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Old 08-24-2008, 02:51 PM   #1
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Thawing chicken thighs

You'd think I could find one of those thawing chicken threads when I need it....

I have a store package of chicken thighs I took out of the freezer and put in the fridge yesterday. They are still pretty frozen, barely soft on the surface. How can I hurry them along? I seem to remember somone saying they run water on meat to help it thaw, but I don't know if this pertained to chicken. Could I set the package in the sink and let cold tap water run over it to help it thaw more quickly?

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BTW, I'm looking to have them thawed in a couple hours.
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Old 08-24-2008, 02:58 PM   #2
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do you have a microwave? you can thaw them on low
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:06 PM   #3
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You'd think I could find one of those thawing chicken threads when I need it....Could I set the package in the sink and let cold tap water run over it to help it thaw more quickly?

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BTW, I'm looking to have them thawed in a couple hours.
Bingo! You can even set in a bowl of cold water (in the sink) and change the water every so often. They will be thaw in no time - - way less than a couple hours.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:39 PM   #4
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You can also place the thighs in a heavy aluminum skillet or pan and they will thaw pretty quickly.
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:40 PM   #5
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Thanks kitchenelf. That's what I was hoping to hear.

I don't seem to have much luck using the microwave, even on the defrost setting. The meat always comes out..... weird.... warm and discolored on the outside by the time the inside is thawed. Plus I didn't want to unwrap the thighs and play around with them, turning and flipping.

The sink it is!
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Old 08-24-2008, 03:42 PM   #6
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You can also place the thighs in a heavy aluminum skillet or pan and they will thaw pretty quickly.
At room temp? I thaw steaks and pork chops like that, but I thought that was a no-no for chicken.
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Thanks kitchenelf. That's what I was hoping to hear.

I don't seem to have much luck using the microwave, even on the defrost setting. The meat always comes out..... weird.... warm and discolored on the outside by the time the inside is thawed. Plus I didn't want to unwrap the thighs and play around with them, turning and flipping.

The sink it is!
I don't use the defrost setting, I use low setting and watch for when it starts getting thawed. I don't have patience for sink thawing .
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At room temp? I thaw steaks and pork chops like that, but I thought that was a no-no for chicken.
I think if you pay attention you will be fine. You can always use a combination of the methods too. Get them going in the sink and once you take them out of the wrapper and do what Andy M said they will thaw very quickly.
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Old 08-24-2008, 04:49 PM   #9
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Thanks for the tips.

I'll give a low microwave setting a try next time I thaw some burger, LC. Maybe I'll like that better than the defrost setting. Thanks for the tip.
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You could also break them apart as soon as they are defrosted enough. Small blocks of ice defrost faster than one big one.
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