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 easy and fast version of classic chicken noodle soup tastes like it’s been simmered all day but only takes about an hour from start to finish. Brown bone-in chicken pieces, and then sauté carrot, celery, and onion with the flavorful browned bits in the saucepan. Add chicken broth and simmer until the chicken is cooked all the way through and the vegetables are tender. Shred the chicken, add it back to the soup, and toss in a block of instant ramen for an easy, no-boil solution to noodles. (Trying to use a lot of leftover chicken? See our leftover chicken recipe.)
Game plan: You can substitute 4 ounces of any variety of dried short pasta for the ramen noodles. Just cook it according to the package directions while the soup is simmering and add it at the end in place of the ramen.
For a thicker chicken soup, try our chicken tortilla soup recipe. Or mix it up with a chicken wild rice soup recipe.