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Old 08-08-2008, 04:50 PM   #1
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Marinated Chicken

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Quick question - I bought some boneless-skinless chicken breasts today, cut them some and put them each in a sandwich baggie with marinade (1 marinade, 1 bbq sauce, and the other was a hot wing sauce - all store bought). They are currently sitting in a container in the back of my fridge.

My question is how long will they be good for? Im most likely going to use them within three days (which I think is safe), but I want to know theoretically how long they will be good for (considering they are sitting in a solution with acid and salt). Since they are in a marinade, I cannot tell via color or odor.

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Old 08-08-2008, 05:13 PM   #2
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They will be good for as long as the original package said (sell by) and then maybe a day or two after that usually. However, depending on how long you "processed" them, the period could be shorter.
Once I open a package, I wouldn't go past the sell by date.
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Old 08-08-2008, 06:59 PM   #3
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I would use within 3 days, just to be safe.
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Old 08-08-2008, 10:59 PM   #4
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IMO marinating a boneless skinless chicken breast for 3 days will ruin them.

But they'll probably be safe to eat.
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I was not gonna get involved in that aspect of things, but I agree 100%

Ideally, on a chicken breast, I marinade overnight at most.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:34 AM   #6
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Interesting - can I ask why? what is a typical time frame for doing something like that? I would be interesting to get a "Shirley Corriher" type response :) Im into the finer details like that.
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well, depending on the marinade, the acid levels firm the proteins in the meat and can make for an undesired texture when finished. Also, the meat tends to stick more to the cooking surface. And, on the chance something nasty got into the mix, it is just more time for growth...depending on Ph levels...but that is a long discussion.
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Old 08-09-2008, 09:56 AM   #8
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So would 24 hours be the cap? If so, I'll just cook all three today and chalk it up to experience :)
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:10 AM   #9
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Yeah I would not go much past 24 hours.
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Old 08-09-2008, 10:21 AM   #10
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Then 24 hours it is :) Thanks alot for the help everyone!
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