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Calorie Facts for Fried & Breaded Chicken Tenders

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Melodie Anne Coffman specializes in overall wellness, with particular interests in women's health and personal defense. She holds a master's degree in food science and human nutrition and is a certified instructor through the NRA. Coffman is pursuing her personal trainer certification in 2015.
Calorie Facts for Fried & Breaded Chicken Tenders
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Chicken is naturally lean and low in calories. But when you batter it and cook it in a deep fryer, you’ll quickly up the fat and calories you get. A 3 1/2-ounce serving of breaded and fried chicken tenders, about six to seven strips, has about 300 calories.

Calorie Breakdown

Approximately 50 to 55 percent of the 300 calories in fried chicken tenders are from fat. The remaining calories are split up relatively evenly between protein and carbohydrates. As a comparison, plain grilled chicken tenders of the same serving size feature about half the calories -- 165 calories. Plus, only 25 percent of the calories in grilled chicken come from fat, while the remaining calories are from protein. By ditching the breading, you eliminate the carbohydrates.

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