How long does fried chicken last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate chicken within two hours of cooking or purchasing.
To maximize the shelf life of fried chicken for safety and quality, refrigerate the chicken in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Properly stored, fried chicken will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
To further extend the shelf life of fried 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 fried chicken last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 4 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — fried chicken that has been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long does fried chicken last after being frozen and thawed? Fried chicken that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; chicken that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How long does fried chicken last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; fried chicken should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
How to tell if fried 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; discard any chicken with an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.
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