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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Think of this recipe as a late-night munchies homage to that most perfect of all late-night munchies, the Taco Bell Crunchwrap. It’s a deceptively simple layering of textures and flavors: a soft flour tortilla wrapped around seasoned ground chicken, sour cream, shredded cheese, lettuce, tomato, and the thing that makes it crunch: a crispy corn tostada shell. It’s a thing that has to be eaten straight from the pan (10 minutes out of the pan, the crispy tostada layer is no longer, well, crispy). Serve it a party where everybody’s standing around the range, and you can cook in multiple batches (with lots of helping hands to aid with the layering and rolling). You can give everybody their own, or cut in two (if you try and go smaller than that, everything tends to fall out).
For more, check out our Rajas Quesadillas, Chipotle Pork Quesadillas, Grilled Steak Quesadillas. And see how to make other healthier homemade versions of fast food favorites here.