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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

CHICKEN BREASTS / PIECES / WINGS — COOKED, EXCEPT FRIED

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-4 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 4 months
Tips
  • The precise answer to the question “How long does cooked chicken last?” depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate chicken within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked chicken, refrigerate the cooked poultry in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked chicken, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
  • How long does cooked chicken last in the freezer for safety purposes? The freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does cooked chicken last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked chicken should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if cooked chicken is bad? The best way is to smell and look at the chicken: signs of bad chicken are a sour smell and a slimy texture to the cooked chicken; discard any chicken with an off smell or appearance, do not taste the chicken first.

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