In this article, I’ll show you the average weights of raw and cooked whole chickens, along with charts to help you work out how much chicken meat you can expect to get from a whole cooked chicken.
Including a chicken size guide, recommended portion sizes, and how many people you can serve per chicken size.
How Much Does a Whole Raw Chicken Weigh?
Whole raw chicken weights vary pretty considerably, and they’re usually categorized into various sizes to make it easier for consumers to know what size they’re buying.
In general, whole raw chickens that you buy from stores, supermarkets, and butchers range in size from the smallest at around 1kg (2.2lb) to the largest at about 2.5kg (5.5lb).
A raw average-sized medium chicken weighs around 1.4kg (3.1lb), and a chicken of this size will feed about 4 people.
When cooked, the chicken will reduce in weight due to loss of fluids. I’ll cover how much cooked chickens weigh and how much meat you can expect per chicken later on in this article.
Whole Raw Chicken Size Guide
To keep things simple, I’ve categorized chickens into sizes as they’re generally sold in supermarkets and stores.
The chart below shows average chicken weights in both metric and imperial, from small to extra-large:
|Whole Raw Chicken Size||Weight in kg & lb’s|
|Small||1-1.3kg / 2.2-2.87lb|
|Medium||1.3-1.7kg / 2.87-3.75lb|
|Large||1.7-2kg / 3.75-4.4lb|
|Extra Large||2kg plus / 4.4lb plus|
How Much Does a Whole Cooked Chicken Weigh?
The amount that chicken reduces in weight when it’s cooked, depends on the quality of the chicken and whether it has added water.
Once you know how much weight a whole chicken weighs after cooking, it’s easy to calculate the cooked weight and potential meat yield.
How Much Weight Does a Whole Chicken Lose When Cooked?
Because a whole chicken contains bones and is covered with fatty skin it retains more liquid than skinless and boneless chicken which will dry out more during the cooking process.
As a general rule, a good quality free-range chicken with no added water will reduce in weight by around 25% when it’s cooked.
So to calculate the weight of a cooked whole chicken, you will need to deduct 25% from the original raw weight.
Whole Cooked Chicken Size Guide
The chart below shows how much you can expect a chicken to weigh after cooking for each size category, in both metric and imperial weights.
These figures are based on average amounts and assume that a chicken will reduce weight by around 25% during the cooking process.
|Whole Chicken Size||Raw Weight in kg & lb’s||Cooked Weight in kg & lb’s|
|Small||1-1.3kg / 2.2-2.87lb||750-975g / 1.7-2.1lb|
|Medium||1.3-1.7kg / 2.87-3.75lb||975g -1.3kg / 2.1-2.9lb|
|Large||1.7-2kg / 3.75-4.4lb||1.3-1.5kg / 2.9-3.3lb|
|Extra Large||2kg / 4.4lb plus||1.5kg / 3.3lb plus|
How Much Meat is There on a Whole Chicken?
I’ve done some experiments to determine how much meat you can expect from a whole cooked chicken based on each size category.
This information is based on average weights and assuming that the bone and skin account for around 60% of the overall weight of a whole chicken.
Please note, weights will differ slightly between each chicken depending on the size and other factors such as age.
The chart below shows the average cooked meat yield for each size of whole chicken (including the brown and white meat).
|Whole Chicken Size|
& Raw Weight
|Cooked Weight in kg & lb’s||Average Meat Yield (cooked)|
1-1.3kg / 2.2-2.87lb
|750-975g / 1.7-2.1lb||300-390g|
1.3-1.7kg / 2.87-3.75lb
|975g -1.3kg / 2.1-2.9lb||390-520g|
1.7-2kg / 3.75-4.4lb
|1.3-1.5kg / 2.9-3.3lb||520-600g|
2kg / 4.4lb plus
|1.5kg / 3.3lb plus||600g -800g|
How Much Roast Chicken is in a Serving?
If you’re meal planning or need to know the recommended portion size of roasted chicken meat, here’s the information:
|Portion size||Serving size per person|
For nutrition purposes, the USDA confirms the recommended portion size of chicken as 100g (3.5oz), which is equal to 165 calories (in kcal).
If you’re meal planning for a group of people, it’s a good idea to allow for a larger portion of chicken per person to make sure there’s enough for everyone, especially if they’re a hungry group.
How Many People Can You Serve Per Chicken?
Based on the recommended serving size per person, the chart below shows how many people you can expect to serve from average-sized chickens in each size category.
|Whole Raw Chicken Size||Weight in kg & lb’s||Number of servings (people)|
|Small||1-1.3kg / 2.2-2.87lb||2-3|
|Medium||1.3-1.7kg / 2.87-3.75lb||4-5|
|Large||1.7-2kg / 3.75-4.4lb||5-6|
|Extra Large||2kg plus / 4.4lb plus||6-8|
Please note that meat yields can vary and these figures are based on averages. If you’re feeding a hungry crowd, it’s always a good idea to use the lower number of servings and cook an extra chicken or a larger size to make sure there’s enough to go around.
More Whole Chicken Weight FAQs
A chicken with a raw weight of 3lb (1.36kg) will weigh around 2.2lb (1.02kg) when cooked. You can expect a brown and white meat yield of around 14.4oz (408g) per chicken.
A chicken with a raw weight of 4lb (1.8kg) will weigh around 3lb (1.36kg) when cooked. You can expect a brown and white meat yield of around 1.2lb (544g) per chicken.
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