SAFELY DEFROST CHICKEN
Three safe ways to defrost chicken are:
- in the refrigerator
- in cold water
- in the microwave
defrost chicken on the counter or in other locations. The safest way is to thaw
slowly in the refrigerator. Boneless chicken breast will usually defrost overnight
while whole chickens and bone in parts take 1 to 2 days. Once the raw chicken defrosts,
it can be kept in the refrigerator an additional 1 to 2 days before cooking. This way
, if the defrosted chicken is not used, it can safely be returned to the freezer for later use.
Chicken can be defrosted in cold water in its airtight packaging or in a leak-proof bag.
Change the water every 30 mins to ensure it stays cold. A whole chicken usually takes 2
to 3 hours to defrost this way while boneless breasts will defrost in an hour or less.
Chicken defrosted this way should be cooked before refreezing.
Chicken defrosted by microwave should be cooked immediately after thawing as parts of the
chicken becomes warm during the thawing process.