything I eat and log it. Right down to the Teaspoons and Tablespoons.

Good luck!
  29400523
October 18, 2012 11:36 AM
My kitchen scale is the most used tool in my kitchen. It has been a real eye opener, both over and under estimating things by eye.
  27900648
October 18, 2012 11:43 AM
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General guideline for any meat is 3 ounces is the size of a deck of playing cards. Another would be the size of the palm of your hand.


^^This is good when away from home, but you should invest in a scale. I found one for around $5 at Target a couple of years ago & since joining MFP I use it daily! I also have shunned serving spoons & use measuring cups to plate my food. If you need to eyeball things for a while here is a good guide to help you more accurately estimate:
http://caloriecount.about.com/article/when_you_cant_measure_estimate_portions
  30418505
October 18, 2012 11:45 AM
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I like to play it safe and weigh EVERYTHING! Otherwise I would obsess about it!


Me too. I obsessively weigh stuff so I don't have to obsessively worry about not knowing what it weighed.


^^^^^^^^^

Beat me to it...
  29277813
October 18, 2012 11:47 AM
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Uh, no? Not all chicken breasts weigh the same, you'd have to weigh them yourself.


This ^
Probably between 3 and 6 oz wink
  5139654
October 18, 2012 11:48 AM
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I always buy the fresh prepacked boneless skinless chicken breast fillets and I keep forgetting to check how many ounces are in a pack of the four fillets and I am clueless as to about how many ounces are in one fillet (these are the breasts that are cut in half lengthwise so they are thinner.... anyone know?


It will be substantially beneficial for you to purchase a food scale and use it often.


^^ This times 1,000
October 18, 2012 11:55 AM
Rule of thumb, 4 oz is about the size of a deck of cards or the palm of your hand. The 4 oz. rule doesn't always apply to store bought chicken breasts. For example sometimes a breast can weigh 6 or even 8 oz. Use your eyes and even better, a scale.
  21266756
October 18, 2012 12:04 PM
Where do they sell 1lb chicken breasts? cuz I'll take twenty.
October 18, 2012 12:30 PM
Those are usually 6-8 ounces each. I used to think they were 4oz, but they are usually double that. Wasn't a problem for weight loss, as it's almost pure protein, but it was good to find out because I could lower the protein supplementation I was doing.
October 18, 2012 1:25 PM
Thanks everyone, I have been meaning to get a scale and now I will...
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