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Old 05-31-2012, 06:38 PM   #1
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How Long to Grill Half Chickens?

I am the head chef at an upcoming outing. The person buying the chicken decided to get 40 half chicken instead of chicken breasts. How long on average does it take to cook half a chicken? I have about a 3' X 5' grill to work with. I want to have plenty of time to get all this chicken cooked.

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Old 05-31-2012, 10:32 PM   #2
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it all depends on grill, not the size of it. and then what do you mean half chickens? Is it a chicken cut in the half long way? Or the other way around? Dark meat cooks longer. Meat on the bone also cooks longer.

Did you say 3 X 5 feet? Where did you get such a monster? It is the size of my dinning room table. Is it gas charcol?
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Old 05-31-2012, 10:37 PM   #3
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I am the head chef at an upcoming outing. The person buying the chicken decided to get 40 half chicken instead of chicken breasts. How long on average does it take to cook half a chicken? I have about a 3' X 5' grill to work with. I want to have plenty of time to get all this chicken cooked.
Half the time it takes to grill a whole chicken

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If you are grilling half chickens, run a knife around the joints of the thigh/leg and also around the joint of the wing\breast. That will help to cook the half more evenly.
On a med. fire look for it to be done in about 20-30 minutes, but check with an instant thermometer.
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Well what about "til it is done?"

You didn't think I would pass that up did you?
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I am the head chef at an upcoming outing. The person buying the chicken decided to get 40 half chicken instead of chicken breasts. How long on average does it take to cook half a chicken? I have about a 3' X 5' grill to work with. I want to have plenty of time to get all this chicken cooked.

Instead of buying 40 boneless chicken breasts to serve 40, he bought 40 half chickens for 40?
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Old 06-01-2012, 03:26 AM   #8
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it all depends on grill, not the size of it. and then what do you mean half chickens? Is it a chicken cut in the half long way? Or the other way around? Dark meat cooks longer. Meat on the bone also cooks longer.

Did you say 3 X 5 feet? Where did you get such a monster? It is the size of my dinning room table. Is it gas charcol?
I believe they are chickens cut in half the long way, and on the bone. Yes, about 3X5 feet, charcoal or I suppose you could use wood too. It's custom built for our campsite.

PF60, not helpful but certainly funny! And that is greatly appreciated!

Caslon, yes that is correct. But we may have more than 40. But the majority of the attendees are boys. It is a Royal Rangers (like Cub Scouts) camping trip. He is getting them from the local farmers market, so I think he may be getting a special deal or something.

I really wish I had a way to get these all in a brine for a few hours, but I think that would take a whole cooler to do 40 half chickens.
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Congrats on helping out the Royal Rangers. I remember who they are from my childhood.
My suggestion is to bring two big aluminium pans to cover them as they cook like a lid. Maybe 3 pans would work better.
I would also go with cutting the white from the dark.
As far as how long to cook them I have no idea unl
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Unless you consider until they are done a idea. I would start 40 minutes out and when done remove from grill and keep pan wrapped in towel to keep it till serving time.

I have been drinking and that's why two posts.
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