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What's the safest way to quickly thaw out chicken?

I've been leaving it frozen on a plate in my kitchen before I leave for work, so when I get home, it's thawed out. I have the distinct feeling that there's a better way. Help!

asked by Cory,Anotado over 4 years ago
9 answers 4280 views
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added over 4 years ago

Generally the safest is whatever way keeps it coldest, which also means whatever way takes longest (usually in the fridge, overnight).
But much faster and still hasn't made me ill is thawing in cold (never hot) water. Running water is best, but wastes a lot of water. You can get away with submerging the chicken in water, and changing it out every so often.

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boulangere

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added over 4 years ago

The USDA prefers the overnight in the fridge method or submerged in cold, preferably running, water. Food needs to pass through the temperature danger zone of 41-135 degrees (the temperature range in which bacteria can begin to grow and thrive) as quickly as possible. I also tend to avoid running water because I have to buy the water from the city and pay to run it into the sewer, so I change it over frequently. The best idea is to plan ahead. A completely frozen whole chicken can take a good 2 days to thaw under refrigeration. Use cold water as a follow-up. Then be sure to adequately sanitize your sink.

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added over 4 years ago

I tend to take out my chicken before I go to bed and put it in the fridge before I go to work. When I get home it's thawed out.

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added over 4 years ago

I plan on at least two days in the fridge. Overnight is not long enough in my experience. For a faster thaw, the microwave on the lowest setting. Turn the pieces often to avoid cooked edges.

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added 5 months ago


Defrost it in microwave.

Actually, the last method about how to defrost chicken can be called a little bit dangerous. Putting your frosted chicken meat inside of microwave is surely able to help defrosting it.

Unfortunately, if you use this method, make sure to wait in front of the microwave. Do not get away before the thawing process finished.

It is because if you are putting your frosted chicken inside of the microwave too long, it will get warm and when your raw chicken becomes warm, it will be easily contaminated with bacteria.

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added 5 months ago


Defrost it in microwave.

http://www.howtodefrostchicken...
Actually, the last method about how to defrost chicken can be called a little bit dangerous. Putting your frosted chicken meat inside of microwave is surely able to help defrosting it.

Unfortunately, if you use this method, make sure to wait in front of the microwave. Do not get away before the thawing process finished.

It is because if you are putting your frosted chicken inside of the microwave too long, it will get warm and when your raw chicken becomes warm, it will be easily contaminated with bacteria.

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Sam1148

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added 5 months ago

If it's a bird still in the package. I put it in a bucket and put the bucket in the shower with cool water and let the running water defrost it...don't do this in a drought area. (g).