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Chef’s Top Tips on Choosing Fresh Chicken

Once you get that bird home, you’ll want to make sure you prepare it correctly for your recipes, whether you’ve bought fresh or frozen. There are a few things you want to get right about seasoning, cooking temperature, and moisture-sealing tricks.

Don’t forget to check the sell-by date on your chicken for proper storage. Chicken that has been refrigerated is still good for 1 -2 days after that date if the temperature is 40° or below. Do try a small sniff test to be sure. If your raw chicken emits a pungent odor after you open it, consider that it may have gone bad.