Chicken is a delicious addition to any meal and is among the healthiest forms of protein available. Thawing chicken is easy, but it needs to be done right. Here are some steps to safely defrost meat.
Method 1 of 3: Thawing Chicken in Refrigerator
Step 1. Remove the frozen chicken from the freezer and place it in the fridge
This is the safest way to defrost chicken, although it takes longer than other methods.
Place the chicken in front of the bottom drawer to thaw it to prevent any excess juice from the food from reaching other products. If the chicken has already been unpacked, place it in a skillet or bowl so the juices don't leak
Step 2. Keep an eye on the time
The golden rule says: 500g of chicken takes 5 hours to thaw in the fridge.
Keep in mind that defrosting all the chicken in the fridge can take more than 24 hours. Plan accordingly
Step 3. Remove the chicken from the fridge when it is defrosted
The chicken will no longer be covered with ice and will have a spongy consistency.
Check that all the chicken has been thawed by placing your hand in the largest cavity in the meat. If there are ice crystals inside the chicken, allow it to thaw a little longer
Step 4. Store the defrosted chicken in the refrigerator
Defrosted chicken can be stored in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days. Once the chicken is thawed, it cannot be frozen again.
Store thawed chicken in the coldest part of the refrigerator to keep it bacteria-free for a long time
Method 2 of 3: Thawing the Chicken in the Sink
Step 1. Place the chicken in an airtight bag if it has not been wrapped
The bag will keep bacteria away from the chicken during the thawing process. It will also prevent bacteria from contaminating the sink.
Step 2. Find a bowl that can hold all the chicken
The bowl needs to be big enough to keep all the chicken submerged in the water.
Step 3. Place the chicken still in the bag in the bowl and fill it with cold water
The chicken needs to be completely covered with water.
Do not use hot water. Hot water will promote the creation of bacteria
Step 4. Change the water every 30 minutes
500 grams of chicken will be thawed in a maximum of one hour using this method.
If you're defrosting a whole chicken, be prepared to wait a little longer. Chickens weighing 1.5 kg can take more than three hours to thaw in this way
Step 5. Cook all the chicken before putting it in the fridge
Raw chicken thawed using this method cannot be stored again as long as it remains raw.
Method 3 of 3: Defrosting the Chicken in the Microwave
Step 1. Unwrap your chicken
Place it in a bowl suitable for microwave use. This way, the juices will not leak while the chicken is thawed.
Step 2. Keep in mind that thawing chicken in the microwave could expose it to certain risks
If unfrozen for a long time, the chicken will become hot, making it an environment more prone to bacterial growth.
Generally, do not try to defrost all the chicken in the microwave as this increases the risk of the meat becoming contaminated. Microwaved whole chicken also removes the nutritious and delicious aspects of the meat
Step 3. Place the bowl in the microwave
Turn on your microwave so that it starts defrosting. If you don't know how long your chicken should be in the microwave, thaw it for 2 minutes. Let it sit for 1 minute and check the thawing progress.
The chicken must not start to thaw
Step 4. Cook your chicken right away
You will need to cook all the thawed chicken in this method before putting it back in the fridge.
The lower your chicken's thaw temperature, the less likely it is to develop harmful bacteria
- Avoid defrosting chicken at room temperature. If it stays at room temperature too long, it can develop bacteria.
- Always wash your hands after handling raw chicken.
- Whole chicken will not thaw well in the microwave. You can still use this method to treat whole meat, but there is an increased risk of it developing bacteria.