How Many Calories Are in Garlic Chicken Chinese Food?

by Juliet Wilkinson

A plate of garlic chicken at a Chinese restaurant.

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Oriental foods boast a wide range of protein and vegetable options including tofu, chicken and beef with spicy seasonings. The calories in a plate of garlic chicken stem from the cooking oils, such as sesame, and the protein-rich chicken.


The ingredients in Chinese garlic chicken varies according to preparation and ingredient amounts, however, the main ingredients of garlic, chicken and a base remain constant. The calorie count originates from the chicken, broth or base and the oils used for cooking.

Calorie Cutting

A single serving of garlic chicken, prepared at home, will have around 693 calories. All Recipes offers a Chinese garlic chicken recipe using skinless chicken breasts which are stir fried, cutting the calorie count down to 277 calories per serving


A 693 calorie meal is considered substantial by FDA standards at almost 1/3 of total daily caloric intake. That count does not include variables such as preparations which include frying the chicken in calorie rich oils, or adding a heavy garlic sauce over the dish which will increase calories even further.

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About the Author

As a bachelor's-prepared registered nurse with more than 15 years of diversified experience, Juliet Wilkinson innerves our health-conscious population through expert articles. She is a motivated professional who believes that preventive care is the first step towards health and well-being.