I love chicken. I eat it at least once a week, and I’m pretty sure that I’ve never had the same chicken recipe twice. But there’s one thing that always confuses me: how long can you keep cooked chicken in the fridge? Is it good for a day? A week? Two weeks?! Let’s find out!
If you’re storing cooked chicken in the refrigerator, it’s important to keep it cold. Cooked foods should be stored at 40 degrees F or below and should not be left out for more than two hours.
If your refrigerator does not have a separate drawer for storing cooked foods, place the wrapped chicken on the bottom shelf of your refrigerator (the coldest part) and cover with another container if needed.
You can keep frozen chicken in the freezer for up to 6 months. To freeze cooked chicken, place it in an airtight container or heavy-duty freezer bag. Place the chicken in the freezer immediately after cooking so that no bacteria can grow on it.
To thaw frozen chicken, you’ll want to use your refrigerator. The safest method is to place the wrapped or unpackaged roasts in a plastic bag and submerge them in cool water. They should be completely thawed in about 24 hours, but if you’re pressed for time, you can use a microwave on low power (or defrost setting) for 15 minutes per pound.
When it comes time to cook your chicken again after it’s been frozen and thawed out, make sure that you don’t contaminate any other foods by wiping down all surfaces with hot soapy water before putting them away again!
Cooked chicken is good for up to a week in the refrigerator.
Cooked chicken is good for up to a week in the refrigerator. It’s best to keep it in a container so it doesn’t get contaminated by other foods, and don’t keep it too long–cooked chicken can spoil after just 3 days.
In summary, cooked chicken is good for up to a week in the refrigerator. If you have leftovers after this time, throw them out! You can also freeze cooked chicken for later use if desired. It will last for about three months in the freezer before it begins to lose flavor or texture.