Q:

How long before chicken goes bad?

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Raw chicken typically lasts 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator, according to FoodSafety.gov. Leftover or cooked chicken lasts around 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.

Frozen chicken lasts longer than refrigerated chicken. Whole raw chicken can be frozen for up to a year, and raw chicken pieces can be frozen for up to 9 months. Cooked chicken can be frozen for 2 to 6 months. According to StillTasty.com, the best way to keep raw chicken fresh is by storing it in its original packaging until it is ready to use. The best way to freeze raw chicken is by wrapping unopened chicken in aluminum foil.


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