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I left my frozen whole chicken (about 3-4 lbs) in cold water overnight by accident. I am going to boil it for soup. Is it still ok?

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closed as too localized by Aaronut Feb 16 '13 at 16:26

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See also:… – SAJ14SAJ Jan 28 '13 at 14:18
We don't accept these questions anymore. Please see the food-safety wiki and specifically point #2. – Aaronut Feb 16 '13 at 16:26

The answer to this is the same as the answer to every food safety question involving meat and other highly perishable foods: how long as it in the danger zone (40 - 140 F, approximately 4 - 60 C)? If it was in the unsafe range for more than 2-4 hours, it is a risk. The higher the temperature within the zone, generally the riskier it is.

You must assess how large a risk you consider that to be. I certainly would not have anyone at risk (children, elderly, compromised immune systems) eat the chicken. I would not eat it myself, unless the water was 40 F or lower--that is quite cold--but if that is the case, then it was essentially refrigerated under water, which would be fine.

If you were operating a restaurant, you would certainly be required to discard the food if it was left in cool room temperature water overnight.

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thanks. that 's what I thought but my husband and I were in disagreement! – Jay Jan 28 '13 at 14:28
+1 for "the same as every other food safety question." – mikeTheLiar Jan 29 '13 at 13:37 this will answer your whole question. At the end of the day its entirely up to you but have a read.

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