A breaded chicken cutlet is a versatile chicken preparation, lending itself to a simple breaded chicken sandwich or more complicated dishes such as chicken parmesan. Regardless of how you choose to serve this chicken, it provides a range of nutritional value, including macronutrients, fiber, vitamins and minerals.
Calories and Fat
A 5 ounce breaded chicken cutlet contributes 310 calories and 6 grams of fat to your meal. Two grams of that fat is saturated. A study published in the August 2011 issue of "Current Atherosclerosis Reports" suggests limiting saturated fat intake as a means of reducing your risk of cardiovascular disease. Note that calories and fat may increase if you opt to deep-fry or pan-fry a breaded chicken cutlet rather than baking or microwaving.
Carbohydrates and Fiber
The breading on a chicken cutlet serves as a source of carbohydrates and fiber. One cutlet contains 21 grams of carbs and 2 grams of fiber; ideal intake of these nutrients ranges from 130 grams and 25 to 38 grams, respectively. The carbohydrates in this chicken contribute to energy levels, while the fiber you consume influences digestion and bowel health.
Eating a breaded chicken cutlet is a good option for increasing your protein intake. One serving of this chicken delivers 44 grams of this nutrient, a considerable portion of the 46 to 56 grams of protein your body requires each day. Getting your protein from chicken may provide health benefits. Research featured in the September 2011 issue of "Current Atherosclerosis Reports" indicates that a diet rich in poultry correlates to a 13 to 30 percent lower risk of developing coronary heart disease when compared to people who eat a diet high in red meat.
Vitamins and Minerals
Breaded chicken cutlets provide 19 percent of the daily recommended intake of iron per serving, a mineral that contributes to oxygen delivery to your body's cells. You also take in 8 percent of the vitamin A you need each day. The vitamin A content in this chicken improves eyesight. A serving of breaded chicken cutlet provides smaller amounts of calcium and vitamin C, as well.
- Fitbit: Breaded Chicken Cutlet from Wegmans
- "Current Atherosclerosis Reports"; Dietary Guidelines for Americans 2010: Implications for Cardiovascular Disease; M.R. Flock, et al.; August 2011
- Institute of Medicine: Dietary Reference Intakes: Macronutrients
- McKinley Health Center; Macronutrients: the Importance of Carbohydrate, Protein, and Fat; March 2008
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- Office of Dietary Supplements: Iron
- All About Vision; Vitamin A and Beta Carotene: Eye Benefits; G. Heiting, OD