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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My mother made a version of this while I was growing up—though it was a mishmash of packaged Success rice mix and frozen boneless, skinless chicken breasts from Sam’s Club, “baked” in the microwave. There’s a part of me that shudders when I think of it, but the combination of flavors and textures is pure comfort, so I decided to give it a makeover.
What to buy: Dried porcini mushrooms and Arborio rice can be found in gourmet markets and higher-end grocery stores. If you can’t find Arborio, any white rice will do.
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