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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Next: How to Thaw Chicken
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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Chicken pot pies are the homiest and most comforting of lunch or supper entrées. Here, we’ve combined plump pieces of juicy poached chicken with cremini mushrooms, leeks, carrots, and peas, and baked them under a flaky, buttery pastry lid. Serve with something simple and tangy, like this Butter Lettuce and Pumpkin Seed Salad.
Game plan: You can make the dough and refrigerate it for up to 1 day, or store it in the freezer for up to a month (transfer it to the fridge for thawing the day before you plan to make the pot pies).
Chicken and mushroom make a great pairing—try also our chicken mushroom pasta recipe. For more pot pie inspiration, check out our turkey pot pie recipe or tomato pie recipe.