For wings, follow the same rules as any other type of poultry. Ensure that chicken remains in its original packaging (which should be vacuum-sealed or tightly-wrapped) to prevent its juices from leaking. Raw chicken can last for up to three days in the refrigerator.
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Next: How to Freeze Wings
Thanks to being predominantly bone, frozen chicken wings have a particularly long shelf life. If stored properly, most can last up to nine months in the freezer. Fill a freezer bag halfway with chicken wings and rest the bag sideways to avoid the wings from touching. Once the wings are frozen, you can then turn the bag upright for optimal freezer storage space.
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Next: How to Store Chicken
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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Next: How to Freeze Chicken
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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Next: How to Thaw Chicken
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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Marinating these wings in buttermilk makes them extra juicy and impossible to dry out while cooking. Just mix together buttermilk, garlic powder, and hot sauce, then toss in the wings and let them soak. When you’re ready to grill, throw the wings on the barbecue, and when they’re done, coat them with a buttery, spicy sauce. Eat them plain or dipped in Blue Cheese Dressing. We also recommend pairing with a strong cocktail like our Long Island Iced Tea recipe.
What to buy: The spiciness of these wings will depend on your choice of hot sauce. We prefer the mild to medium spiciness from brands like Frank’s RedHot or Crystal, but feel free to use something hotter if you prefer.