How to Thaw Chicken

Follow these simple steps for thawing frozen chicken safely.

Do not thaw chicken at room temperature -- it can cause food poisoning because bacteria thrive at warmer temperatures. Instead, try one of these simple and safe methods.

Refrigerator Thawing

It's best to thaw wrapped chicken in your refrigerator. Allow five hours of thawing time for every pound of chicken.

Cold-Water Thawing

You can also thaw wrapped chicken safely by submerging it in cold water in your sink or a large bowl. Allow about 30 minutes of thawing time for every pound of chicken, changing the water every 30 minutes.

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