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Old Chicken, eat or toss?

Ive got a whole chicken in my fridge that I've put off cooking for about 3 weeks (yeah.. I know). Its still in the store packaging, never opened, refrigerated the whole time.

do i cook it or throw it out?

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  1. 3 weeks - wow! That seems like a long time to hold raw chicken in the fridge. Is there a "best by," "sell by" or "use by" date on the packaging? Unless there is one that is at most only a few days ago, I would toss it.

    1. I would cut the plastic packaging and give it a sniff. My guess is that it will stink pretty bad. Frankly, I would probably leave it in the refrigerator until trash pickup day and then toss it. (Actually, I would put it in the trash today because it's around 20° in our garage.)

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      1. re: John E.

        I would wear goggles if you open it, it might explode!

        1. re: John E.

          Your second solution gets my vote. That bird has to reek to high heaven.

              1. re: SaraAshley

                I was wondering that too. Or maybe a test to see how far one has to go to get a Chowhound consensus on "toss it."

                1. re: cookie monster

                  This thread just might be the first time there is a unanimous vote to toss a food product that is questionable.

                  1. re: cookie monster

                    That's what I thought. I often read similar threads like this and laugh. Hell, I've actually considered posting a really ridiculous one as a joke myself, but I decided to be good. :)

                    1. re: SaraAshley

                      Me too! "I bought some raw milk at a local dairy farm. Unfortunately, I forgot it in the trunk of my car and then went out of town for a week. The car was parked outside and the average day time temperature while I was away was about 85'. I haven't opened the jug yet to smell it, but it still looks ok, just a little chunky. Do you think it's safe to drink?"