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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Chicken thighs have lots of flavor and stay moist even after a long, slow braise. Here, Thai green curry paste combines with lime juice and zest, Asian fish sauce, and a bit of brown sugar to create a braising liquid with lots of personality. Add red bell peppers, green beans, and coconut milk, and you end up with a luscious one-pot meal that needs only steamed rice to complete it.
Slow cooker version: Add the blended sauce to the chicken in the crock of your slow cooker. Cook the chicken on the low-heat setting for 4 hours. Debone the chicken as in step 4 and cook the vegetables in the slow cooker for about 1 hour on low, or until they’re tender. Add the chicken back to the slow cooker and warm through.
What to buy: Look for a Thai green curry paste with lots of flavor—we like the Mae Ploy brand.