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.
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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.