So, being dumb, I got my chicken all thawed out before I remembered that my friend still has my soup pot. I got the chicken crammed into a smaller pot, but I can't get the water to quite cover it. I hoped it would cook down enough for the water to cover it, and it did cook down a little bit, but there is still a teeny bit above the water. I took a picture of it:


Should I be ok with that? Maybe cook it a bit longer? I'd hate to throw it out but heck I don't want Salmonella.

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You will be fine. As the chicken softens, and with a bit of a stir, it will all get cooked. the steam and conductive heat will cook and keep safe even the minuscule portion above the water line.

  • I'll add that if @Aurast is paranoid, taking the temperature with a food thermometer ought to remove all doubt. I suspect it'll be well over 160°F.
    – derobert
    Mar 27, 2013 at 22:17
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    @SAJ14SAJ do you sleep? ; ) Mar 27, 2013 at 22:59
  • @ferdiesfoodlab Not as much as I would like, no. And SA is one of the things I do when cannot.
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Mar 27, 2013 at 23:08
  • Well, I ate it, and it was good :) Crossing my fingers that I'm still thinking that in a few days! But it's true, I'm paranoid.
    – Outback
    Mar 27, 2013 at 23:47

Also if you put a lit on - it will cook. It will basically steam the exposed chicken!!

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