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I cooked some chicken in the slow cooker and stored the leftovers in the fridge. I put it all into a sealed tupperware container, but I put the chicken in with the liquid.

It just occurred to me that storing the chicken in liquid might have been a bad idea. It's been about 4 days now, is it still ok to eat? Does the liquid or the slow cooker change how long it could be stored for?


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Assuming it has been treated appropriately in all other ways (not being left out at in the "danger zone" of 40-140 F / 4-60 C for more than about two hours commulative over the entire life time, raw and cooked)) cooked chicken should last 3-4 days in the refrigerator.

See for example, the example of fried chicken per South Carolina's Department of Health and Environmental Control. It is the only example of cooked chicken in the list, but should be well representative. Similarly, Still Tasty advises 3-4 days on chicken broth, which would represent the juice or gravy—they indicate the same for chicken Parmesan.

You may be noticing a trend here: all chicken based dishes have about the same storage lifetime.

The fact that it is stored with the juice or gravy, or that you cooked it in a slow cooker is not really important.

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That's good info. For some reason I just always assumed chicken went bad faster in liquid...I'm not sure where I got that from. Thanks mate! – boolean May 18 '13 at 17:44

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