Tips for Caring for your chicken

Tips for caring for your chicken


Correct handling, storage and cooking are all equally important when cooking chicken


  • Do not wash fresh or frozen chicken.
  • Wash hands and equipment thoroughly in hot soapy water after handling raw poultry.
  • Do not place cooked product on plates used for raw chicken.
  • Use separate boards for chopping raw poultry and other foods.


  • Always cover raw chicken and store it on the bottom shelf of the refrigerator below all other foods.
  • Thaw frozen chicken completely in a refrigerator or defrost in a microwave prior to cooking.
  • Do not thaw chicken on a bench or under running water.
  • Once thawed, cook within 24 hours.
  • Do not refreeze after thawing.
  • Always cover raw chicken.
  • Best practice – If refrigerating cooked chicken for later use, do so as soon as possible after initial cooking.
  • Chicken must be cooked thoroughly before eating.
  • The internal temperature for bone-in chicken should be 82°C.
  • The internal temperature for all other chicken should be 76°C.
  • Best practice – Use a meat thermometer to check the internal temperature.
  • A useful guide is to cook until the juices run clear. This does not remove the need to use a meat thermometer.

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