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Marinating chicken in fridge 2 days--OK to eat?

zorra Apr 27, 2008 02:42 PM

I started marinating some chicken breasts last night, intending to grill them tonight. Our plans have changed and we will not be cooking at home tonight. Will the chicken be OK to cook tomorrow night, or should I freeze it now? TIA.

  1. zorra May 1, 2008 03:34 PM

    Thanks, folks--they were fine.

    1. BobB Apr 29, 2008 11:15 AM

      Safetywise they'll be fine, but depending on the marinade they could be quite strongly flavored - not necessarily a bad thing, but again, depends on the marinade.

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      1. re: BobB
        MartinDC May 1, 2008 12:50 PM

        Breast meat will not absorb too much so they should be okay. Dark meat will absorb the flavors much more readily, though, and will taste more of the marinade.

        If the marinade is highly acidic (vinegars and citrus), letting the meat sit too long will make it tough.

      2. ipsedixit Apr 28, 2008 09:24 PM

        It'll be ok.

        My turn out a bit dry, but otherwise safe to eat.

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          KRS Apr 28, 2008 06:45 PM

          To paraphrase Duke Ellington, if it smells good, it IS good.

          1. foxy fairy Apr 28, 2008 10:28 AM

            I've done this several times (oops, plans change) in several different marinades. No problem -- tastes delicious, and I've never had a texture problem either. good luck!

            1. C. Hamster Apr 28, 2008 10:17 AM

              Depending on what they are soaking it they could be a mess tomorrow. Especially if there is acid in the marinade.

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              1. re: C. Hamster
                MartinDC May 1, 2008 12:47 PM

                Acid in the marinade might make them tough. It sets the proteins and "cooks" without heat. Like the lime in ceviche.

              2. scubadoo97 Apr 27, 2008 02:44 PM

                Cook them tomorrow and don't worry. How long did have them in the fridge after buying them?

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                1. re: scubadoo97
                  zorra Apr 27, 2008 02:53 PM

                  I bought them late yesterday afternoon and started marinating them within an hour after I brought them home, so they should be OK. Thanks.

                  1. re: zorra
                    HSBSteveM Apr 27, 2008 05:34 PM

                    That will be no prob. Beyond that, you would want to freeze them, which makes for an easy thaw & grill without having to make a marinade.

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