How Many Calories Are In Baked Chicken Thighs?

Baked chicken in a dish
A plate of baked chicken thighs on a plate. (Image: Teleginatania/iStock/Getty Images)

Although chicken breast meat is a lean protein source -- it contains very little fat -- chicken thighs have different nutritional properties. Chicken thigh meat is fattier, but it does still contain protein.

Calories

According to the online food database Fat Secret, one chicken thigh contains 135 calories. The calorie expenditure information at MayoClinic.com notes that you could burn off the calories in one chicken thigh through less than an hour of walking at a 2 mph pace.

Fat

The nutrition information provided by Fat Secret indicates that one chicken thigh contains about 8.5 g of fat. Of this fat, about 2 g comes from saturated fat, which is considered to be unhealthy.

Carbohydrates

The nutrition information provided by Fat Secret indicates that chicken thighs contain no carbohydrates, which may make them appropriate for low carbohydrate diets.

Protein

Fat Secret notes that chicken thighs are rich in protein, with nearly 14 g per thigh. Protein is a vital nutrient that helps build your muscles, skin and hair, according to the National Library of Medicine and National Institutes of Health. The organizations suggest consuming 50 to 65 g of protein daily.

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