It usually happens to us all: We hit the market over the weekend with the best goals to cook our way through a week, but the days get the best of us. By Saturday, we are left with half-empty containers of milk and packages of raw chicken that we didn’t get to. Just how long do we have until they are rotten? In terms of that raw chicken, here is how long you actually have.
How Long Will Raw Chicken Stay Good in your Fridge?
According to the USDA and U.S. Food and Drug Administration, raw chicken (careless of if it is whole; in pieces such as breasts, drumsticks, thighs, and wings; or ground) should be stored for no longer than 1 – 2 days in the fridge. If the chicken was earlier frozen, this timeline goes into effect after the meat is fully defrosted.
Raw chicken keeps for no more than 1- 2 days in the refrigerator.
If you are unsure whether you will get to cooking that raw chicken before this timeline is up, your greatest bet is to freeze it in the fridge.
How to Tell if Raw Chicken Is Rotten
While this timeline is quite reliable, it is still smart to use your senses to detect if the chicken you are about to cook is safe and not rotten. First, if the “best by” date on the package is long gone, it is likely not safe to consume. If it smells foul and sharp, has a grayish hue, and/or has a slimy texture (feel), it has most definitely gone bad and should be tossed.