Chicken Hints & Tips
Refrigerate raw chicken promptly. Never leave it on countertop at room temperature.
Packaged fresh chicken may be refrigerated in original wrappings in the coldest part of the refrigerator.
Freeze uncooked chicken if it is not to be used within 2 days.
Thaw chicken in the refrigerator — not on the countertop — or in cold water. It takes about 24 hours to thaw a 4-pound chicken in the refrigerator. Cut-up parts, 3 to 9 hours.
For quick thawing of raw or cooked chicken use the microwave. Thawing time will vary.
Always wash hands, countertops, cutting boards, knives and other utensils used in preparing raw chicken with soapy water before they come in contact with other raw or cooked foods.
If chicken is stuffed, remove stuffing to a separate container before refrigerating.
When barbecuing chicken outdoors, keep refrigerated until ready to cook. Do not place cooked chicken on same plate used to transport raw chicken to grill.
Always cook chicken well done, not medium or rare. If using a meat thermometer, the internal temperature should reach 180°F for whole chicken, 170°F for bone-in parts and 160°F for boneless parts.
To check visually for doneness, pierce chicken with fork; juices should run clear — not pink — when fork is inserted with ease.
Never leave cooked chicken at room temperature for more than 2 hours. If not eaten immediately, cooked chicken should be kept either hot or refrigerated.
Marinade in which raw chicken has been soaking should never be used on cooked chicken
Cooked chicken is at its best refrigerated for no longer than 2 days
If you're transporting cooked chicken, put it in an insulated container or ice chest until ready to eat. Keep below 40°F or above 140°F.
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