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Feb 6, 2009 08:38 AM

how can i quickly defrost a chicken without a micro wave any suggestions?

any suggestions on a quick way to defrost a quartered chicken for dinner tonight?

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  1. put the pieces in a big bowl of cool water. Replace the water every half hour or so so it stays cool.

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    1. or just run a constant stream of hot water over it.

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      1. re: italianagambino


        Running cold water is fine, and will thaw the bird faster than you would think. Hot water gets it into the bacteria breeding zone and puts you in danger of some nasty bugs.

        Yeah, the odds are slim, but its a risk you just don't need to take.

        1. re: Pylon

          Have to agree. I think Alton Brown did a clip on defrosting and running water was the winning method. Hot water will not only increase risks of illness but can spot cook the surface of the meat.

      2. I put the chicken in a zip lock bag, then do what others have suggested. I find that the chicken doesn't get as waterlogged.

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        1. re: susan1353

          I do the same (in a zip lock) but weigh it down so that it is completely submerged. I never use the microwave to defrost as this method allows for even defrosting.

        2. I also submerge the chicken in cold water, leave it in its wrapping,and a plastic bag, then submerge. It doesn't happen fast, but it will cut some time down. As others said, don't microwave it though....

          1. I, too, submerge my chicken in a big bowl, protected in a zip lock bag, but in warm water. Chicken pieces defrost in about 15-20 minutes, depending on the size of your chicken.