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Say for example I had some marinated cooked chicken that I put in the freezer.

Would it be safe to defrost this cooked chicken and put it in say a sandwich without reheating it through first. I know its safe to eat cake out of the freezer, but I Was wondering about meat, whether it was different.

Thankyou :)

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My question to you is: Why? Why would you want to do such a thing? –  dotnetengineer Feb 28 '12 at 22:27

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There is no mention on the fact sheet of needing to recook previously cooked, frozen chicken. However, be mindful of proper defrosting techniques, as not doing so may open the food up to contamination.

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fsis.usda.gov/Factsheets/Big_Thaw/index.asp says that you can refreeze w/o cooking if you thaw in the fridge, you should be fine eating it too. –  derobert Feb 27 '12 at 22:54

Iceland sell frozen pre-cooked chicken drumsticks that you just defrost and eat and do NOT require cooking according to their instructions. They wouldn't be allowed to do that if it wasn't safe.

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It's safer than eating cooked meat than has been stored in the refrigerator. More bacteria grows in the refrigerator than the freezer.

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I wouldn't. Freezing does not kill everything that lives on food and cooking food to a minimum internal temperature kills most microbes (but not all).

You're better off keeping raw chicken and marinade separate then combining as and when you require it.

Taken from US Department of Agriculture’s Food Safety and Inspection Service fact sheet:

Is Frozen Food Safe?

...Freezing keeps food safe by slowing the movement of molecules, causing microbes to enter a dormant stage...

...Once thawed, however, these microbes can again become active, multiplying under the right conditions to levels that can lead to foodborne illness.

Taken from FoodSafety.gov Safe Minimum Cooking Temperatures:

Use this chart and a food thermometer to ensure that meat, poultry, seafood, and other cooked foods reach a safe minimum internal temperature.

Poultry: 165F / 74C

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I never thought I'd find myself saying this here, but this is actually going too far in terms of food safety. Cooked food will be safer having been frozen and properly defrosted than just sitting in the fridge - and refrigerated cooked meat is also considered safe. The USDA warning simply states that frozen food is not sterilized and that leaving it in the temperature danger zone for > 2 hours (cumulative from when cooking stopped to when the temperature went above 4° C) is just as unsafe for previously-frozen foods as it is for refrigerated. –  Aaronut Feb 26 '12 at 13:10

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