what SIZE roasting chicken SHOULD I cook for 12 People ?
SHOULD ( per dictionary )
1) used to indicate OBLIGATION , DUTY , or correctness , typically when CRITICIZING someones actions
2) used to indicate what is PROBABLE
according to the Chicken industry STANDARDS Chickens are classified in to BROILERS FRYERS and ROASTERS interchangeably based on HOW MUCH , meat you NEED
BROILERS are chickens 6 to 8 week old and weigh about 2 1/2 LBS
FRYERS are chickens 6 to 8 weeks old and weigh 2 1/2 to 3 1/2 LBS
ROASTERS chickens 8 MONTHS old and weigh 3 1/2 to 5 LBS.or more..
a Chicken CARCASS on average weighs about 17 -18 ounces
on the STANDARD a Roasting chicken weighs 3 1/2 to 5 LBS ( 80 OZ ) or more it is ones CHOICE to what SIZE in that spectrum one purchases ... if one Chooses a SIZE of 5 LBS
the math is as follows
80 oz - 18 oz = 62 oz
62 oz divided by 12 = 5.16 oz .
so cooking a ROASTING Chicken SIZE of 5 lbs
SHOULD ( PROBABLY ) yeild a serving SIZE of 5.16 OZ to each person
the USDA recommends a healthy Male to consume 6.5 ounces of PROTEIN rich food daily and a WOMEN 5.5 ounces .... many people consume 2 3 or 4 MEALS per day and could get additional protein from a earlier meal or side dishes ( dairy nuts lentils beans )
Chicken SIZING per the Chicken industry ( KITCHIN web page ) CARCASS Size BUTCHER info and Animal Bone processors ( pet industry ) MATH DICTIONARY USDA PROTEIN rich food recommendations