Food Storage - How long can you keep...


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3-5 days



  • How long does chicken salad last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate chicken salad within two hours of preparing or purchasing.
  • To maximize the shelf life of chicken salad for safety and quality, refrigerate the chicken salad in airtight containers.
  • Properly stored, chicken salad will last for 3 to 5 days in the refrigerator.
  • How long can chicken salad be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; chicken salad should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if chicken salad is bad? If chicken salad develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded; do not taste first.

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