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How long can frozen chicken be left out of the freezer before it goes bad?


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Answered 2011-08-06 21:01:15

Two days in the fridge is about it, and after that (even cooked chicken) "when it doubt, throw it out!"

As long as the ckicken has stayed within proper temperature ranges (ie. under 40 degress F) it can last longer. Two days is cutting the food life short. Health department standards would allow for at least 4 days after it is cooked. It is not a static number though, it is upto each restaurant how long they keep it, they just have to be consistant to satisfy the health dept. In fact (in Kansas), frozen raw product that is thawed has no specific shelf life. Once it has been prepared it needs a date and time. The colder you keep the product - above 32 but below 40 - the longer it can last. Most meat drawers in refrigerators are colder than the rest of the space in the fridge so storage in a meat drawer will help. As long as the meat was not already bad, cooking it extends its life for another 3 to 4 days or so.

Keep the meat from sitting in it's own juices (in drip pans) and keep out air and light.


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you should never let it sit out on the counter. Take it out the day before and let sit in the fridge over night

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There's no way that anyone can answer that for you. There are too many variables - mass of the chicken, temperature of the environment, amount and type of microbes on the chicken, packaging, etc. Chicken should be thawed in the refrigerator, not on the counter. If quick-thaw methods are used (water, microwave), the chicken should be cooked right after thawing.

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It will begin to melt within the first 30-40 minutes.

either you eat it then or it goes rotten with in 4hours if frozen

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