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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Chicken salad, like potato salad, is one of those universal offerings at the deli counter. It looks attractive and delicious, but often ends up being a disappointing glob of flavorless chunks drowned in cheap mayo. Make your own version using an array of dried or fresh fruit, nuts, herbs, and spices. Your picnic pals will thank you.
Game plan: To minimize prep time, chop and measure the rest of the ingredients while the chicken is cooking and cooling. The chicken can be prepared and refrigerated up to 2 days in advance and the remaining ingredients assembled at the last minute. For a slacker solution, use the meat from half of a precooked rotisserie chicken (or 3 cups of meat). For the fastest shredding, use your stand mixer to break up the chicken.
You’ll need to make the mayonnaise, Dried Cherry Mustard or Whole-Grain Dijon Mustard, and kaiser rolls before you begin.
This recipe was featured as part of our Make Your Own Mustard project.