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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Cobblers and pie are delicious ways to enjoy summer stone fruit, but those sweet fruit flavors are also surprisingly great in savory recipes. When yellow nectarines are cooked with onions, ketchup, brown sugar, and chipotles, they morph into a sweet, smoky barbecue sauce. This fruity twist on standard barbecue sauce is great with pork tenderloin or chops, or—as you see it here—slathered on grilled chicken.
Special equipment: You will need a pastry brush or barbecue basting brush for this recipe.
What to buy: We like the tart-sweet flavors of yellow nectarines over white nectarines in this recipe. Yellow peaches can be substituted for the nectarines.
Game plan: The sauce can be made ahead and stored in the refrigerator for up to 2 days. Let it come to room temperature before using.
You’ll need to season the chicken for at least 6 hours before cooking, but for best results, season it overnight.