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Chicken Breast or Chicken Thighs, What is Healthier

Updated on August 6, 2015

Are Chicken Breasts Healthier Than Chicken Thighs

Most chicken recipes now a days seem to call for chicken breast. I personally do not care much for chicken breast but absolutely love chicken thighs. So I wondered if there was really much of a difference, if any at all. One of the big reasons people buy chicken breast is because they're being told it's healthier because of having less fat content.

If you like chicken thighs like I do, it's probably because the meat itself is much juicier and more tender. I do not like dry meat and chicken breast is much drier being it's white meat. White meat is in of itself a dryer meat.

After doing some research on the topic I discovered that dark meat is just as good as white meat on chicken. What is not good for you is the skin of the chicken. Well I never ate that anyway. I like cooking my chicken with skin though because it keeps it moist and helps the juices stay in the meat.

If you BBQ chicken thighs the skin gets good and dark but the meat maintains it's moisture. So if you like chicken thighs like I do, it's perfectly fine to eat them. There is no difference in white or dark meat. It's just a preference of taste.

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    • DeborahFantasia profile image

      Deborah 6 years ago from Italy

      That is a common misconception !

    • Just Ask Susan profile image

      Susan Zutautas 6 years ago from Ontario, Canada

      I like both chicken breasts and chicken thighs. Interesting though as I've always thought that the white meat was a healthier choice.

    • Deborah-Diane profile image

      Deborah-Diane 6 years ago from Orange County, California

      I prefer chicken thighs, too! Thanks for your informative hub!