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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This pizza topped with chicken and barbecue sauce is a tasty departure from the traditional tomato-sauce-and-cheese-topped pie. To start, make the pizza dough. While it’s rising, put together the easy sauce. Then stretch out the dough; top it with the sauce, smoked Gouda cheese, mozzarella cheese, shredded chicken, and slices of red onion; and bake until the crust is browned and crisp. Wash it all down with a refreshing beer cocktail.
Game plan: The dough can be made through step 4 and left to rise in the refrigerator overnight. When you’re ready to make the pizza, remove the dough from the refrigerator and let it sit at room temperature in the covered bowl while the oven is heating, at least 30 minutes. Then proceed with shaping the dough and topping it.
The sauce can be made ahead and refrigerated in a container with a tightfitting lid for up to 4 days.