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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This rustic pâté is quick, easy, and a classic start to many a Passover feast. Though we finish it with a hint of sherry, it tastes just like the one Bubbe used to make (and you can choose to leave the sherry out).
What to buy: Schmaltz (rendered chicken fat) can be found in specialty markets and at Jewish delis. If you can’t find it, kosher-for-Passover vegetable oil can be substituted, but it’s far from traditional.
Game plan: We liked this best served warm, but it can also be made up to a day in advance and served cold or at room temperature.
This recipe was featured as part of our Hosting Your First Passover menu.