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How Long Does Cooked Chicken Last in the Fridge?

Have you ever cooked some children, eaten until your full and then put the excess in the fridge. It was days later when you realized that the chicken was still in the fridge, and wondered if it's still good to eat. Maybe this is why you're on this page right now. How long does cooked chicken last in the fridge is your question?

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Preheated chicken can be used for a whole bunch of great meals. Use preheated children for making chicken tacos, a nice sandwich, or use it to top a caesar salad or for creating a satisfying stir-fry. 

Using a cooked chicken breast, thigh or even some chicken wings are great for a quick meal. Yet, is the chicken any good you're wondering.  

How long does Cooked Chicken Last In the Fridge? 

According to the USDA, refrigerated cooked chicken is safe to eat for 3-4 days (the same for turkey or all poultry) if it stored correctly.

Below is a helpful guide on when you should throw out things in your fridge.

Product

Toss

FROZEN CHICKEN

3 MONTHS (FREEZER)

RAW CHICKEN

3 DAYS

DELI MEAT OPENED

3 DAYS

LEFTOVERS

3 DAYS

FROZEN BREADS

14 DAYS

COFFEE

14 DAYS

CHICKEN OR BEEF BROTH

3 DAYS

EGGS

14 DAYS

HOT DOGS OPENED

7 DAYS

BACON

7 DAYS

HAMBURGER

2 DAYS

STEAK

5 DAYS

Putting cooked chicken in the freezer will extend your time giving you 3 months before it goes bad.

How Can You Tell if Chicken is Bad?

It's hard to know if the cooked chicken is bad by taste or smell. Bacteria may be present, like salmonella, if the chicken wasn't cooked properly and this could make you very sick. 

If the chicken was left out of the fridge for more than 2 hours or left in the refrigerator for more than 4 days - it's best to throw it out. It's not worth the risk. 

How Should You Store Chicken In Your Fridge? 

Chicken that is not cooked should only be stored in your fridge for only 48 hours or less. If you're not going to use the chicken in 48 hours, then it's better to toss it into the freezer and not the fridge. 

When you're ready to use the chicken from the freezer, just take it out the night before and let it thaw.

The next day you’re ready to begin the magic. I love making homemade chicken noodle soup with chicken from the freezer. There are so many different directions that you could go. 

Storing Uncooked Chicken in Your Fridge

It's best to store any raw meat (chicken, pork or beef) on the lowest shelf in your fridge. This way if juice from the meat leaks from the packaging it will not leak all over your other foods.

Storing uncooked chicken in your fridge

Make sure that foods in your fridge are carefully marked so you don't get confused and it's also important to date the food if it's not in the store packaging. 

Storing Cooked Chicken in Your Fridge 

It's important to store your cooked chicken correctly in your fridge. Place it in an air-tight container, wrap it in plastic wrap or use a freezer bag. If the chicken is packaged well from the store, it is best to leave it in the original packaging until you're ready to eat it. 

How Long Does Vacuum Sealed Cooked Chicken Last in the Fridge?

Vacuum sealing your poultry is a great way to preserve its flavor and freshness for a longer time.

By vacuum sealing your chicken you'll be able to get 50% more days in your fridge. Instead of chicken lasting for about 3 days, you'll be able to get 6 days. 

There are many great vacuum sealers on Amazon that work very well. Recently, I purchased the FoodSaver FM2000 Vacuum Sealer Machine and it's a great unit. This vacuum sealer works very well keeping chicken fresh and tasting great for a long time.  

Conclusion 

If you have any comments or questions about this post, you can throw them in below. Thanks for taking the time to read this post and best of luck with making something unique with your leftover chicken.

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