Chicken and Rice: The Calories

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An entree of chicken and rice topped with black olives and cilantro. (Image: Danish Khan/iStock/Getty Images)

Chicken and rice is a tasty entree that is easy to make, and it will not work against you in your efforts to keep your calorie intake down. To make this dish, thoroughly cook six pieces of chicken in a little vegetable oil in a pot and add water, rice, Spanish olives, fresh vegetables, cilantro, salt and pepper.

The Facts

There are about 448 calories in a serving of homemade chicken and rice. One serving contains a cup of rice and one skinless, 3-oz. chicken breast, or 3 oz. of meat from a skinless chicken leg. Chicken and rice contains 7 g of fat in total, 2 g of saturated fat and 49 mg of cholesterol. The vegetables in chicken and rice contain very little calories. These ingredients include tomatoes, green pepper, red pepper, celery, carrots, corn, onion, garlic and peas.

Significance

According to the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, a 1,000 to 1,200 calorie a day diet plan for women, and a 1,200 to 1,600 calorie a day diet plan for men can help with weight loss; women that exercise routinely and are l65 lbs. or more can follow a 1,200 to 1,600 calorie a day diet to lose weight. Chicken and rice can be one of the entrees on a weight loss diet plan because the number of calories in this dish is low, leaving enough room for a low-calorie breakfast and lunch. Having three low-calorie meals a day is a healthy way to lose weight.

Considerations

The calories in chicken and rice can be more if any fat or skin is left on the chicken pieces used to make this dish. According to the Ohio State University Extension, there are 142 calories in a 3-oz. skinless chicken breast and 193 calories in a 3 ½-oz. chicken breast with the skin. The extra 1/2 oz. accounts for the skin.

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