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Whole Chicken to Room Temp?

Want to do Chef Thomas Keller's simple roast chicken. He says he lets it come to room temp but doesn't say how long or how that should be accomplished. His bird and mine are about 3 lbs. It has defrosted in the fridge for the past couple of days, but how long should it be out to come to temp and safely be able to use.

asked by BurgeoningBaker over 2 years ago
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added over 2 years ago

Don't be afraid to let it sit, covered, for a couple of hours.

added over 2 years ago

Okay thank you for the feedback. I was thinking 2 hours as that is how much dough needs and weights are almost the same (at least for my baking). I hope the bird is still good. I guess the smell will be pretty hard to miss if not good. Bought bird from farmer's market.

added over 2 years ago

Two hours is fine, three max. Four is no good, as dictated by the food temperature safety zone.

added over 2 years ago

Alice waters says to let the chicken sit for 1
Hour to get to room temp before cooking.

added over 2 years ago

Seems to have been fine. I've eaten a drumstick and nothing bad so far. Next part of this question.. The chicken came with the neck (detached but inside the cavity). I did not roast it with the rest of the chicken. Can I still put it in with the carcass to make stock or does it need to be cooked first?

added over 2 years ago

You can put it in with the carcass to make stock. Bringing the water to boil (before you reduce to a simmer) will take care of it.