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Can you re-freeze chicken?

I defrosted a lot of chicken over a 36 hour period starting Saturday morning.  I have not had time to cook it since then:  my hope had been to cook it on Sunday, but it was still rock-solid all that day.  Now I'm going away for 2-3 days. 

As i see it, my options are either to cook it this morning and freeze that, or to refreeze the package and go through this process again when I come back from the holiday on Saturday.  Perhaps I could unwrap it, re-wrap it in 2-breast piece packages, and freeze those. 

I don't know if cooking it this morning would be successful:  the other ingredients have aged a bit, and I'm not sure if they're still usable.  I'd have to find other recipes that would work with what I still have.  There's also the matter of my having other cooking to do, for the holiday. 

What do you think?

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platypus
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:02 pm (UTC)
The USDA says it's okay but that the texture might not be quite as good afterward. Come to think of it, I suppose I do this rather a lot, because the chicken I buy at the grocery store sometimes shows signs of having previously been frozen, and I think nothing of putting it in the freezer. Any sites that say it's unsafe seem to be more concerned about whether you let it get above 40 degrees or did some other unsafe thing while thawing the first time. If it's been handled safely, I think I'd put it back in the freezer rather than trying to cook it all.
np_complete
Nov. 25th, 2010 06:22 pm (UTC)
Thank you! Into the freezer it has gone.
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