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Dec 2, 2008 04:31 PM

Slightly stinky chicken... Am I crazy or is it okay?

I have to admit, I'm a procrastinator of the highest degree. I end up letting stuff sit in the refrigerator for a few days on a regular basis.

So I have this good chicken I bought, and it was jussssst starting to have that stinky smell.. I cut it up, washed it up, and I didn't think it was that bad.. But if I was my mom, it would have been in the garbage for sure..

Am I risking something other than perhaps taste? I made sure I used a recipe where the chicken was cooked several times throughout the process (onion/wine/gruyere sauce, finished in the oven)

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  1. > it was jussssst starting to have that stinky smell

    i think you have enough evidence right there to chuck it in the bin :)

    i bought fresh chicken that smelled a bit off. i doubted myself, then paid for it in the end :( never again!

    1. Raw chicken should NEVER sit in the fridge more than 1-2 days. The old adage is "if in doubt, throw it out!" and I completely agree. Food poisoning is not worth it.

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      1. re: anni

        i brine birds for 2 days but thats curing for smoke and bbq.

        1. re: anni

          That can't be right anni. Most chicken I buy in my local supermarket has a "display until" date that is usually 2 or 3 days after the date I'm buying it and the "Use by" date is often another 2 to 3 days after that "display until" date. And those dates are usually conservative. That means properly refrigerated chicken can safely sit in the fridge for at least 4-5 days.

          1. re: frobe

            On the other hand, I've bought chicken that was way before it's sell by date, and stank to high heaven when I opened it up, and I returned it for a refund. But I agree with you that, yes, theoretically, it should be safe for that long, but I think it often isn't. Chicken is one area in which I am very conservative when it comes to food safety issues.

        2. Agree with the others completely. Prepare a side of pepto and clear your calendar for the next 48 hours if you eat that rank chicken. It shouldn't smell at all, not even a little. Washing it off does nothing to kill the bacteria that are definitely living on it.

          1. Me and food poisoning have a history anyways.. Couple tips.

            Never eat at a place called "Chicken and Pizza"...


            Don't save warm mayonnaise for later...

            As far as the chicken goes, I guess we're going to see. The bacteria has been assimilated. I promise not to post from the bathroom!

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