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How Many Calories Are In Baked Chicken Thighs?

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Brian Willett began writing in 2005. He has been published in the "Buffalo News," the "Daytona Times" and "Natural Muscle Magazine." Willett also writes for and He is an American Council on Exercise-certified personal trainer and earned a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from the University of North Carolina.
How Many Calories Are In Baked Chicken Thighs?
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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.

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


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.


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


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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