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How Long Does Chicken Keep In the Refrigerator?



Raw chicken keeps in the refrigerator at forty degrees for one or two days while cooked chicken can last about three or four days.

More Info: When purchasing raw chicken, pick it up just before heading to the check out aisle so the meat will not get warmer than necessary. Once home, make sure you put it in the refrigerator right away. While the refrigerator will keep the chicken for a few days, it will need to be frozen if you don’t plan on cooking it right away.

Freezing the chicken in its own packaging will keep it good for at least two months before it is susceptible to freezer burn. However, wrapping the chicken in multiple layers or using freezer rated plastic bags will protect it for a much longer amount of time.

After cooking the raw chicken, be sure to refrigerate any leftovers immediately. If you are purchasing fully cooked chicken, it is still important to keep it cold from the time you purchase it. Taking these precautions will help keep your food safe, as well as protect you and your household from dangerous diseases.



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