How many carbs and calories are in a chicken samosa?
All-time favorite samosas filled with a mixture of spiced chicken, vegetables, and herbs are versatile and delicious to enjoy. While they offer few health benefits, they can also be high in calories, fat, and sodium. It is important to understand their nutritional value.
Chicken is a lean source of protein; it provides the body with the amino acids which help build and repair muscle tissue. The vegetables in the filling provide vitamins and minerals that are essential for good health.
The spices used in samosas, such as turmeric, have anti-inflammatory properties that may help reduce the risk of chronic diseases.
Do you know the nutritional breakdown of chicken samosa?
A deep oil-fried samosa can contain anywhere from 150 to 250 calories.
A single serving contains 8-20 grams of saturated fat because of oil and the filling is usually made with chicken thighs or legs, which are higher in fat ).
Depending on size and serving, a single samosa contains anywhere from 200 to 500 milligrams of sodium (which can contribute to high blood pressure).
The pastry made from all-purpose flour contains 15-20 grams of carbohydrates and a filling contains 5-10 grams of protein.
How to make a healthy chicken samosa?
While it contains some vegetables, the refining, and deep frying process used to make the pastry shell destroys many of the nutrients from it. Opt for more healthier options like baked or air-fried samosas instead of deep frying to reduce the number of fats and calories.
Try homemade samosas using whole wheat flour which will increase the fiber content and make the samosas more filling. Use leaner cuts of chicken such as chicken breast to reduce the overall fat content of the samosa. Add high nutrients to vegetables like peas, spinach, carrots, or bell pepper. Use less salt and be mindful of portion sizes.
Reviewed by Certified Dietitian