Food & Nutrition

ZeroPoint Cheat Sheet: Chicken and Turkey

Is rotisserie chicken a ZeroPoint food if you take off the skin? We’ve got the answer.

Chicken is one of our members’ top tracked foods and it’s easy to see why—white meat poultry is delicious, satisfying, and has less cholesterol and saturated fat than meats like beef, pork, and lamb.

But what about something like deli meat? Is that a ZeroPoint™ food? Our nutrition team has the answer. 

When is chicken a ZeroPoint food and when is it not?

The following ARE ZeroPoint foods on Blue and Purple: 

  • Chicken breast, skinless, boneless, whole, ground or deli-sliced, raw, cooked, or smoked in 0 SmartPoints®-value sauces or spices

  • Ground chicken or turkey must be labeled “breast” or “extra lean” or at least 98% fat free/2% fat

  • Deli meat should be specifically skinless chicken or turkey breast

  • If the product contains less than 2% of non-zero Points ingredients (sugar, oil, food starch), it is still considered a ZeroPoint food.

The following are NOT ZeroPoint foods...

  • Processed, unspecified products such as “deli turkey” which often contain sugar or dark meat—ingredients that are not ZeroPoint foods.

  • Pre-marinated chicken or turkey breasts.

  • All other cuts of chicken or turkey meat.

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Why are other lean meats (like beef) not on the ZeroPoint list?

Red meat provides essential nutrients like iron, zinc and vitamin B12, however some cuts of red meat are higher in saturated fat and are more likely to be overconsumed than skinless chicken and turkey breast. Red meat can still be enjoyed as part of a healthy eating plan and can be tracked as part of your SmartPoints Budget.

If I remove the skin from rotisserie chicken breast, is it a ZeroPoint food?

Yes, as long as you're eating the breast meat. 

Do chicken tenderloins and thigh meat have a SmartPoints value?

Chicken tenderloins are a ZeroPoint food as they are the leanest part of the chicken breast. Chicken thighs will have SmartPoints as this cut contains a higher amount of fat than the tenderloin or breast. But that doesn't mean you shouldn't eat them! They can be enjoyed with SmartPoints Budget.

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If chicken or turkey breast is used to make jerky, is it a ZeroPoint food?

Afraid not. Jerky is a dried form of meat and has higher calories per ounce, so it won’t be a ZeroPoint food. It’s also more of a snack food, so it’s easier to overeat. That’s why we ask you to track it.

How will I know if my chicken or turkey is actually skinless breast or another part of the bird?

Turkey and chicken breast is white meat, so if you’re eating a product that is visibly white meat compared to darker meat and is skinless, it will be a ZeroPoint food. The SmartPoints values in  My Day will be the most up-to-date. If values are not what you expected, it’s likely that food is not actually a ZeroPoint food. 

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If I use the barcode scanner on a packaged meal, like an egg and turkey bacon breakfast sandwich, will it remove the ZeroPoint ingredients?

If the packaged food is in our database, the SmartPoints value shown will have the ZeroPoint ingredients removed, assuming they are actually 0. (For example, deli turkey is not a ZeroPoint food.)