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Party quantities on chicken question

Cooking spatch chicken Saturday, I am feeding 16 adults we will have sides and what not, how many lbs if chicken do you think I need? Planning on two chickens I have a third I can thaw


  • SkiddymarkerSkiddymarker Posts: 7,276
    edited April 2013
    Unless they are Frankenbirds, you will need all three. 
    Wings don't really count, so consider four pieces of breast (each side divided in two) and four pieces of dark meat, 2 legs and 2 thighs for a total of 8 pieces per bird. If light eaters, that's really only one small piece for each adult, I'd go with three birds or because they are spatched at least 2 1/2 birds. 
    Delta B.C. - Vee-Gan: old Indian word for poor hunter. 
  • I agree with Skiddy... you'l probably need all 3 birds. A piece or two left over will make a good lunch for you to take to work on Monday.
    Well, "spa-Peggy" is kind of like spaghetti. I'm not sure what Peggy does different, if anything. But it's the one dish she's kind of made her own.
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  • CowdogsCowdogs Posts: 488
    edited April 2013
    4 birds with the way my friends eat.  But for normal people 3 birds should work.   
  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,651
    Like Cowdogs, 4 minimum. That's a quarter per person, but I would cut to into eights to serve. I eat a half (4) and my wife one (one being half of a half breast). Better yet cut the breasts in half as well. Let them serve themselves.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • dpittarddpittard Posts: 126
    I usually consider the leg/thigh as once piece.  My local Sam's club has the dual-pack chickens for a buck and some a pound, and those are around 5 pounds per bird, so about 10 pounds total.  So cook 4 and if you have leftovers, you'll at least have a good lunch or two!

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    Athens, Ga.
  • Charlie tunaCharlie tuna Posts: 2,191
    From what i have learnt, my spatchcocked chickens feed basically four adults, so 16 people are going to need 4 chickens -- you will have some left over, but this way the "white meat-dark meat" issue is solved!  Plus, nothing wrong with a few pieces of chicken for a snack! :D
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,574
    Are they roasters or fryers?


    Caledon, ON


  • fletcherfamfletcherfam Posts: 880
    @LittleSteven, no idea, they weigh probably about 4-5 lbs each.
  • Little StevenLittle Steven Posts: 27,574
    That would be a large fryer or a small roaster. Do you not use these names in the US?


    Caledon, ON


  • MickeyMickey Posts: 16,651
    edited April 2013
    Little Steven  I buy smaller fryers. Like the 3.5 to 4.0 lbs best. Would rather cook extra bird and stay with this size if more needed.
    Salado TX Egg Family: 2 Large and a very well used Mini, just added a Mini Max (I'm good for now). 

  • 3 birds and a 1/2 dozen leg quarters and have leftovers then everyone is happy, we have some big eaters around here
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  • fletcherfamfletcherfam Posts: 880
    @LittleSteven, I personally don't use the terms that often. Other people probably do.
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