Should You Try Fully-Cooked Chicken or Turkey Strips?

What’s not to like about fully cooked chicken or turkey breast strips, slices, and cubes?

A 3 oz. serving is low in calories (roughly 100) and saturated fat (1 gram or less). They’re convenient (eat them right out of the bag or after a brief stop in the microwave). And they’re versatile (toss some into a salad, stir-fry, or sandwich).


The problem—no surprise here—is salt. A 3 oz. serving of strips from Hormel, Perdue, or most Tyson varieties is packed with 400 to 600 milligrams of sodium. Butterball Everyday chicken or turkey breast strips hit around 750 mg (half a day’s limit for most adults).

If Trader Joe’s Just Chicken, which has no added salt, doesn’t do it for you, try our favorite strips: Nature’s Rancher. This succulent recommendation (with just 180 mg of sodium) is sold at Whole Foods. If you can’t find it, any of our Honorable Mentions would please your palate…and dispatch 15 to 25 grams of protein to your muscles. doesn’t accept any paid advertising or corporate or government funding. Any products recommended by have been vetted by our staff of nutritionists and are not advertisements by the manufacturers.

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3 Replies to “Should You Try Fully-Cooked Chicken or Turkey Strips?”

  1. I am concerned that you make no mention that most cooked chicken, and some other meats, are now supplied from China. The Wall Streeet Journal reported that the processing in China passed in Washington the Friday before Labor Day last year. There is little or no supervision from non-Chinese sources, and the Minister in China publicly stated that sadly, China could not sustain international standards for foodstuffs. I’d say that salt content pales in comparison to other possible contaminants.

  2. Oh, and I forgot to mention that a loophole in the law permits importers not to mention China, in that the raw ingredients would be supplied by the US or US providers.

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