How Many Pieces of Chicken You Need for 100 Guests


We all enjoy fun times when we can gather together and celebrate all kinds of events and landmarks. Whether it is with cooking for big groups of people or deciphering how much food to have catered, it can be difficult to determine how much food is needed sometimes. Big batches of protein (such as chicken) can be expensive if you buy too much, so what is the right quantity for large groups?

For 100 people, you need 2-3 chicken breasts or thighs per person, 3-4 legs, or 4-5 wings for fried chicken. If it is smoked, it is 1-2 breasts, 2-3 thighs per person, 3-4 legs, or 8-12 wings. For baked or roasted, it is 1-2 pieces of chicken breasts or thighs per person, 3 legs, or 7 wings.

It can be hard to gauge what specifically to plan for when preparing food for large groups. The following information will help you immensely when you are planning on feeding chicken to a lot of people!

Baked or Roasted

The following tables give a bit of an outline for how much food to plan on. These charts consider the part of the chicken that is being served and how it is being cooked. Keep in mind that there is still a range to consider due to factors such as young children being a part of the group, or having some people with larger or smaller appetites than average.

Here are some amounts of chicken to plan for when the chicken is baked or roasted for a big group:

Number of PeopleNumber of Chicken Breast PiecesNumber of Chicken Wing PiecesNumber of Chicken Thigh PiecesNumber of Chicken Leg PiecesWhole Chicken in Weight
Per Person1-2 Breasts7-10 Wings1-2 Thighs3 Legs1 pound or 1/4 of Bird
25 People25 Medium or 50 Boneless250 Medium or 175 Boneless25 Medium or 50 Boneless75 Legs25 Pounds or 5×10 pound bag
50 People50 Medium or 100 Boneless500 Medium or 350 Boneless50 Medium or 100 Boneless150 Legs50 Pounds or 10×10 pound bag
75 People75 Medium or 150 Boneless750 Medium or 525 Boneless75 Medium or 100 Boneless225 Legs75 Pounds or 15×10 Pound Bag
100 People100 Medium or 200 Boneless1,000 Medium or 700 Boneless100 Medium or 200 Boneless300 Legs100 Pounds or 20×10 Pound Bag
150 People150 Medium or 300 Boneless1,500 Medium or 1,050 Boneless150 Medium or 300 Boneless450 Legs150 Pounds or 30×10 Pound Bag
200 People200 Medium or 400 Boneless2,000 Medium or 1,400 Boneless200 Medium or 400 Boneless600 Legs200 Pounds or 40×10 Pound Bag
Prepare Time30 Minutes30 Minutes30 Minutes30 Minutes45 Minutes
Cook Time-35 minutes on average, totaling 6 hours
*rotate at 20 minutes
-45 minutes on average, totaling 6 to 7 hours -35 minutes on average, totaling 5 to 6 hours
*rotate at 20 minutes
-35 minutes on average, totaling 3 hours
*rotate at 20 minutes
-5 to 6 Hours
*3 hours for 8 pound chicken
Total Time-Around 6 hours and 30 minutes
*add 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating
-Around 7 to 8 hours
*add 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating
-Around 6 to 7 hours
*add 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating
-Around 3.5 to 4 hours
*add 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating
-Around 6 to 7 hours
*add 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating

Fried

Here are some amounts of chicken when it is fried for a big group:

Number of PeopleNumber of Chicken Breast PiecesNumber of Chicken Wing PiecesNumber of Chicken Thigh PiecesNumber of Chicken Leg PiecesWhole Chicken in Weight
Per Person2 to 3 Pieces4 to 5 Pieces2 to 3 Pieces3 to 4 Pieces0.75 to 1 Pound
25 People50 to 75 Pieces100 to 125 Pieces50 to 75 Pieces75 to 100 Pieces19 to 25 Pounds
50 People100 to 150 Pieces200 to 250 Pieces100 to 150 Pieces150 to 200 Pieces37 to 50 Pounds
75 People150 to 225 Pieces300 to 375 Pieces150 to 225 Pieces225 to 300 Pieces58 to 75 Pounds
100 People200 to 300 Pieces400 to 500 Pieces200 to 300 Pieces300 to 400 Pieces75 to 100 Pounds
150 People300 to 450 Pieces600 to 750 Pieces300 to 450 Pieces450 to 600 Pieces115 to 150 Pounds
200 People400 to 600 Pieces800 to 1,000 Pieces400 to 600 Pieces600 to 800 Pieces150 to 200 Pounds
Prepare Time1 Hour1 Hour1 Hour1 Hour1 Hour
Cook TimeRoughly 15 minutes
*15 minutes with flipping over in the middle when air fried
3 to 5 Minutes
*12 minutes with flipping over in the middle when air fried
12 to 15 minutes
*18 minutes with flipping over in the middle when air fried
12 to 15 Minutes
*10 minutes with flipping over in the middle when air fried
-3.5 minutes per pound totaling 5 hours
*30 minutes in the air fryer per chicken, flip at the 15 minute mark
Total Time-4 hours when fried normally
*add an additional 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating
-5 hours when fried normally
*add an additional 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating
-3 and a half hours when fried normally
*add an additional 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating
-4 hours when fried normally
*add an additional 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating
-1 and a half hours when air fried
*add an additional 2 to 5 hours when accounting for the time the chicken spends marinating

Grilled

Here are some amounts of chicken when it is grilled for a big group:

Number of PeopleNumber of Chicken Breast PiecesNumber of Chicken Wing PiecesNumber of Chicken Thigh PiecesNumber of Chicken Leg PiecesWhole Chicken in Weight
Per Person2 to 3 Pieces4 to 5 Pieces2 to 3 Pieces3-4 pieces0.75 to 1 Pound
25 People50 to 75 Pieces100 to 125 Pieces50 to 75 Pieces75 to 100 Pieces19 to 25 Pounds
50 People100 to 150 Pieces200 to 250 Pieces100 to 150 Pieces150 to 200 Pieces37 to 50 Pounds
75 People150 to 225 Pieces300 to 375 Pieces150 to 225 Pieces225 to 300 Pieces57 to 75 Pounds
100 People200 to 300 Pieces400 to 500 Pieces200 to 300 Pieces300 to 400 Pieces75 to 100 Pounds
150 People300 to 450 Pieces600 to 750 Pieces300 to 450 Pieces450 to 600 Pieces115 to 150 Pounds
200 People400 to 600 Pieces800 to 1,000 Pieces400 to 600 Pieces600 to 800 Pieces150 to 200 Pounds
Prepare Time30 Minutes30 Minutes30 Minutes30 Minutes1 Hour
Cook Time-6 hours to grill
-boneless, skinless breast takes 9 to 12 minutes per side on the grill
-breasts with bones in them take 14 to 17 minutes on the grill
*flip every few minutes
-6 hours to grill
-a wing takes 8 to 10 minutes per side on the grill
*flip every few minutes
-5 hours to grill
-a boneless, skinless thigh takes 5-8 minutes per side on the grill
-a thigh with the bone takes 7-10 per side on the grill
*flip every few minutes
-4 hours to grill
-a leg takes 15-18 minutes per side on the grill
*flip every few minutes
-6 to 7 Hours to Grill
-8-pound chicken is 1.5 to 2.25 hours rotated
Total TimeAround 7 HoursAround 7 HoursAround 6 HoursAround 5 Hours7 to 8 Hours Varying Greatly

Smoked

Here are some amounts of chicken when it is smoked for a big group:

Number of PeopleNumber of Chicken Breast PiecesNumber of Chicken Wing PiecesNumber of Chicken Thigh PiecesNumber of Chicken Leg PiecesWhole Chicken in Weight
Per Person1 or 2 Pieces8 to 12 Pieces2 or 3 Pieces3 or 4 Pieces1/3 to 1/2 Pound
25 People25 to 50 Pieces250 Pieces50 to 75 Pieces75 to 100 Pieces9 to 13 Pounds
50 People50 to 100 Pieces500 Pieces100 to 150 Pieces150 to 200 Pieces18 to 25 Pounds
75 People75 to 150 Pieces750 Pieces150 to 225 Pieces225 to 300 Pieces25 to 38 Pounds
100 People100 to 200 Pieces1,000 Pieces200 to 300 Pieces300 to 400 Pieces34 to 50 Pounds
150 People150 to 300 Pieces1,500 Pieces300 to 450 Pieces450 to 600 Pieces50 to 75 Pounds
200 People200 to 400 Pieces2,000 Pieces400 to 600 Pieces600 to 800 Pieces67 to 100 Pounds
Prepare Time30 Minutes30 Minutes30 Minutes30 Minutes1 Hour
Cook TimeIt is 1 hour on average, so it totals to around 4 to 5 hours to smokeIt averages about 90 minutes, so it totals to around 10 to 12 hours to smokeIt averages about 45 to 75 minutes, so it totals to around 4 to 5 hours to smokeIt averages about 90 minutes, so it totals to around 7 to 8 hours to smokeIt averages 2.5 to 3 hours for a 3-pound chicken, which totals to around 8 hours to smoke
Total TimeAround 4.5 to 5.5 hoursAround 10.5 to 12.5 hoursAround 4.5 to 5.5 hoursAround 7.5 to 8.5 hoursAround 9 hours

As an Appetizer

Here are some amounts of chicken when it is used as an appetizer for a big group:

Number of PeopleNumber of Chicken Breast PiecesNumber of Chicken Wing PiecesNumber of Chicken Thigh PiecesNumber of Chicken Leg PiecesWhole Chicken in Weight
Per Person1 Breast3 Wings2 Thighs2 Legs5.5 Ounces
25 People25 Pieces150 Medium or 75 Boneless50 Pieces50 Pieces15 Pounds or a 3×10 Pound Bag
50 People75 Pieces300 Medium or 150 Boneless100 Pieces100 Pieces30 Pounds or a 6×10 Pound Bag
75 People75 Pieces450 Medium or 225 Boneless150 Pieces150 Pieces45 Pounds or a 9×10 Pound Bag
100 People100 Pieces600 Medium or 300 Boneless200 Pieces200 Pieces60 Pounds or a 12×10 Pound Bag
150 People150 Pieces900 Medium or 450 Boneless300 Pieces300 Pieces9 Pounds or an 18×10 Pound Bag
200 People200 Pieces1,200 Medium or 600 Boneless400 Pieces400 Pieces12 Pounds or a 24×10 Pound Bag
Prepare Time30 Minutes30 Minutes30 Minutes30 Minutes45 Minutes

Cooking Times

Cook time for chicken breast:

  • To normally fry a chicken breast, it takes an average of 15 minutes. To fry for 100 people would take a total of 3.5 hours.
  • To bake a chicken breast takes an average of 35 minutes per piece- a total of 3 or 4 hours for 100 people.
  • To grill a boneless chicken breast takes about 9 to 12 minutes per side- totaling 4 to 5 hours for 100 people.
  • To grill a bone-in chicken breast takes about 14 to 17 minutes per side- totaling 6 to 7 hours for 100 people.
  • To roast a skinless, boneless chicken breast takes about 35-45 minutes. To roast for 100 people would take about 3 hours.
  • To roast a bone-in breast takes about 40 to 50 minutes. To roast for 100 people would take a total of 4 hours.
  • Broiling chicken breasts takes an average of 20 minutes- totaling 3 to 4 hours depending on bone-in or boneless.
  • Smoking chicken breasts takes about an hour- totaling to 4 hours for 100 people.

Cook time for chicken wings:

  • To fry a chicken wing, it takes an average of 3 to 5 minutes. To fry for 100 people would take a total of 2 hours.
  • To air-fry a chicken wing takes an average of 12 minutes per piece- a total of 3 to 4 hours for 100 people.
  • To bake a chicken wing takes about 45 minutes per piece- totaling 5 to 6 hours for 100 people.
  • To grill a chicken wing takes 8 to 10 minutes per side- totaling 4 hours for 100 people.
  • To roast a chicken wing takes an average of 25 minutes. To roast for 100 people would take 4 to 5 hours.
  • Broiling chicken wings takes 20 minutes- totaling 3 to 4 hours for 100 people.
  • Smoking chicken wings takes an average of 90 minutes. To smoke chicken for 100 people would take 10 to 12 hours.

Cook time for chicken thighs:

  • Frying chicken thighs takes an average of 12 to 15 minutes- 4 hours total to feed 100 people.
  • Air-frying chicken thighs takes 18 minutes per piece. To feed 100 people would take 5 to 6 hours.
  • Baking or roasting chicken thighs takes 35 minutes per piece, so it will take about 3 hours for 100 people.
  • Grilling a skinless, bone-in thigh takes 35-45 minutes- totaling 3 to 4 hours
  • Grilling a skinless, boneless thigh takes 20-30 minutes- totaling 3 hours
  • Smoking chicken thighs takes 45 to 75 minutes. To feed 100 people would take 2 to 3 hours.

Cook time for chicken legs:

  • Frying chicken legs takes 12 to 15 minutes, totaling 2 to 3 hours when frying for 100 people.
  • Air-frying chicken legs takes 10 minutes per piece, totaling 3 hours for 100 people.
  • Baking chicken legs takes 35 minutes per piece- about 2 hours total for 100 people.
  • Grilling a chicken leg takes 15 to 18 minutes per side. To grill enough legs for 100 people would take around 3 hours.
  • Roasting chicken legs takes an average of 45 minutes, totaling 3 to 4 hours for 100 people.
  • Broiling chicken legs takes about 15 to 18 minutes, totaling 3 hours for 100 people,
  • Smoking chicken legs takes the longest, at 90 minutes. To feed 100 people would take 3 to 4 hours.

Cook time for whole chicken:

  • Frying a whole chicken takes around 40 to 45 minutes
  • Air-frying a whole chicken takes around 1 hour
  • Unless all of the chickens can be baked or roasted at once, it will take around 3 hours to bake and more or less based on group size
  • Grilling or roasting a whole chicken takes 3 hours
  • Smoking a whole chicken takes 4 hours
  • Broiling a whole chicken takes 3 hours

Each of these different types of cooking and different parts of the chicken will have different cooking times depending on cooking capacity and more or less based on group size. The more ovens, stoves, and grills you have to work with, the less time it will take to prepare enough chicken to feed 100 people. However, if you only have one air-fryer, then it might take longer.

Now that you know all of the different times it takes to prepare chicken for the masses, you can have the ultimate get-together that you’ve been planning.

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