Thighs or Breasts

  • Regina_Guy

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    Jun 17, 2010 10:37 PM GMT
    I typically eat chicken thighs because they are cheaper and don't dry out when cooking them. In terms of muscle building and health benefits, is there a big difference between the two? I know thighs have more fat content.
  • Bunjamon

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:03 AM GMT
    I must admit, I'm more of a breast guy, but the thighs are good too. In terms of protein consumption I'm assuming they're about the same, but thighs do have a higher fat content, as you said.

    I say eat what you like! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:04 AM GMT
    I like 'em both... what's not to like?
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:05 AM GMT
    I recently fell out of love with chicken altogether. Sad, but true.
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    Breasts definitely. I like pecs.
  • jrs1

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:06 AM GMT
    I've always liked the thighs ... but now that I cook for myself ... it's awesome to grill cutlets of breast meat.
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    Jun 18, 2010 1:08 AM GMT
    you could always try getting some split chicken breasts with the skin on and bone in. roast 'em in the oven with a little salt and pepper and then just take the skin off before devouring it. cheap, delicious, and healthy(ish).
  • calibro

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    Jun 18, 2010 1:34 AM GMT
    i've been a vegetarian for about a decade, but before i came one i proffered drum sticks... the phallic/oral obsession started young with me i guess icon_wink.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    I do drumsticks, breast were great until they shot up in price.
  • Celticmusl

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    Jun 18, 2010 3:45 AM GMT
    Vegetarian here too. But an ice cream drumstick sounds really good right now.
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    Jun 18, 2010 3:55 AM GMT
    They are about the same, nutritionally. Thighs (dark meat) has a slightly higher iron and a denser protein content make up. Think of breasts as our [human] pecs; they are normally built when we do chest exercises and thats it, so thats why its white meat. Thighs on the other hand, are full of iron-rich lean muscle because, they are use more often than the breast/chest.

    Thighs, typically, have/hold more flavor though! Go with thighs (plus they are cheaper ;-))
  • MSUBioNerd

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    Jun 18, 2010 4:49 AM GMT
    The fat content difference between white and dark meat in chicken isn't all that large -- dark meat skinless is roughly equivalent to white meat with skin (depends on the cooking method which one comes out better), and even dark meat with the skin is roughly equivalent to 85% lean beef (the chicken's marginally better than the beef in this one). I think what makes a bigger difference is how you plan to eat it.

    For me, white meat chicken is often pretty dry and bland, and so I need some sort of sauce or condiment for it. Mustard works fine, and is pretty healthy, but you'd be amazed at the sugar and even the fat content of most barbeque or teriyaki sauces. Dark meat chicken from my crockpot, on the other hand, I can eat without any sauce on it at all.
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    Dark meat pleaseicon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gificon_biggrin.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 5:05 AM GMT
    Ciarsolo saidI recently fell out of love with chicken altogether. Sad, but true.


    I still like chicken.......Hmmmm you still look good to me icon_cool.gif

    It's a good thing then I am one or two years beyond chicken....Right icon_eek.gif
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    Jun 18, 2010 7:01 AM GMT
    Blacken chicken breast over fettuccine, topped with a delicious buttery Alfredo sauce. And garlic bread on the side.
  • Regina_Guy

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    Jun 18, 2010 2:58 PM GMT
    Thanks guys!

    I did a little more research tonight, and what MSUBioNerd says is pretty accurate. I think I'll stick to my thighs for the most part. Never been a breast man! *wink*
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    Jun 18, 2010 4:31 PM GMT
    I just can't make those dry white tasteless breasts go down. They stick in my gullet. I'm a thigh man all the way. icon_wink.gif
  • FredMG

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    Jun 18, 2010 4:49 PM GMT
    Mmm. Both.

    I put breasts into things like stir fry and curry. Thighs for grilling.
  • Quill_Gordon

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    Jun 24, 2010 3:18 AM GMT
    white or dark, try Bell&Evans or any non-factory-farmed bird. the flavor is worth the cost.
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    Jun 24, 2010 3:34 AM GMT
    Stewed chicken breasts: 18% calories from fat

    Stewed chicken thighs: 45% calories from fat

    Otherwise, they’re nutritionally comparable…
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    Jun 24, 2010 3:36 AM GMT
    paulflexes saidBlacken chicken breast over fettuccine, topped with a delicious buttery Alfredo sauce. And garlic bread on the side.


    That sounds better than sex!
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    Jun 24, 2010 3:37 AM GMT
    Regina_Guy saidI typically eat chicken thighs because they are cheaper and don't dry out when cooking them. In terms of muscle building and health benefits, is there a big difference between the two? I know thighs have more fat content.



    Rub olive oil over your chicken breast and cook at a lower temp to avoid it drying out. lay it over a rosemary stem if you really want an orgasm while eating. mmm so good.
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    Jun 24, 2010 8:02 PM GMT
    I personally don't care, both are great.
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    Jun 24, 2010 8:11 PM GMT
    I love both thighs and breasts. Last night I marinated chicken breasts in Italian dressing for a couple of hours and then put them on the grill. Really tasty and moist. If your chicken breasts are too dry, you are cooking them too long and on too high of heat.
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    Jun 29, 2010 7:36 PM GMT
    Satyricon331 saidStewed chicken breasts: 18% calories from fat

    Stewed chicken thighs: 45% calories from fat

    Otherwise, they’re nutritionally comparable…


    The information I got was a touch different, but not by much. In a 4 OZ servicing of chicken thigh there was 1.5g more of fat than in chicken breast (39%/20%). And yet, I can easily get rid of more than 1.5g of cooking oil when making thighs.