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Fresh, whole chicken or chicken parts can safely stay in the refrigerator for 1 to 2 days, according to the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). This applies regardless of whether the chicken is whole, in pieces (breasts, thighs, drumsticks, wings), or ground.

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Here are some additional points to remember:

  • Storage method: Store the chicken in its original packaging or an airtight container to prevent contamination.
  • Placement: Place the chicken on the lowest shelf of your refrigerator, where it will be the coldest.
  • Thawing: If you plan to cook the chicken after refrigeration, thaw it safely in the refrigerator, in cold water, or using the microwave defrost setting. Never thaw chicken at room temperature.

Remember, these are general recommendations, and the quality of the chicken can also influence its safe storage duration. It's important to inspect the chicken before using it. Look for signs of spoilage, such as off odor, discoloration, or slimy texture. If you notice any of these signs, discard the chicken for safety reasons.

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