In this article, I’ve put together everything you need to know about weights, calories, and serving sizes of chicken drumsticks.
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How Much Does One Chicken Drumstick Weigh?
Chicken drumsticks are taken from the lower part of a chicken’s leg with the thigh removed, they’re mainly sold with the skin on and a large proportion of the drumstick weight is made up of bone.
I weighed individual chicken drumsticks to get an average weight per raw drumstick and here are the results:
The average weight of one raw chicken drumstick with the skin on is around 120g/4.23oz. A chicken drumstick of this size contains 167 calories (in kcal).
Chicken drumstick weights vary depending on the size of the chicken they came from, a smaller raw drumstick (with the skin on) weighs around 90g/3.17oz and a large drumstick can weigh anywhere up to 150g/5.29oz.
Use the table to find more conversion weights of one average-sized raw chicken drumstick with the skin on.
|Weight Type||Weight of one average chicken |
Chicken Drumstick Weight and Calorie Chart
Use the chart below to find more chicken drumstick serving weights and calories, these figures are based on an average raw chicken drumstick (skin on) weighing 120g/4.23oz and containing 1.39kcal per gram (as per pack information).
|Chicken Drumstick Serving Size||Average Weight (in metric and imperial)||Calories (in kcal)|
|25g of drumstick meat||25g/0.88oz||35|
|50g of drumstick meat||50g/1.76oz||70|
|75g of drumstick meat||75g/2.65oz||104|
|100g of drumstick meat||100g/3.53oz||139|
|125g of drumstick meat||125g/4.4oz||174|
|150g of drumstick meat||150g/5.3oz||209|
|175g of drumstick meat||175g/6.2oz||243|
|200g of drumstick meat||200g/7.1oz||278|
|1oz of drumstick meat||28g/1oz||39|
|2oz of drumstick meat||57g/2oz||79|
|3oz of drumstick meat||85g/3oz||118|
|4oz of drumstick meat||113g/4oz||157|
|5oz of drumstick meat||142g/5oz||197|
|6oz of drumstick meat||170g/6oz||236|
How Much Meat Is On A Chicken Drumstick?
Chicken drumsticks are predominately made up of bone and skin and might not have as much edible meat on them as you might think.
I did some research and weighed the meat with the skin and bone removed to find the average amount of meat per chicken drumstick and here are the results:
There is around 30-60g/1.1-2.1oz of meat (without the skin) in total per cooked chicken drumstick.
The amount of meat will vary depending on the size of the drumstick and the bigger the drumstick the more meat there will be.
How Many Chicken Drumsticks Are In A Pound Or Kilogram?
The tables below show the number of chicken drumsticks in a pound or kilogram and multiples pounds and kilograms.
This is based on an average raw chicken drumstick with the skin weighing 120g/4.23oz each. Please note that drumstick weights can vary, so you might need to allow a little more or less depending on their size.
Figures are rounded up or down to the nearest whole drumstick as they can’t be split.
Number Of Chicken Drumsticks In A Pound
|Number of pounds||Average amount of drumsticks per weight|
Number Of Chicken Drumsticks In A Kilogram
|Number of kilograms||Average amount of drumsticks per weight|
When Should You Weigh Chicken Drumsticks?
As a general rule, you should weigh chicken drumsticks before they’re cooked when you’re calorie counting because calorie information is usually based on the raw weight.
Although chicken does reduce in size and weight during cooking, this is mainly water weight and does not hold much calorific value.
The exception to this rule is when you buy ready-cooked chicken drumsticks because the nutritional information on the pack should be based on the cooked weight and not the raw weight.
The nutritional information on a pack of raw drumsticks is based on the whole weight including the skin, if you only use the meat, then it might make sense to weigh the cooked meat as this is the only part you’ll be eating.
How Much Weight Do Chicken Drumsticks Lose When Cooked?
The amount that chicken reduces in weight when it’s cooked, depends on the quality of the chicken and whether it has added water.
Because drumsticks are generally cooked with bones and skin on, they tend to retain more liquid than skinless and boneless chicken which will dry out more during the cooking process. This is because the fatty barrier which helps to retain moisture as it cooks.
As a general rule, good quality free-range chicken drumsticks with the skin left on will reduce in weight by around 25% of the original weight. For example, a raw chicken drumstick weighing 100g will weigh around 75g after cooking.
How Many Chicken Drumsticks Are In A Serving?
If you’re meal planning or calorie counting and you need to know how many chicken drumsticks are in a serving, then here’s the information:
The recommended portion size of chicken drumsticks is two drumsticks per person. This is equal to around 60-90g/2.1-3.2oz of chicken meat per serving.
If you’re meal planning, then as a general rule allow two chicken drumsticks per person for a small portion or three drumsticks each for a large portion or if you want leftovers.
- Average Weight and Calories of a Chicken Drumstick: A raw chicken drumstick, with skin on, averages around 120g/4.23oz and contains approximately 167 calories. The weight can range from 90g/3.17oz to 150g/5.29oz depending on the size of the chicken.
- Meat Content: The actual meat content of a cooked chicken drumstick, with skin and bone removed, ranges between 30-60g/1.1-2.1oz. The meat content can vary based on the size of the drumstick.
- Cooking Weight Loss: Chicken drumsticks generally lose about 25% of their original weight during cooking. For instance, a 100g raw drumstick might weigh approximately 75g after cooking.
- Serving Size: The recommended portion size is typically two drumsticks per person, equating to around 60-90g/2.1-3.2oz of chicken meat per serving.
- Number of Drumsticks per Weight Unit: Approximately eight average-sized chicken drumsticks are found in a kilogram, based on an average weight of 120g/4.23oz per drumstick.
- Weighing Considerations: For calorie counting and nutritional information, it’s advisable to weigh chicken drumsticks raw as most nutritional information is based on the raw weight. However, considerations might be made for cooked weight in certain scenarios, such as when only the meat is consumed.
These key points encapsulate the essential information and findings discussed in the article, providing a quick reference for understanding the weights and caloric content of chicken drumsticks in various contexts and serving sizes.
More Chicken Drumstick Weight FAQs
Based on an average raw chicken drumstick (skin on) weighing 120g/4.23oz, there are around eight average-sized chicken drumsticks in a kilogram.
Based on an average raw chicken drumstick (skin on) weighing 120g/4.23oz and an average reduction of 25% of weight during cooking, an average cooked chicken drumstick weighs around 90g/3.17oz.
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