Just over half of chicken-54%-reaches consumers through grocery stores. Restaurants and other food service outlets account for 46%.
The National Chicken Council.
Like all fresh meats,
chicken is perishable and should be handled with care. Proper handling and
cooking of chicken completely eliminates the risk of bacterial infection.
Refrigerate raw chicken promptly. Never leave it on countertop at room
Freeze uncooked chicken if it is not to be used within 2 days.
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.
properly packaged, frozen chicken will maintain top quality in a home freezer
for up to 1 year.
quick thawing of raw or cooked chicken use the microwave. Thawing time will
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.
shopping, buy groceries last. Never leave chicken in a hot car. Refrigerate
immediately on reaching home.
Chicken may be safely thawed in cold water. Place chicken in its original wrap
or water-tight plastic bag in cold water. Change water often. It takes about 2
hours to thaw a whole chicken.
Packaged fresh chicken may be refrigerated in original wrappings in the coldest
part of the refrigerator.
chicken is stuffed, remove stuffing to a separate container before
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. .
check visually for doneness, pierce chicken with fork; juices should run clear
- not pink - when fork is inserted with ease.
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
Cooked, cut-up chicken is at its best refrigerated for no longer than 2 days
- whole cooked chicken, an additional day.
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leftovers are to be reheated, cover to retain moisture and to ensure that
chicken is heated all the way through. Bring gravies to a rolling boil before
you're transporting cooked chicken, put it in an insulated container or ice
chest until ready to eat. Keep below 40°F or above