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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Unlike in gluey takeout versions of stir-fry, the sauce here is perfectly balanced and light. The Chinese technique of velveting keeps the chicken succulent and tender, and prepping the stir-fry ingredients while the chicken marinates makes this dish fast—maybe even faster than delivery.
What to buy: Although hoisin means “seafood” in Cantonese, there’s actually no seafood in hoisin sauce. This thick, sweet condiment is made from sugar, soybeans, garlic, sesame seeds, chiles, and spices. Look for it in the ethnic aisle at most grocery stores or in Asian markets.
Special equipment: If you don’t have a wok, Grace Young suggests a large frying pan as a good substitute, but don’t use a nonstick pan because the high heat may damage it.
Game plan: You’ll need to make the steamed rice before you begin.
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