I inadvertantly left frozen chicken out to dethaw overnight, this morning once discovered I put it back in the fridge. It doesn't smell bad, and I was wondering if it was bad. If I still cooked, would it cause any problems?
I know that this goes against all that you say in your site, but I'm just wondering...
I can't believe I forgot it overnight!
I do that all the time because I know how to fix "broken rules" :-)! To ensure meat I've thawed at room temperature is safe to eat, I cook it to the temperature that destroys microbes. In this case, cook the chicken to 180-degrees F. I use a meat thermometer to compensate for my rule-breaking. You can also tell chicken is done when the juices that run from it are clear (not red), the flesh is white or brown, especially near the bones, and the flesh is not rubbery.
Hope this helps,
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