Never let raw or frozen chicken sit at room temperature.
Handling Raw Poultry
Raw meat can transmit dangerous bacteria, so never let raw or frozen chicken sit at room temperature. Raw chicken stored in the refrigerator should be cooked within two days. Frozen chicken can be stored up to a year.
- After handling raw poultry, thoroughly clean all surfaces, utensils, cutting boards, knives and hands with hot soapy water.
- Frozen chicken takes up to one day to thaw in the refrigerator. You can also run cold water over it in the sink or defrost it in the microwave. Once thawed, rinse the chicken with cold water before cooking.
- Always serve cooked meat on a clean plate.
- Leftovers can be stored in the refrigerator for up to two days.
Deboning Chicken Breasts
Boneless chicken cooks faster and is easier to prepare.
- Loosen the breast bone and white cartilage by running the tip of your index finger around both sides of the bone. Pull out the bone in one or two pieces.
- Insert the tip of the knife under the long rib bone. Resting the knife against the bones, use steady and even pressure to gradually trim the meat away from the bones.