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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Macaroni and cheese picks up extra protein and an Italian-American twist in this recipe that incorporates the flavors of chicken Parmesan. You start by making a traditional béchamel-based cheese sauce, then stir in chopped or shredded cooked chicken, tomato sauce, and a bit of fresh or dried oregano. Scoop it into muffin tins and bake. Kids love it, and because it’s already in individual portions, grown-ups don’t have to worry about overindulging.
For more, see our baked mac and cheese recipe with breadcrumbs.