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FOOD STORAGE — HOW LONG CAN YOU KEEP...

CHICKEN, WHOLE — COOKED (INCLUDING ROASTED, ROTISSERIE, BARBECUED)

RefrigeratorRefrigerator
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 3-4 days
Freezer Freezer
Blue Arrow Blue Arrow 4 months
Tips
  • Refrigerate within two hours of cooking — before refrigerating, cut whole bird into several smaller pieces.
  • If cooked chicken is stuffed, remove stuffing to a separate container before refrigerating or freezing leftovers.
  • Refrigerate cooked poultry in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
  • Freezer time shown is for best quality only — foods kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.

Sources: For details about data sources used for food storage information, please click here.

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