How Long Does Cooked Chicken Last in the Fridge?

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Wondering how long cooked chicken lasts in the fridge? We know the answer!

Did you know Americans eat more chicken than beef? Chicken surpassed beef in 2014 for the first time in 100 years, and it’s stayed on top.

It’s probably because people are becoming more health conscious. Chicken is known for being a leaner meat.

Plus, it’s easier on our wallets. Beef prices have risen and can be more than double the cost of chicken per pound.

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Americans eat a total of 160 million servings of chicken per day. On average, each American eats 60 pounds of chicken a year.

With all that chicken being consumed, it’s a good idea to cover food safety and storage.

First things first. Don’t miss our article on storing raw chicken.

You’ll need that information before you get to the point of dealing with cooked chicken, right?

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How Long Does Cooked Chicken Last in the Fridge?

Cooked chicken can stay in the fridge for 3-4 days. After that, you’ll need to toss it to avoid food poisoning.

Make sure you refrigerate your chicken within two hours of cooking it. Store the cooked chicken in a sealed container or in a dish covered with plastic wrap or foil.

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Freezing Cooked Chicken

If you have leftover, cooked chicken that won’t be consumed within 3-4 days, you can freeze it. Place the chicken in one or more freezer bags and press out the air before sealing.

For best quality, eat the chicken within 2-6 months. Frozen chicken nuggets or patties should be consumed within 1-3 months.

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Chicken Recipes

Now that you know how to properly store cooked chicken, check out some of our favorite recipes! How about this Garlic Baked Chicken, White Chicken Enchilada Skillet or these Slow Cooker Chicken Parmesan Sliders?

During grilling season, try these Grilled Chicken Drumsticks with Chili Lime or this Grilled Chicken Caesar Salad.

Enjoy!

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Chicken Recipes

    Slow Cooker Creamy White Chicken Chili is a comforting, flavorful soup that you will want to warm up with every night. The combination of chicken, green chiles, and beans with cream cheese and heavy cream makes for a variety of textures with just the right amount of spice. Plus it’s all made in the slow cooker, so it’s the easiest recipe ever!
    Chicken Satay Stir Fry - all the flavors of your traditional chicken satay served on skewers, but in a stir fry form over rice as a quick and easy dinner! Heck yeah.
    Instant Pot Jambalaya is a comforting meal that can be made in under an hour and feeds an army of people. Get your spicy on!
    Easy Chicken Fajitas - skip going out and make chicken fajitas at home! Super easy to make any night of the week, take your taco night to a whole new level!
    This Instant Pot chicken taco soup is so fast and easy to make and everyone loves it! It's one of our favourite meals - just throw everything in the Instant Pot, hit start, and dinner is ready in half an hour!
    Buffalo Chicken Puff Pastry Pizza is the epitome of easy dinner. Grab a rotisserie chicken on your way home from work, you're gonna need it!
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