Do I have to throw it out??
So yesterday evening I bought a lovely, plump, chicken, planning to roast it on a string in the fireplace, and forgot it in the grocery bag on the back porch. Put it in the fridge at about 4 am when I remembered it.
It was probably about 40 degrees on the porch.
I have to throw it out, right??
(just want someone to tell me it's good !!!!!! LOL)
Okay -- it's good. I mean it.
I'm going to assume that the chicken was either wrapped in cellophane from the market, or if purchased from a butcher, it was at least wrapped in wax paper and Kraft paper. The chicken was only "out" from, let's say 6:00 when you got home until 4 a.m. That's less than half a day. I'd tell you to keep the bird even if it was 50 degrees out.
But you said it was 40 degrees on the porch. Go take a look at your refrigerator thermometer. It probably reads 40 degrees. You see, you're chicken's okay, I swear!
Chicken is a lot hardier when it's left out than many people think. And when properly wrapped and chilled, it lasts far longer than many people think, too.