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May 16, 2013 11:47 PM

Nervous about chicken prep mistake!

Hi everyone, I messed up making dinner tonight and it's making me nervous! I dredged some chicken and put it on a plate before cooking it. I rinsed the plate - not hot water and didn't scrub - and dried it with a paper towel. It was just to get it out of the way, but then I got rushed and accidentally picked up the plate when I was taking the cooked chicken off the heat. I finished it in the microwave, so the plate was in the microwave for about 2-3 minutes. I really stress about salmonella or other bacteria with chicken and I'm really kicking myself over it! I'm usually so careful about washing everything and getting fresh plates/utensils when handling raw meat. What are the chances I contaminated the family with the mistake?! The chicken was dredged so it wasn't sitting in lots of juice or anything, and I did rinse the plate off. I'm really hoping no one will get ill, but I'm very worried!

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  1. Don't worry about it. The odds are greatly on your side that no one will get sick.

    1. Not to be cavalier about it, but what difference, at this point, does it make? You have already served the food and there is no action you can take to undo that or to prevent any possible ill effects. So what is the point of worrying about it. As the previous poster said, the odds are on your side anyway.

      1. I wont say you have absolutely, positively have nothing to worry about with 100% certainty, but I'd be more worried about a meteor hitting my house and killing everyone inside.

          1. I wouldn't stress over it. I've accidentally eaten chicken that I ultimately found out wasn't cooked all the way through and survived it many times.

            People cross contaminate with chicken all the time and don't even realize it.

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            1. re: Atomic76

              I have to confess to being VERY lax about the whole chicken/egg/wash-very-well thing too. I know I should hot water and soap wash after handling raw chicken or eggs before touching other things, but I rarely do that.

              Guess some day this may come back and get me, but...

              1. re: Atomic76

                The reason it is advisable to be careful to avoid cross contamination or undercooking with chicken is not because adverse consequences are common, but because when they do occur, they can be extremely serious.

                  1. re: jbsiegel

                    That said, rinsing off a plate and nuking it for 3 minutes is *really* unlikely to cause issues.