Now that you've mastered chicken labeling lingo, it's time to look at value, both nutrition and cost. This guide will help you price, compare, prep, and plan your weeknight dinner menu.
Cost and Nutrition by the Cut
Americans love chicken. It's the most popular meat because it's lean, quick cooking, reliable, and affordable. Not all cuts are made the same—in nutrition, cost, or flavor. This guide to the chicken aisle addresses all these issues, helping you become a more informed shopper and savvier chicken cook.
How We Did the Math
- All nutritional values calculated are for 4 ounces of boneless, cooked chicken.
- Specialty isn't used on labels, but is defined by the USDA as products produced from minimally processed chickens raised on an all-vegetarian diet without antibiotics.
- Prices are per pound and reflect national averages as reported by the USDA.