Need more protein in your diet? Not getting enough of this nutrient can affect your health and body composition. The DRI (Dietary Reference Intake) is 0.36 grams of protein per pound of body weight, which amounts to 56 grams of protein each day for men and 46 grams for women.

Thankfully, you can easily get the protein you need by eating the right foods such as peanut butter, tofu, lentils - and our favorite - chicken. Let’s learn more about why grilled chicken makes an excellent source of protein.

A Serving of Chicken Has 25 Grams of Protein

Based on the numbers above from the DRI, most people need an average of 46-56 grams of protein a day. A 3-ounce serving of cooked chicken breast has about 140 calories, 3 grams of fat and 25 grams of protein. Chicken breast is also a great source of selenium, Vitamin B6, niacin and phosphorus.

While delicious, we generally do not recommend eating the skin of the chicken because you’ll quadruple the fat content. In moderation is fine, but if you’re watching your calories and fat, it’s best to remove the skin. While you do need fat in your diet, it’s best to get it from healthy sources like avocados or nuts.

So, just a simple chicken breast gives you a good portion of your daily protein. Serve it with other high-protein foods like broccoli, quinoa or Ezekiel bread and you have a healthy meal that will satisfy your hunger.

Chicken’s Nutrient Profile is Affected by its Diet

Chicken is almost entirely protein. Generally, chickens get their protein from a high-quality commercial layer feed, as well as grasses and weeds that they nibble on throughout the day. We do know that the nutritional value of the chicken can change based on its diet.

Animal proteins are also similar to the proteins found in the human body. They are considered to be complete sources of protein that contain all the essential amino acids your body needs to function properly. Surprisingly, the nutritional content doesn’t change much based on how you cook the chicken. That said, white meat is healthier than dark meat and baking, broiling and grilling is better than frying.

When Dining Out - Choose the Best Chicken Restaurants

Whether you’re looking to lose weight, gain more muscle or speed up recovery, chicken is a healthy protein that you can eat multiple times a week. La Rosa Chicken and Grill takes pride in the high-quality meat we serve in our chicken restaurants. If you want a break from cooking while staying on track with your nutritional goals, stop in today for a delicious meal!

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