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PLEASE ADVISE - I accidentally spilled some of the juices from the plastic of the roasting chicken into my soup!

I (very stupidly) opened the chicken over the crock pot and some of the juices spilled into the soup. I was able to catch most of it but probably 1/4 cup went in.
Is it okay? will is cook off? HELP!

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  1. It should be heated enough by the time that the soup is done cooking (including cooking the chicken, as I'm assuming the chicken is going into the crockpot as well?), that there won't be any issue. It's mostly water that has been injected into the chicken, and yes, while it has "chicken juice" in it as well, any bacteria issues should be negated by its heating - especially if you have a newer crockpot that cooks at a higher temp (anything newer than 15 years old).

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    1. re: LindaWhit

      Thanks LindaWhit, yes the chicken is in there cooking the whole time. 4-5 hours in HIGH. My crock pot is newer and definitely cooks stuff quicker than the recipes say. Usually in almost half the time!

      1. re: kaypizzle

        Exactly - if you're cooking on high in a new crockpot, it'll be bubbling away vs. the simmer it used to be. Should be no issue.

    2. I would bring it to a boil for several minutes.

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      1. re: weezieduzzit

        I will do that for sure, cant be too safe, right?

        1. re: weezieduzzit

          The OP could check the temperature in the crock pot with a kitchen thermometer. A crock pot simmering at 165 F would be in the safe zone for killing salmonella.

          1. re: weezieduzzit

            I'd definitely boil it first. It will be in the danger zone where bacteria multiply like crazy for quite awile.

          2. is the chicken raw....? it's fine. don't worry.

            1. 165°F / 74°C is nearly instantaneous death for the vast majority of foodbourne pathogens including salmonella, which would be the main concern here. If your soup was at least at a low simmer (and it sounds like it easily was), whatever bugs there may have been were wiped out within a second or two of contact. No need to boil.

              1. I do that intentionally. Any natural juices will only improve the soup.

                1. Once it's come up to temp, your crock pot going to maintain at between 210 and 215 whether on low or high. It just will take longer on low to reach it's maintainance temp.

                  1. Just bring to boil and stir a bit. It'll be fine.

                    1. If i understand correctly, chicken juices and raw chicken got in the bowl?

                      No need to worry about juices then, chicken pieces become main "concern", because they are essentially chicken juice afterall. If chicken is cooked and safe to eat, you can be sure that any liquid that came in contact with it and went in the bowl at the same time was safe to eat a long while before the chicken itself was ok to eat (well, almost instateneously if soup is at say 160-165F or reach that temperature at some point).