Here's How To Tell If Chicken Has Gone Bad

Ever throw a package of frozen chicken in the fridge to defrost and then forget about it for a few days? Then find yourself wracking your brain trying to figure out whether it’s still safe to cook? It’s a tough conundrum.

On the one hand, the consequences of chicken-borne food poisoning are too terrible to contemplate — you may not die, but you’ll probably spend a few days wishing that you would. On the other, you probably spent at least half a paycheck at Whole Foods on those organic, free-range chicken legs. So what should you do? How can you really tell if your chicken’s gone bad?

Luckily, there are a few ways to tell whether that chicken is still good or not. The first thing you should do is go back in time and try to figure out when you put your chicken in the refrigerator to thaw. The U.S. government advises that two days is the maximum amount of time that raw chicken should spend chillin’ in the fridge. If the chicken was frozen when it went in, however, the clock doesn’t start ticking until it has thawed out.

For what it’s worth, according to StillTasty, 1 pound of cut-up frozen chicken parts may take up to 24 hours to thaw, as will a whole bird of up to 5 pounds. Two pounds of chicken parts or a whole 10-pound chicken may take up to two days to fully thaw.

If your memory isn’t all that, however, and you’re still not sure if your chicken is within the safety window, just open the package and take a look. Is the flesh still in the pink? Chicken starts to turn a greyish shade as it spoils, so if you see even one single shade of grey, chuck that chicken as fast as you can.

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You can also use your sense of smell and touch to make sure your bird is A-OK. To pass the sniff test, your chicken shouldn’t have any sour, pungent, or “off” odors, and it should definitely not be giving off a whiff of ammonia. If anything about that chicken smells fishy, wrap it up again and take it straight outside to the garbage can.

And sure, it might feel kinda gross, but you can also go ahead and touch that raw chicken flesh with your bare fingers. Raw chicken will always feel a bit slippery, but if the flesh is downright sticky or if it feels like there’s some kind of thick coating on there, that chicken is very likely coated with some bad bacteria, so you should remove it from your house ASAP. And make sure you wash your hands afterwards, too.

So what about cooked chicken? Well, while cooking your chicken will delay the spoiling process by a few more days, even cooked chicken is only edible for a limited period of time. What’s more, cooked chicken must be refrigerated within an hour of coming out of the oven, otherwise it will start to breed bacteria. Once refrigerated, cooked chicken can only be kept for three days max, unless you freeze it, in which case it should last up to four months — or six months if used in a soup, stew, or casserole.

If you’re not quite sure whether the cooked chicken in your fridge has gone bad, it’ll likely also give you an odor indicator. As chicken tends to absorb some of the aromas of whatever else is in your fridge, the best way to check it is to take it out of the fridge, unwrap it, and then give it a good sniff. If it smells at all funky, get rid of it. If you’re still not sure, look at the color. Cooked chicken should be white or brown, so if it’s starting to look grey, green or blue, consider it finished.

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But beyond all this, the first and most important rule of safe chicken consumption is this: when in doubt, throw it out. Safety first, after all, and it’s always worth going to any length to avoid a bad bout of food poisoning.

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Bahama ghost

Shitty bullshit video. Don’t want to hear that you can’t afford to shop at Whole Foods. Liberal cry baby

Muscles From Brussels

I mean even if your chicken smells quite badly, it doesn’t mean it’s spoiled… The water in the chicken will smell bad pretty much everytime when defrosted…

Ian Miles Chungus

My chicken smelled like boiled eggs so I just threw it out. What a waste

Smt. P. B.

Maam, please tell … Today I have marinated chicken with oil, salt and turmeric … But forgot to keep it in fridge..
Then I keep it in fridge approximately after 8 hours..
Should we eat it … Please tell.. 🙏🙏🙏

So, nobody is talking about the women eating raw chicken from refrigerator.

2 days in the fridge????????!!!! How long had it been since the chicken was killed then refrigerated and on the shelf sitting in a NON ENCLOSED open supermarket fridge "shelf"

jacob marley

2 days in the fridge is insane, makes me question every other piece of information. Even the ones i agree with!


I searched "why does my chicken smell weird ?" , it gives this weird , strong eggy smell when it's been cooked or when you smell it .

Michael Corcoran

I took a chance tonight… we'll see how it goes lol

Magic Spells713

I always go with the smell test if it even slightly smells like ass im throwing it out 💯


Best way is to smell, and ur intuition will be the best judge? Don' t think twice

ClayDog MadMan

What the?… Young lady chewing into raw chicken… Oh man…

So, Nobody is not going to say anything about the woman eating raw chicken cutlet at the open fridge. SHEESH🤦‍♀️

antonette stark

Yo … did that human just took a big savory bite of RAW CHICKEN?!?!?!???!!?!?!?!?!?!? Stop playing games with me man

Black Wolf

Bra 😶 did she just eat a pice of raw chicken out of the fridge🤔 IAM cool no rap version🤨🤣🤣🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂🤣😂!!! LMAO 🤣😆😄😃😂😀

Matt Chessco

My chicken spent 2 weeks in the fridge. It was smelly and sticky. I got rid of the sticky thing by cleaning it. Then I cooked it hoping it would kill the bacterias. I took it out of the oven and it was still smelling really bad so I went to Google for advices and I'm so happy I found this video. This chicken is going straight to the landfill with the seagulls

if chicken lasts only 2 days raw in the fridge, what do grocery stores do with all the chicken that wasn't bought??

this is why i don't like buying meat. it's too much of a hassle to deal with in the kitchen

Ernest Alleva

they get dumb and dumber. Chicken will smell horrible when bad. Just smell it. YOU will know

Pizza goes splat

The smell is the most obvious thing and even when missed the taste is also obvious. Its just too powerful to miss. Two days? sounds like your very paranoid. I've often had chicken in the fridge for four or five days with no issue. Its probably been on a supermarket shelf for two days. Lol

Bob Frantz

two days..ive kept thawed chicken for up to five or more days before cooking…cooked ive kept for up to at least five days also…but thanks for the tips


It's gone if it smells funky, is sticky and/or is discolored. There, just saved you 3:45 of your life.

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