Nutritional Data at a Glance- Chicken

April 7, 2021

All nutritional data can be found on the United States Department of Agriculture FoodData Search site!

Below you will find data on some of the nutrients available in particular cuts, per 100g (both muscle meat & secreting organs) from a chicken.  

For macronutrients (carbs, calories, protein, fat, including energy in kcal, water, fiber & sugar) see the USDA's site (fatty acids are also detailed on their website). 

**µg = microgram**

**for some listings, you may see I included the Vitamin D nutritional info 2x; the 1st line with "IU" is the international measurement (which is sometimes on the label of some supplements), directly below that you may see Vitamin D again, but with "µg" which is just the measurements in micrograms!**

When following a strict BARF or PMR diet, some of the nutrients most commonly lacking are: 
Vitamin E
Vitamin D

If present in the figures presented below (no matter how little), I have gone ahead and highlighted them for you! 

If you look through the USDA database, you may notice how much higher Linoleic Acid (LA) is in comparison to Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA); this is why we recommend pairing chia seeds, flaxseed or flaxseed oils with meals that are higher in poultry/poultry skin = fat. Chia and flax will help boost Alpha-Linolenic Acid (ALA) and balance out your omega-6 fatty acids within a raw diet (if more raw animal fat cannot/is not be added).


When it comes to chicken legs ("chicken drumsticks"), these raw meaty bones can sometimes be difficult for many dogs to properly digest. The bones in chicken drumsticks are also a bit denser than the other bones in a chicken, thus leading to splintering on occasion. For these reasons, I do not feed chicken drumsticks to my dogs, as the raw meaty bone portion of their balanced raw diet. You can, however, remove all skin and meat to feed & save the leg bones for a nutritious bone broth if you do not wish to feed chicken drumsticks!

Monitor your pet's stool to see how they have digested these raw bones before continuing to include raw turkey bones in their diet. If there are shards of undigested bone in their stool, it may be best to switch to "softer" bones that may be digested more easily (ie. bones from chicken, duck, quail, rabbit etc...).

If you believe your pet to have sustained an injury from ingesting a raw meaty bone, or that there may be a blockage, seek professional medical help IMMEDIATELY!


per 100g
Calcium:  8mg
Iron:  8.99mg
Magnesium:  19mg
Phosphorus:  297mg
Potassium:  230mg
Sodium:  71mg
Zinc:  2.67mg
Copper:  0.492mg
Manganese:  0.255mg
Selenium:  54.6µg
Thiamin:  0.305mg
Riboflavin:  1.778mg
Niacin:  9.728mg
Pantothenic acid:  6.233mg
Vitamin B-6:  0.853mg
Folate:  588µg
Choline:  194.4mg
Vitamin B-12:  16.58µg
Vitamin A, RAE:  3296µg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol):  0.7mg

CHICKEN EGG, Raw (Whites + Yolk)

per 100g
Calcium:  56mg
Iron:  1.75mg
Magnesium:  12mg
Phosphorus:  198mg
Potassium:  138mg
Sodium:  142mg
Zinc:  1.29mg
Copper:  0.072mg
Manganese:  0.028mg
Selenium:  30.7µg
Fluoride:  1.1µg
Thiamin:  0.04mg
Riboflavin:  0.457mg
Niacin:  0.075mg
Pantothenic acid:  1.533mg
Vitamin B-6:  0.17mg
Choline:  293.8mg
Vitamin B-12:  0.89µg
Vitamin A, RAE:  160µg
Vitamin A:  540IU
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol):  1.05mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3):  82IU
Vitamin D (D2 + D3):  2µg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone):  0.3µg
Vitamin K (Dihydrophylloquinone):  0.1µg
(ALA):  0.036g
(DHA):  0.058g


per 100g
Calcium:  11mg
Iron:  0.46mg
Magnesium:  16mg
Phosphorus:  123mg
Potassium:  187mg
Sodium:  84mg
Zinc:  1.21mg
Copper:  0.034mg
Manganese:  0.011mg
Selenium:  17.6µg
Thiamin: 0.054mg
Riboflavin: 0.103mg
Niacin: 5.697mg
Pantothenic acid: 0.64mg
Vitamin B-6: 0.528mg
Folate:  7µg
Choline:  82mg
Vitamin B-12: 0.25µg
Vitamin A, RAE: 9µg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol): 0.64mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3): 5IU
Vitamin D (D2 + D3): 0.1µg
Vitamin K (Menaquinone-4): 23.7µg


per 100g
Calcium:  5mg
Iron:  0.37mg
Magnesium:  28mg
Phosphorus:  213mg
Potassium:  334mg
Sodium:  45mg
Zinc:  0.68mg
Copper:  0.037mg
Manganese:  0.011mg
Selenium:  22.8µg
Thiamin: 0.094mg
Riboflavin: 0.177mg
Niacin: 9.6mg
Pantothenic acid: 1.495mg
Vitamin B-6: 0.811mg
Folate:  9µg
Choline:  82.1mg
Vitamin B-12: 0.21µg
Vitamin A, RAE: 9µg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol): 0.56mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3):  1 IU
Vitamin K (Menaquinone-4): 8.4µg


per 100g
Calcium:  6mg
Iron:  0.37mg
Magnesium:  8mg
Phosphorus:  95mg
Potassium:  119mg
Sodium:  51mg
Zinc:  0.65mg
Copper:  0.038mg
Manganese:  0.014mg
Selenium:  10.1µg
Thiamin: 0.04mg
Riboflavin: 0.032mg
Niacin: 2.565mg
Pantothenic acid: 0.61mg
Vitamin B-6: 0.116mg
Folate:  2µg
Choline:  28.3mg
Vitamin B-12: 0.65µg
Vitamin A, RAE: 59µg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol): 0.27mg
Vitamin D (D2 + D3):  6IU
Vitamin D (D2 + D3): 0.2µg
Vitamin D3 (cholecalciferol): 0.2µg
Vitamin K (phylloquinone): 0.4µg


per 100g
Calcium:  12mg
Iron:  5.96mg
Magnesium:  15mg
Phosphorus:  177mg
Potassium:  176mg
Sodium:  74mg
Zinc:  6.59mg
Copper:  0.346mg
Manganese:  0.089mg
Selenium:  4.3µg
Thiamin: 0.152mg
Riboflavin: 0.728mg
Niacin: 4.883mg
Pantothenic acid: 2.559mg
Vitamin B-6: 0.36mg
Folate:  72µg
Vitamin B-12: 7.29µg
Vitamin A, RAE: 9µg


per 100g
Calcium:  11mg
Iron:  2.49mg
Magnesium:  15mg
Phosphorus:  148mg
Potassium:  237mg
Sodium:  69mg
Zinc:  2.72mg
Copper:  0.116mg
Manganese:  0.055mg
Selenium:  25.5µg
Thiamin: 0.028mg
Riboflavin: 0.231mg
Niacin: 3.68mg
Pantothenic acid: 0.631mg
Vitamin B-6: 0.112mg
Folate:  5µg
Vitamin B-12: 1.21µg
Vitamin A, RAE: 19µg
Vitamin E (alpha-tocopherol): 0.33mg


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