Originally Posted by elitecodex
I did a search and could not find out an answer to my question so Im hoping someone can chime in.
I bought chicken tenderloins and froze them when I returned home (probably a couple of weeks ago - use by date is Feb 21). Took them out on Saturday night so they were ready to cook sunday night. Well, one thing led to another and they are still sitting in my refrigerator - never came out.
How long can chicken be defrosted and still ok to eat? Are they still ok to cook tonight? I was always told to cook within 24 hours of defrosting but Im thinking they may be ok... maybe... Ideas?
Myself, I would not trust chicken that has been defrosting for more than 24 hrs. Chicken is often full of bacteria and I would toss it. I do make chicken dishes for other people, but I refuse to eat it. I dont care where it comes from. Turkey as well. Ive been to chicken and turkey farms and made my decision based on what I saw.