How to Quickly Thaw a Whole Frozen Chicken
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A whole chicken allows you to feed many people. Whole chickens are typically found frozen at supermarkets, and you need to thaw them completely so that you can cook them to a safe internal temperature of 73.9 degrees Celsius.
If you are pressed for time, you will not be able to thaw the whole chicken in the refrigerator. You can quickly thaw a whole chicken in cold water or in the microwave, then proceed to cook the chicken the way you prefer.
Place the whole frozen chicken in an airtight bag.
Fill a sink full of cold water. Never use hot water to thaw the chicken. You will need enough to cover the chicken completely. Place the chicken in the sink.
- A whole chicken allows you to feed many people.
- Never use hot water to thaw the chicken.
Change the water every 30 minutes until the chicken thaws completely. Thawing time using this method is about 1 hour per pound.
Remove the whole chicken from its package.
Place the whole chicken on a microwaveable dish.
Place cling film loosely over the whole chicken. Move the defrost setting on the microwave to medium-low. Check your user's guide, as some models will allow you to enter the weight of the chicken.
- Change the water every 30 minutes until the chicken thaws completely.
Press the defrost button. Follow any directions that your microwave gives you. Defrost the whole chicken for 2 minutes. Check on the chicken frequently to feel for ice crystals inside the cavity. Continue to defrost the chicken in 2-minute intervals. The defrosting time will vary according to the size of the chicken and the power of your microwave.
- Remove the giblets from the chicken's cavity once you thaw it.
- Do not thaw a whole chicken at room temperature.
- Cook a chicken immediately after you defrost it to prevent the growth of bacteria.
Angela LaFollette holds a Bachelor of Arts in advertising with a minor in political science from Marshall University. LaFollette found her passion for writing during an internship as a reporter for "The West Virginia Standard" in 2007. She has more than six years of writing experience and specializes in topics in garden and pets.