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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Consider this a healthier alternative to sweet and sour pork, made with skinless, boneless chicken breasts quickly deep-fried for flavor and texture before being finished off in the oven with a spunky sauce of apple cider vinegar, ketchup, and soy sauce. Steamed white or brown rice is an essential accompaniment.
For extra dipping sauce, learn How to Make Sweet and Sour Sauce with our easy recipe.
For more, check out our Easy Thai Grilled Chicken Breasts, Easy Teriyaki Chicken, and Asian Marinated Backed Chicken.