and defrosting chicken breasts
breasts freeze well without losing flavor or
To freeze individual servings, wrap either a
whole breast or half in plastic wrap making
sure the plastic is covering the meat and
the ends are sealed by turning them back
over the sealed seam. In a large freezer
bag, place the wrapped breasts in a single
layer and lock the bag, pushing out as much
air as possible before freezing.
To defrost one or more servings, remove from
the freezer, place on a plate and put the
breasts in the lowest part of the
refrigerator to thaw for 5 to ten hours.
Use immediately after thawing.
Always thaw frozen poultry in the
refrigerator, slowly, not at room
temperature or in the microwave.
Do not Refreeze
Never refreeze frozen-and-thawed chicken,
discard any marinade that is not cooked
along with the chicken. Never store it for
reuse unless first cooked for five minutes
over low heat.
Chicken breasts are susceptible to
salmonella bacteria. Raw chicken should not
come in contact with other foods. Always
wash the work surfaces, cutting boards,
knives and other utensils with hot soapy
water after preparing raw chicken. Wash your
hands as well.