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Dec 23, 2009 09:07 PM

Chicken wrapped in bacon for 26 hours, any bacteria worries before cooking?

Hi Everyone,

I'm trying to get ahead of the game and doing some prep work tonight for a few things to make on Christmas. Chopping stuff up, pre-measuring, etc... for the most part.

I'm also making these little guys..

I cut up the chicken, wrapped them in the bacon, coated them in the mix, and put them in a roasting pan covered in the refrigerator with aluminum foil.

Are they ok sitting for about 36 hours like that? They're going to cooked at 350* for 30-35 minutes, but it wasn't until I was completely done that the "Hey... you're putting pig and chicken together, that's normally bad." ran through my head. :


Thank you in advance!

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  1. Sounds completely fine, as long as your chicken was fresh to start with. The sugar and salty bacon will help against bacteria too. I see nothing wrong with mixing pork and chicken if you cook them thoroughly.

    1. There's nothing magical about letting chicken touch pork. The bacon is extremely unlikely to have any nasty action, assuming it's fresh. Your chicken is much more likely to be carrying some kind of bug, but you're going to cook it. If your chicken is well within its fresh date, there's no issue whatsoever.

      However, I don't think these particular bites will benefit from aging. I'd try to make them a bit closer to cooking time than a day and a half next time.

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      1. re: dmd_kc

        Thank you to to two of you. :) I had hoped that was the case, but was slightly fearful of getting a call on the 26th that various family members were ill.

        1. re: scorp508

          If you get that call but I would attribute it to the booze.



          1. re: scorp508

            Oh, I have that fear with every single dish I serve to anyone. And yes, I inherited it from my mother. Have a great Christmas!