Chicken Stir-Fry Calories

by Kelsey Casselbury

If you're craving Asian cuisine, chicken stir-fry can be a healthy, quick way to indulge -- as long as you prepare it correctly. The calories in a stir-fry will depend greatly on the recipe you choose, so find one that's rich in veggies, light on the oil and full of flavor.

Calories in Homemade Stir-Fry

Chicken stir-fry has a few basic elements: chicken, of course, as well as vegetables and a sauce that can contain ingredients such as chicken broth, soy sauce and sugar. A stir-fry recipe that uses 1.5 pounds of chicken breast, 4 cups of vegetables and just 1 tablespoon of oil to stir-fry, along with a sauce made of chicken broth, soy sauce and a tablespoon of sugar, makes eight servings for 152 calories each. This doesn't take into consideration the rice that often accompanies stir-fry. A recipe that includes rice, along with 12 ounces of chicken, 2 tablespoons of sesame oil, a variety of vegetables and a sauce made from soy sauce, hoisin sauce, cornstarch and rice vinegar, creates four servings at just less than 300 calories each. To cut back on calories, eat less rice and more veggies and keep the oil used to stir-fry the ingredients to a minimum.

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About the Author

Kelsey Casselbury is a freelance writer and editor based in central Maryland. Her clients have included Livestrong, School Nutrition magazine, What's Up? Media, American Academy of Clinical Chemistry, SmartBrief and more. She has a formal education in personal training/nutrition and a bachelor's degree in journalism from The Pennsylvania State University.