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Myth: Remove the Chicken Skin.

Ask anyone what the tastiest part of a chicken is and their answer will undoubtedly be the skin. Crispy chicken skin is rich in flavor and practically melts in your mouth, but we’ve been taught and told to remove it due to it’s negative nutritional content. But is it true?

No. Turns out, chicken skin isn’t so bad.

A 12-ounce portion of skin-on chicken breast has only 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 50 calories more than a skinless counterpart of the same size. Most of us are advised to eat 16 (or less) grams of saturated fat per day, so the occasional chicken skin is certainly acceptable as a guilt-free treat. It’s not a green light to eat chicken skin with every meal, but some skin isn’t a bad thing – and it will add lots of flavor to some otherwise bland poultry dishes.

Moreover, 55% of the fat in chicken skin is monounsaturated. Monounsaturated fats are the heart-healthy fats (like that fats found in olive oil) that help improve blood cholesterol levels, decrease the risk of heart disease and benefit insulin levels and blood sugar control.

Chicken is a great, lean source of protein. And occasionally cooking and serving chicken with the skin on will help make your poultry meals more interesting and enjoyable. Bon appetit.