Many people find it difficult to cook healthy meals for themselves on a regular basis. If you find yourself pressed for time, eating precooked rotisserie chicken can be a nutritionally preferable alternative to many of the available fast food options. Since many of the harmful nutritional elements, such as fat, are found in the skin, eating the rotisserie chicken without the skin will make more meal more healthy.
Calories, Fat, Cholesterol and Sodium
One serving of skinless rotisserie chicken is 100 grams, or just under 1/4 pound. That size serving contains 148 calories, with 3.49 grams of total fat and 0.84 grams of saturated fat. The cholesterol content in each serving is 89 milligrams. According to the USDA's Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010, your daily cholesterol intake should not total more than 300 milligrams.
Carbohydrates and Protein
One serving of skinless rotisserie chicken contains virtually no carbohydrates or dietary fiber. However, the chicken is very rich in protein, with over 29 grams in each serving. According to the University of Maryland Medical Center, your body needs protein in order to maintain virtually all of its systems. Protein is particularly important for individuals who work out regularly, since your body needs it in order to repair and maintain sore muscles.
One serving of skinless rotisserie chicken contains nearly 10 milligrams of niacin, 1.44 milligrams of pantothenic acid, 0.14 milligrams of riboflavin, 0.08 milligrams of thiamin, and 0.28 micrograms of vitamin B12. These B complex vitamins are important for such functions as assisting in the process by which the food you eat is turned into usable energy.
Each serving of rotisserie chicken contains 297 milligrams of potassium, an important nutrient for blood pressure control and fluid balance.The recommended daily intake of potassium is 4.7 grams. The chicken also contains 256 milligrams of phosphorus, an important mineral for bone health.
- USDA National Nutrient Database: Chicken, Broilers or Fryers, Breast, Meat Only, Cooked, Rotisserie, Original Seasoning
- Health.gov: Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Protein in Diet - All Information; David Zieve, MD, MHA et al; July 2009
- University of Maryland Medical Center: Vitamin B9 (Folic Acid); Steven D. Ehrlich, NMD; May 2009
- MedlinePlus: Potassium in Diet; David Zieve, MD et al.; May 2010