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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A takeout favorite is always better when you make it at home. Actually, this is an adaptation of the Thai national dish (for a more traditional version, check out our Pad Thai recipe): Strips of boneless, skinless chicken breast mingle in the wok with rehydrated rice noodles, a slightly spicy peanut sauce, and an inspired shortcut—a handful of frozen stir-fry veggies (we like this organic Chinese-Style Stir-Fry Blend from Cascadian Farm). An added bonus: It has all the elements of a one-dish meal.
For more, check out our Tofu and Broccolini Pad See Ew, Pad Kee Mao, and Seared Steak with Spicy Rice Noodles.