How Long Is Raw Chicken Good In The Fridge (And Why)?

How Long Is Raw Chicken Good In The Fridge (And Why)?

Exact Answer: 2 Days 

How many times have you ever bought chicken galette, breasts, or thighs from the food market for a recipe you design/prepared on making that night but instead, you ended up din-in or ordering take-out & stowed the meat into the depths of your refrigerator?  

We’ve all done it & we’re not here to gauge you. However, there’s something we must be mindful of after we choose to avoid wasting that pre-cut or we can say raw chicken for a later date- whether it’s still fresh. 

That brings up the important question: does one understand how to confirm if the chicken is good or bad?

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How Long Is Raw Chicken Good In The Fridge?

Chicken types & qualityTime 
Raw chicken (at room temperature)Not more than 2 hours
Raw chicken (refrigerator)1-2 days
Raw chicken (freezer)9-12 months

After raw chicken is purchased, it’s going to be refrigerated for 1 to 2 days. However, food safety experts together with the FDA recommend a timeframe of 1-2 days for raw chicken held at or above 41o F. 

When a person learns how to make frozen chicken in an instant pot, he or she will look for chicken parts on sale and freeze them for later use. You’ll cook the frozen chicken without deicing it once it’s done. It’s incredibly simple and quick!

Cooking chicken from scratch takes 50 percent longer than cooking chicken straight from the freezer. A standard unfrozen chicken breast weighing 5-7 ounces cooks in 20-30 minutes at 350°F. So, depending on the size of the chicken breast, you should expect to cook a frozen chicken breast in 30-45 minutes.

If the chicken is frozen then transferred to the refrigerator to thaw, try not to keep it for quite 2 days before cooking. Always thaw within the refrigerator or submerged under cold running water to confirm safe & fast thawing to cut back any risks for bacteria growth from improper thawing practices. 

Keep in mind that we never refreeze thawed raw chicken. Once the raw chicken is thawed it must be cooked within 2 days or discarded/thrown out, never reinstate into the freezer!

Why Raw Chicken Can Stay Good This Long In The Fridge?

When we place the shop-wrapped chicken into another bag, preferably a freezer weight bag, things change. Even a lightweight weight over-bag will increase the time before it gets freezer burned to a pair of months, not weeks. 

Remember that freezer-burned chicken can still be cooked & eaten, it just is going to be less appetizing than un-freezer-burned chicken. Before cooking Use a thermometer to check the temperature. 

You’re hoping for a temperature of 140 degrees Fahrenheit. Place the frozen chicken breast in the water. Every now and then, stir the water (this keeps pockets of cold water from forming). It should only take 30 minutes or less to defrost.

Most chicken sold in the U.S. is contaminated with the salmonella bacterium. If raw chicken stays at a temperature too long, it’ll warm up to temperature & therefore the salmonella will begin to grow & reproduce; which is toxic to humans.

 The longer it’s warm without being cooked, the more toxins are going to be formed, & also the sicker we might get once we eat it.

If the bacterium gets heated high enough, with an inside temperature of about 165oF, it dies. If the chicken was kept cold enough before cooking, the bacterium dies without ever having produced the toxin, so we do not get sick. 

If on the opposite hand the cooking is interrupted, & therefore the chicken stands warm when there’s still living bacteria, it’ll grow & make the toxin. So eating it, even after we finished cooking it, will lead us to sickness.


How long can or not raw chicken be frozen? Same reasonably answer; it depends on how it’s wrapped. The freezer stays cold the complete time.

How long can or not raw chicken be kept within the fridge? Per week close to. During this case, bacteria present within the air all around us can start growing & also the cooked chicken can get moldy or rather decay.

 If we smell it, we’ll be able to tell it’s spoiled. Then it is not safe to eat. If we seal it in vacuum bags, it’ll keep longer, up to many weeks, within the fridge.



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