If you fry chicken, plain, without any breading, and then eat it (no skin), would you still be consuming a lot of fat and calories? Also, does the same go for other foods like fish? One last thing...if I pick the breading off fried chicken, is it a diet-friendly food?
-Fear of Frying
Dear Fear of Frying,
Eating chicken without breading or skin is a very good idea. Both skin and coatings add tons of fat and calories to your poultry (in fact, more than half of the fat found in chicken is in the skin). And, when it comes to skin, your best bet is to take the stuff off BEFORE cooking. While you can peel off the top layer of skin (and breading) once the chicken is already cooked, the fat that was under the skin will have melted, and some of it will have been absorbed into the meat -- which will make it juicier, but also more fat and calorie-packed. As for frying, even if you cook your chicken with no breading or skin, frying it in oil will add a significant number of calories (the same holds true for fish). Try to instead use non-stick cooking spray, chicken broth, flavored vinegars, etc... in your cooking. Believe it or not, I Iove cooking chicken on my George Foreman Grill. The easy-to-use grill cooks your chicken and drains all the excess fat into a little fat-trapper thingee. Go, George!
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