How Many Chicken Tenderloins is 4 Oz? A Weight Off Your Mind

November 17, 2022

You can expect to get about 2 chicken tenders in every 4 ounces. Keep in mind that this is an estimate – the exact number can vary depending on the weight of each chicken tender!

It was only after I got to culinary school that I realized just how important weight is when it comes to cooking. It can determine the amount of other ingredients used, the cooking time, portion size, etc. So, this was something I had to master before learning other complex cooking techniques and now I’m ready to share my experience with you.

Discover just how much chicken there is per ounce, how to calculate how many pieces for any given weight, and how to always have the right quantity for any meal!

how many chicken tenderloins is 4 oz

How Many Oz is a Chicken Breast Tenderloin?

The first thing that I need to remind you about is that all of the weights that I will be mentioning here are estimates.

At the end of the day, I can’t possibly give you the exact weight of all the chicken tenderloins sold in grocery stores or butcher shops. This is because the weight of chicken breasts and chicken tenderloins can vary quite a bit.

So, how many ounces is a single chicken tenderloin?

On average, though, a chicken tenderloin can weigh 2 ounces or more.

Each of the chicken tenders at this weight would be about the size of your palm or a little bit smaller.

At this weight, how many calories are in each chicken tenderloin? Well, each of the chicken tenderloins at this weight would be between 50 and 55 calories.

Is a Chicken Tenderloin 4 oz?

Then, yes, a single chicken tenderloin can weigh as much as 4 ounces or even more!

So, how many calories would a chicken tenderloin be at this weight? Well, considering that each of the chicken tenders would be about the size of playing cards, each of the chicken tenderloins would be between 100 and 110 calories.

How Many Pieces is 4 Oz of Chicken?

Of course, what you want to know is – how many chicken tenderloins is 4 oz. This is because the recommended serving size for chicken tenderloins is 4 ounces of chicken.

We can calculate how many chicken tenderloins in 4 ounces of chicken, based on the above calculations.

Considering that the average weight of each of the chicken tenders is 2 ounces, then it would stand to reason that there are 2 chicken tenders in 4 ounces of chicken.

This does depend on the total weight of each chicken tender, though. In case each of the chicken tenders weigh 4 oz, though, then there will be just one chicken tenderloin.

Dinner Platter of Breaded Fried Chicken Tenderloins

Can You Accurately Determine the Weight of Chicken Tenders?

So, what if you want a more accurate estimate of how many chicken tenderloins is 4 oz. Is it possible to get one?

For instance, what if your guess is based on the weight of the chicken breasts?

On average, a chicken breast can weigh around 6 ounces. However, once again, it can be difficult to predict how many ounces of meat there can be in each portion. In reality, a chicken breast can weigh anywhere from 4 ounces to 10 ounces.

And, how many calories are in this portion? There can be between 130 and 224 calories per portion.

To add to this, the tenderloin can be anywhere from 1/5th to 1/2 of the size of the chicken breast. Due to this, it can be difficult to determine how many ounces of chicken tender there is for each portion.

Therefore, if you want to know how many chicken tenderloins is 4 oz, trying to size up meat by sight or calculations will not always yield the results that you want.

However, you can use calculations to make it easier to purchase chicken tenders at the store.

Since you know that this portion of chicken is likely to be 2 ounces, ask the butcher to place two chicken tenders on the scale. If this amounts to 4 ounces, then you are good.

Otherwise, you can adjust your order according to what the scale tells you!

Understanding Shrinkage

There is something else that I would like to remind you about and that it is the fact that all meat shrinks during the preparation process.

So, even if you dredge the tenders in bread crumbs before deep frying them, the chicken is likely to shrink as it loses moisture. On average, the tenders will reduce about 25 percent in size.

Now, why is this important for you to know? Well, this piece of knowledge ensures that you take shrinkage into consideration when you are buying your tenderloin or even breast.

While the raw meat may be 4 ounces of chicken, the cooked result may be about 3 ounces or even less. Of course, if you are cooking the chicken with a lot of liquid, then the shrinkage will not be as great. Still, it is always best to err on the side of caution.

If you want to guarantee that everyone has enough to eat, then always buy about 2 ounces more of meat per person. This way, each individual will still end up with about 4 ounces of chicken on their plate.

Monaco BBQ Chicken Tenderloins

Wrapping It Up

There you have it – you now know how many chicken tenderloins in 4 ounces! On average, there will be around 2 pieces of tenders for this weight as tenders will weigh around 2 ounces each.

Bear in mind that this is simply an estimate. Tenders can be smaller or larger than anticipated and so, weigh less or more accordingly. Due to this, you should always double check the weight before making your purchase.

Finally, chicken has a tendency to shrink as you cook it. This is something that you should take into consideration when determining how much chicken to buy.

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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