Raw or cooked chicken can be stored in a refrigerator for a few days, though it’s important to prevent raw chicken juices from leaking and contaminating other foods. Ensure that chicken remains in its original packaging (which should be vacuum-sealed or tightly-wrapped) until it is ready to be cooked.
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While freezing will make your chicken less tender and juicy, it is the perfect way to store the family-sized pack you bought at Costco last weekend. Remove the chicken from its original packaging and rewrap it tightly using aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper. Double wrap if you are planning to store the chicken for more than two months. Ground chicken can last up to three months in the freezer, while chicken pieces can last up to nine.
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You should never thaw chicken at room temperature, as it is highly susceptible to bacteria growth. Frozen chicken should either be thawed in the microwave, in the refrigerator, or in cold water (which should be changed every 30 minutes).
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The hearty Alsatian casserole called Baeckeoffe (“bake oven”) is made a bit more elegant by Michelin three-star chef Antoine Westermann, who combines a whole chicken with Riesling, potatoes, artichokes, tomatoes, fragrant herbs like rosemary and thyme, and plenty of garlic. Preserved lemon blanched in syrup adds another elegant layer of aromatic flavor. As per tradition, the casserole dish is tightly sealed with a ring of dough, then simmered in the oven until juicy and tender. For a dessert recipe from the chef, see his Caramelized Brioche with Glazed Pears and Beer Ice Cream recipe.