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Frozen chicken left out

Three packages off frozen chicken breasts were accidentally left out overnight;in one package, the interior is still partially frozen...can I use? Other packages of breasts still cool to the touch.

asked by Nancy Tharpe about 5 years ago
6 answers 16449 views
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added about 5 years ago

By over-night, are we talking 6-8 hours, or 8-12 hours?

I would say if the center is indeed still partially frozen and the rest still cool to the touch as you say, it will probably be okay. Just be sure to fully cook those breasts.

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added about 5 years ago

There was a thread about this not long ago. Unfortunately, I get the chocolate baguette when I try to search for it. I'd suggest taking the temperature of the unfrozen ones. If it's above 40 degrees, I'd suggest tossing them.

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added about 5 years ago

WHEN IN DOUBT, THROUGH IT OUT. Maybe, if the interior is still frozen, the outside is still cold enough to inhibit the growth of unfriendly bacteria. But chicken is notorious for its ability to carry mischief. Personally I would not take the risk.

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added about 5 years ago

Here's an update from the questioner: I cooked the chicken, and although I think it would have been just fine, my husband said "throw it out." So the dogs got some good eatin' that night.

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added about 5 years ago

I always enjoy hearing back / results / successes / failures so thank you for that. Most of these threads become stories without an ending.

On record as willing to eat the referenced bird myself, I am certain there was no danger from this situation. However… You should be aware that pets are not immune to salmonellosis and other foodborne diseases. And even if they're asymptomatic, they can be infectious for weeks after exposure, transmitting the bacteria to their owners and others they come in contact with.


Good news, I'm sure they love you more now than before (as if that were possible). Bad news: Next time they smell chicken roasting, you're in for a hounding.

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