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Aug 22, 2006 09:48 PM

Quick help pls - chicken "smells"

I bought a whole chicken and had it quartered on Sunday afternoon. It's been in the fridge until about 1 hour ago - went to prepare it to roast, and there's a bit of a funny smell - is it off? Thanks so much ....

Just realized - the butcher threw the chicken liver in there - could that have contributed to this smell?

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  1. What does "funny" mean? In any event, I'd say two days in the fridge should be fine - assuming it was fresh when you bought it.

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    1. re: iain

      Well, it has a smell that I do not normally encounter when opening a chicken ..... that is what is worrying me, but now I wonder if it could be caused by the liver.

      1. re: MMRuth

        I don't think the liver would add any "funny smell" to an otherwise fresh chicken. If the chicken smells off, I would toss it, who knows how it might have been stored before you bought it. Better safe than sorry.

        1. re: MMRuth

          I wouldn't take a chance with chicken if it smells off, but I think it might be the liver. I had a friend who used to eat chicken livers all the time and the smell was very different then the rest of the chicken.

      2. As they taught us in culinary school...When in doubt, throw it out. Are the few dollars you paid for a chicken worth the risk of getting sick.

        1. Throw it out! I had this happen a few months ago (it was even less time than you had yours) and it was just plain bad chicken!

          1. Another vote for throw it out.

            1. Thanks - now I have to figure out what to cook - chicken in the trash.