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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At your next tailgate, switch up classic grilled Buffalo wings with these sliders that have the same bold flavor. Start by marinating chicken thighs in hot sauce and butter, then grill them to get some charry flavor. Stuff the thighs into slider buns and top with an easy carrot, celery, and blue cheese slaw. Serve alongside an easy, light vegetable such as our Roasted Asparagus recipe. Make sure to pass around plenty of napkins!
We recommend serving alongside a cocktail, such as our easy Long Island Iced Tea recipe, to really impress your party guests.
For more easy shareable treats, check out our Super Bowl recipes.
What to buy: Two boneless, skinless chicken breasts can be used instead of thighs. Pound the breasts to 1/2-inch thickness and cut them into 8 equal pieces.