How long does it take for a 3.5 lb chicken to defrost in the fridge? Also, how do I know if I have to remove anything inside?

I'm new to the whole roasted chicken game. I got a couple 'roaster chickens' from the farmers market and I was hoping for some tips on what I need to do to the chicken before I roast it (or instant pot cook). I mainly just want the chicken to be moist and juicy to add to lunch bowls etc...

  • Posted by: Natalie
  • January 18, 2018


ChefJune January 19, 2018
When you get the chicken home from the butcher or market, unwrap it and remove the giblets. Rewrap them (liver separately - you can't use it for soup!) and freeze for later uses.
The "new" way is not to rinse the chicken, but I have been rinsing for the past 50 or so years, and I'm not stopping now. No one has ever gotten sick. But dry it thoroughly, inside and out! This is my favorite roast chicken recipe. I've been making it and teaching it for ever, and it always gets raves. There are lots of tips in that recipe, too.
PHIL January 19, 2018
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sexyLAMBCHOPx January 18, 2018
It takes about 24 hour hours to defrost a chicken in the refrigerator. Chicken parts less time.
PHIL January 18, 2018
Salt & pep inside along with lemon and onion wedges and a few garlic cloves , maybe sprig of rosemary or thyme inside. I like an herby chicken so I put some herbs mixed with softened butter under the skin of the breasts and on top as well. dry the skin well before roasting so the skin crisps up. Once you make them yourself you wont want the store bought rotisserie ones any more. After I carve the chicken and make soup with the bones and carcass. Made these guys Sunday
Nancy January 18, 2018
Some tips:
Don't rinse the raw chicken in water (this spreads bacteria)
Look in the cavity, where you'll sometimes find a bag of innards...remove & can be used to make soup or gravy. Don't roast with them inside (I did this first time out...what a disaster!)
Some people truss or tie the bird, others cut it flat (called splayed or spatchcock).
Good to put a cut onion or lemon in the cavity when roasting...helps give flavor.
Use and make a good basic roast chicken recipe. There are many. Two favorites - by Michael Ruhlman, and Judy Rogers (late chef and restaurant owner in San Francisco).
Use the carcass of bones and bits of meat to make soup. Get every last bit of goodness out of that bird.
HalfPint January 18, 2018
I would also check the neck area, or at least where the neck use to be, for any giblets and innards. And sometimes, the giblets are not in a little bag, just merely added back into the cavity.
scruz January 18, 2018
i know that when i take a cornish game hen from the freezer and put in fridge for 2 days, the ice in the cavity of the bird is still frozen. i usually run water inside until i can take the ice plug out the then cook as per recipe. i guess it depends on if there is water inside.
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