Although poultry (chicken in particular) is considered to be a healthy type of meat (white meat vs. red meat), the breast is still considered its best part. Chicken breast is meaty, and it’s also the chicken part that’s lowest in fat and cholesterol.
In this article, I will show you how to tell if chicken breast is bad. In fact, I will talk about chicken, in general (not just the breast part). You can, therefore, apply the things you will learn here not just on chicken breasts but on chicken legs, thighs, wings, etc.
I will also cover the basic tests on how to tell if a chicken is good or bad – whether they’re raw or cooked. You see, raw chicken (or chicken parts) will carry different characteristics from cooked chicken dishes as the meat will no longer be raw.
Basic Tests to Tell if Food is Bad
To tell if a food is bad (chicken, in particular), there are some basic tests that you can perform to see if you can still eat it or if it’s better to just throw it away. Here are some of the things to consider:
Tips to Checking Raw Chicken
Before cooking a particular chicken recipe, make sure that the raw chicken or chicken parts you’re about to use are still fresh and safe for consumption. Below is a list on the things that you should check on before cooking raw chicken.
Tips to Checking Raw Frozen Chicken
Although you have stored raw chicken in the freezer, it’s still necessary to check its freshness before proceeding with the cooking part. Consider the following points:
Note: To be able to really check the condition of raw frozen chicken meat, it would be necessary to thaw the meat first. You can then treat it like fresh raw chicken and check for freshness using the guide I gave you above.
Tips to Checking Cooked Chicken
Needless to say, it’s a little more difficult to check on the quality or condition of chicken when it’s already cooked. Raw chicken, in its fresh state, should look, smell, and feel fresh.
On the other hand, cooked chicken can carry different scents and tastes because of the other ingredients used in the recipe. Still, you can use the points below as reference guide when checking on the condition of a chicken dish.
How to Tell if Chicken is Bad
I am not encouraging you to throw away food (chicken, in particular) if it’s still good – as this is tantamount to throwing away money. However, if the food is no longer safe for consumption, it would really be wise to simply discard it.
This post has covered the many signs you can look into when checking if raw chicken, chicken breast, and cooked chicken dishes are already bad. With such knowledge, you can now safely cook raw chicken (or chicken parts) without putting your health in danger. And it’s the same thing with cooked chicken dishes – as you already know how to tell if they’re no longer good for consumption.
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