Question: How long can raw chicken sit out? I accidentally left a bag of groceries that contained some raw chicken breasts on the kitchen counter for about 4 hours. I'm worried about the chicken still being safe.
Answer: Unfortunately your chicken is no longer safe. You can safely leave raw chicken out at room temperature for about two hours — or one hour if the temperature is above 90 degrees Fahrenheit — says the United States Department of Agriculture.
The reason is that bacteria grow rapidly when raw chicken is kept at temperatures between 40° F and 140° F. If chicken has been left out of the fridge for longer than 2 hours (or 1 hour above 90° F), the bacteria can multiply to the point where the chicken is no longer safe to eat and should be discarded.