In this article, I’ve put together everything you need to know about weights, calories, and serving sizes of whole chicken legs.
Use the easy-to-follow charts to quickly work out and find the information you’re looking for, including raw and cooked weights and information on how much of a chicken leg is edible meat.
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What Is A Chicken Leg?
Just before I get started with chicken leg weights and calories, I wanted to explain what a chicken leg actually is.
There is some confusion between the difference between a chicken leg and a chicken drumstick, so for the avoidance of doubt, here’s the clarification:
A chicken leg consists of two main parts: the drumstick and the thigh. The drumstick is the lower part of the leg, which is meaty and cylindrical, while the thigh is the upper portion, containing more fat and a richer flavor. Both parts are often used in various culinary dishes, offering a combination of textures and flavors.
The image below shows an example of what whole chicken legs look like, they are generally sold in stores and butchers with the skin on so they remain juicy when cooked.
How Much Does One Chicken Leg Weigh?
I weighed individual chicken legs (with the skin and bone) to get an average weight per raw leg and here are the results:
The average weight of one chicken leg with the skin on and the bone in is around 200g/7.05oz. A chicken leg of this size contains 448 calories (in kcal).
Chicken leg weights vary depending on the size of the chicken they came from, a smaller raw chicken leg (with the skin on and bone-in) weighs around 150g/5.29oz and a large leg weighs around 250g/8.8oz.
Use the table to find more conversion weights of one raw chicken leg which is either skin-on/bone-in or skinless and boneless:
|Weight Type||Weight of one average chicken |
leg (including the skin and bone)
Chicken Leg Weight And Calorie Chart
Use the chart below to find more chicken leg serving weights and calories, these figures are based on an average raw chicken leg weighing 200g/7.05oz (including the skin and bone).
It’s worth noting that calorie information does vary for chicken depending on where you look, to keep things simple I’ve gone with an average of 2.24 per gram which I’ve taken from mainstream supermarket pack information.
|Chicken leg Serving Size|
(including the skin & bone)
(in metric & imperial)
|25g of leg meat||25g/0.88oz||60|
|50g of leg meat||50g/1.76oz||112|
|75g of leg meat||75g/2.65oz||168|
|100g of leg meat||100g/3.53oz||224|
|125g of leg meat||125g/4.4oz||280|
|150g of leg meat||150g/5.3oz||336|
|175g of leg meat||175g/6.2oz||392|
|200g of leg meat||200g/7.1oz||448|
|1oz of leg meat||28g/1oz||63|
|2oz of leg meat||57g/2oz||128|
|3oz of leg meat||85g/3oz||190|
|4oz of leg meat||113g/4oz||253|
|5oz of leg meat||142g/5oz||318|
|6oz of leg meat||170g/6oz||381|
How Much Meat Is On A Chicken Leg?
With the exception of chicken breasts, chicken legs are one of the meatiest parts of the chicken.
I did some research and weighed the meat of a chicken leg (with the skin and bone removed) to find the average amount of meat per whole leg and here are the results:
An average-sized chicken leg with a raw weight of 200g/7.05oz, weighs around 150g/5.29oz when cooked, and with the bone and skin removed the meat weighs around 120g/4.23oz.
This means that chicken leg bones weigh around 30g per chicken leg and this amount can be deducted from a cooked chicken leg weight to get the edible meat weight.
It’s important to note, the amount of meat will vary depending on the size of the chicken leg and the bigger the leg, the more meat there will be.
How Many Chicken Legs Are In A Pound Or Kilogram?
The tables below show the number of chicken legs in a pound or kilogram and multiples pounds and kilograms.
This is based on an average-sized raw chicken leg weighing 200g/7.05oz each.
Please note that chicken leg weights can vary, so you might need to allow a little more or less depending on their size and figures are rounded up or down to the nearest whole chicken leg.
Number Of Chicken Legs In A Pound
|Number of pounds||Amount of chicken legs per weight |
(including skin and bone)
Number Of Chicken Legs In A Kilogram
|Number of kilograms||Amount of chicken legs per weight |
(including skin and bone)
When Should You Weigh Chicken Legs?
As a rule, if you’re calorie counting, you should weigh chicken legs before they’re cooked because calorie information is usually based on the raw weight.
The exception to this rule is when you buy ready-cooked chicken legs 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 chicken legs is based on the whole weight including the skin (if they have the skin on), 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 Legs 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 chicken legs 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 rule, good quality free-range chicken legs with the skin left on will reduce in weight by around 25% of the original weight. For example, a raw chicken leg weighing 200g/7.05oz will weigh around 150g/5.29oz after cooking.
I did some research and put this theory into practice and the ratios do work, there might be a slight difference, but a 25% reduction is pretty close to what you can expect when you cook chicken.
The table below shows a guide to before and after cooking weights for chicken legs, along with how much cooked edible meat you can expect per leg:
|Raw Chicken Leg Weight||Cooked Chicken Leg Weight||Edible Meat Weight|
How Many Chicken Chicken Legs Are in a Serving?
If you’re meal planning or calorie counting and you need to know how many chicken legs are in a serving, then here’s the information:
The recommended portion size of chicken legs is one whole average-sized chicken leg with the skin on per person.
If you’re meal planning, then as a rule allow one chicken leg per person for a small portion or two legs each for a larger portion or if you want leftovers.
More Chicken Leg Weight FAQs
Based on an average chicken leg weight of 200g/7.05oz (including the skin and bone), there are around two chicken legs in a pound.
Based on an average chicken leg weight of 200g/7.05oz (including the skin and bone), there are around five chicken legs in a kilogram.
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