ANN/THE KOREA HERALD – One whole Korean-style fried chicken contains far more calories than the daily intake recommended by the World Health Organization, industry data showed.
According to a survey of 24 products from the top 10 fried chicken franchises in Korea conducted by the Korea Consumer Agency (KCA), the calorie content of one whole fried chicken ranged from 1,554 to 3,103 kilocalories (kcals). The daily recommended calorie intake is 2,000kcals for women and 2,500 for men. The chicken with the highest calorie count was Shocking Hot Sauce Chicken from NeNe Chicken, 3,103kcals, while Pepper Crispy Chicken from Goobne Chicken had the lowest amount, 1,554kcals.
The survey also looked at the difference in sodium content. The saltiest chicken was NeNe Chicken’s Soy Garlic Chicken, containing 513 milligrammes of sodium per 100 grammes. Kyochon’s Kyochon Original Chicken had the lowest sodium levels with 257 milligrammes.
Among the surveyed products, NeNe Chicken’s Shocking Hot Sauce Chicken boasted the heaviest weight of 1,234 grammes, while Kyochon’s Kyochon Original Chicken had the lowest weight with 625 grammes.
Even if chicken franchises used raw chickens of the same size, the product’s size and weight may differ depending on various factors, such as how thick a crispy batter is, the amount of seasoning, and length of cooking time, the KCA explained.