Highest-protein meats recommended by dietitians

Chicken breast

Best high-protein meat is chicken breast. Chicken breast has little fat, calories, and protein. Regular chicken breast consumption builds, repairs, and maintains muscle.


Bison is lower in fat than beef but has a superb gamey flavor, making it an excellent choice for GERD sufferers who can't take beef burgers without compromising taste.

Beef liver

Grandma's liver and onion advice shows her intelligence. Beef liver is rich in protein, vitamin A, and B12.

Elk steak

Although lean, delicious, and healthy, elk is sometimes overlooked. It contains the lowest cholesterol and most zinc of beef, turkey, and bison.


Salmon is a healthy powerhouse with 20 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving. Its full protein and heart-healthy omega-3 fatty acids make it unique.


Turkey is a protein powerhouse and Thanksgiving favorite. Turkey is low in fat and abundant in B6, B12, choline, and niacin.

Canned tuna

For easy and healthful protein, canned tuna is a good choice. Canned tuna has 27 grams of protein per 3-ounce serving.


You'll snag a whopping 26 grams of protein in a 4-ounce serving of tinned mackerel—a tasty, filling, and convenient omega-3-rich fish. 

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