Shelf Life Tips
- How long does cooked chicken stew last in the fridge or freezer? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate chicken stew within two hours of cooking.
- To maximize the shelf life of cooked chicken stew for safety and quality, refrigerate the chicken stew promptly in covered airtight containers.
- Properly stored, cooked chicken stew will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
- To further extend the shelf life of cooked chicken stew, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags.
- How long does cooked chicken stew last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 4 to 6 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
- The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cooked chicken stew that has been kept constantly frozen at 0°F will keep safe indefinitely.
- How long does cooked chicken stew last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked chicken stew that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; chicken stew that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
- How long can cooked chicken stew be safely left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked chicken stew should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
- How to tell if cooked chicken stew is bad? If cooked chicken stew develops an off odor, flavor or appearance, or if mold appears, it should be discarded.
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