How Many Chicken Wings Are in a Tray?

How many chicken wings are in a tray? At Chicken Coop, there are two tray sizes: The Half Tray and the Full Tray. The Half Tray includes 40 wings, and the Full Tray has 80 Wings. Determining how many wings you need might be better to ask when planning any gathering.

How Many Trays of Chicken Wings Do You Need?

Determining how many wings you need for any function can be challenging. The average adult will consume several wings. If the wings are the main dish, you’ll need many more than if they are served with other types of meats. Unfortunately, there isn’t a set formula for predicting necessary quantities.

We have some pointers on how caterers figure out what quantities they should prepare for specific occasions.

Some of the questions to help determine how many wings you’ll need to but include:

What type of function is it?
How many people are expected?
Will there be other types of meats available?
What other food or snacks will there be?
Will guests be drinking alcoholic beverages?
What style of wings will be served (boneless, bone-in, mild, super hot, Buffalo, etc.)?

 

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The answers to the above questions will help you determine how many trays of wings you need. Knowing how many chicken wings are in a tray will ensure you have enough wings for your gathering.

Determine How Many Guests You Expect

The first step, of course, is to determine how many people you are expecting. For large groups with only a few additional snacks or side dishes, plan on ten wings per person. A Half Tray of bone-in wings from Chicken Coop would feed four people using this guide. The Full Tray would feed around eight people.

Plan approximately six wings per guest if the wings are served as an appetizer before an additional meal. Guests may eat more, but many will hold space for the main course.

Boneless wings have more meat than bone-in wings, meaning that people will consume fewer individual pieces. If serving boneless wings, a typical serving size is around seven wings as a stand-alone choice. When served with different side dishes or as an appetizer, plan for about three boneless wings per person.

The one caution is that you should always err on the heavy side. In other words, if you expect four guests, plan food for six to eight. Adding extra portions accounts for what you expect guests to eat and provides extra servings for surprise drop-in guests or unexpected plus-one guests. Remember that you can always reheat leftovers or send care packages home with your guests.

If you are preparing your wings from scratch, plan approximately one pound of bone-in raw chicken for each guest. Fewer boneless wings would be necessary. Wings can be a lot of work, from prep to the final edible state. Many people select prepared, pre-packaged frozen wings that require heating.

What Type of Function or Party Is It?

Whether your function is a family reunion, friendly BBQ, or sport viewing party might not seem like an essential factor, but it is. If your event is an inside event or an outdoor BBQ-style gathering also plays a role in determining your final count. Fresh air seems to enhance appetites, while people tend to be more reserved at indoor venues.

Guys drinking beer at a tailgate party can inhale wings before or after a football game. Aunt Susie at the family picnic might only eat three tiny wings as she moves around catching up with relatives. Kids are unpredictable because one kid might down 30 wings while another is full after two. A PTA potluck event will offer many different dishes, so fewer wings will be necessary.

Will Other Types of Meat Be Served?

Chicken wings are an excellent appetizer or a main course. If you are serving no other meats and wings are the main course, more will be necessary to satisfy the crowd.

When serving other types of meat, wings become an appetizer when determining the necessary quantities. Different types of meats that pair well with chicken wings include:

Pulled pork
End brisket pulled, smoked, and even burnt
BBQ spare ribs
Chicken — fried, BBQ, or grilled

Whether you are serving wings as a side, appetizer, or the main course, they are sure to be a hit with your guests.

Wait — How Many Types of Wings are There?

There are hundreds of different ways to serve wings. Mild, spicy, sweet, tangy, and on fire are just a few of the available options. At Chicken Coop, your first option is Traditional, Boneless, or Fried Cauliflower. Yes, there is even a vegetarian option for those who love the wing flavor but limit intake of animal products!

Once you decide on the chicken wing style (boneless, bone-in, or cauliflower), you may choose No Heat, Dry Rubs, or HEAT. The degree of spice varies with each selection. Some options include both a dry rub and a sauce for added heat.

No heat options include Teriyaki, Garlic Parmesan, Honey Mustard, and other flavor options on the mild side. These are the safe options for potlucks, picnics, and events where you aren’t sure of guests’ preferences.

Dry rubs add additional flavors such as Jerk, Cajun, Old Bay, and Lemon Pepper. They vary in “heat” intensity from OUCH to mild and lemony.

Heat options include Spicy Garlic, Ninja, Volcano, Hulk, and Dragon. The Dragon option is available as regular Dragon, Red Dragon, and Green Dragon, each offering a different level of heat.

Placing Your Order Is Easy at Chicken Coop

Knowing how many chicken wings are in a tray will help you plan whether you get mild or fiery hot chicken wings. Don’t forget to plan for sides, dips, and sauces. And don’t forget the wet wipes!

Chicken Coop has all you need to serve your guests with a wide variety of flavor sensations. Order wings in single servings or larger sizes to satisfy everyone. Customers can place orders online through GrubHub, or you can call us directly at (914) 274-8444.