In fact, Guilt-free eating page on CNN Health says that you can enjoy a skin-on chicken breast without blowing your sat-fat budget.
The long-standing command to strip poultry of its skin before eating doesn’t hold up under a nutritional microscope. A 12-ounce bone-in, skin-on chicken breast half contains just 2.5 grams of saturated fat and 50 calories more than its similarly portioned skinless counterpart.
You can splurge with skin-on chicken skin from time to time.
A chicken breast will always be lean — skinned or not. What’s more, 55 percent of the fat in the chicken skin is monounsaturated — the heart-healthy kind you want more of, says Amy Myrdal Miller, program director for Strategic Initiatives at The Culinary Institute of America at Greystone.
I wrote up Calories in Chicken Skin on April 13 and I think you should avoid it to reduce calories and fat intake. However, if you want to ‘splurge from time to time’ as CNN suggests, and you are under your caloric budget for the day, go for it. The CNN suggestion actually fits what I wrote about Smart Snacking.
At least you are accepting responsibility for your actions.