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CHICKEN PIECES, INCLUDING CHICKEN BREASTS / THIGHS / WINGS - PURCHASED COMMERCIALLY FROZEN, RAW

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9 months (best quality)

 

Tips

  • How long do frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces last? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - keep raw chicken breasts and pieces frozen at all times.
  • Properly stored, frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces will maintain best quality for about 9 months in the freezer, although they will usually remain safe to eat after that.
  • Are frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces safe to eat after the ‘expiration’ date on the package? Yes, if properly stored - commercially frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces will typically carry a Best By, Best if Used By, Best Before, or Best When Used By date but this is not a safety date, it is the manufacturer's estimate of how long the frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces will remain at peak quality.
  • How long will frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces remain safe to eat? Frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces that have been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely, as long as they have been stored properly and the package is not damaged.
  • How to tell if frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces are no longer good? If dry spots or discolorations have developed on the frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces, freezer burn has begun to set in - this will not make the frozen raw chicken breasts and pieces unsafe to eat, but it will harm the texture and taste.

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