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Chicken Preparation Tips:

Here are some quick tips below on how to safely prepare your Springer Mountain Farms chicken.

Defrosting Chicken:

  • Never thaw chicken out in the open, such as on a counter top.
  • It is best to thaw out chicken in a timely manner and in the refrigerator. Plan ahead and allow the chicken to thaw out overnight.
  • Chicken may defrost in its container or another form of air tight packaging submerged in cold water. A whole bird will thaw in approximately two to three hours. Chicken parts or halves will thaw in up to one hour.
  • Another safe way to defrost chicken is in the microwave. Be sure to cook chicken immediately after thawing, because certain parts of the chicken may have begun to cook while thawing.

Cooking Chicken:

  • The FSIS recommends cooking chicken meat to a minimum internal temperature of 165F.
Type of Chicken Weight Roasting 350 °F Simmering Grilling
Whole broiler fryer+ 3 to 4 lbs. 1 1/4 - 1 1/2 hrs. 60 to 75 min. 60 to 75 min*
Whole roasting hen+ 5 to 7 lbs. 2 to 2 1/4 hrs. 1 3/4 to 2 hrs. 18-25 min/lb*
Breast halves, bone-in 6 to 8 oz. 30 to 40 min. 35 to 45 min. 10 - 15 min/side
Breast halves, boneless 4 ounces 20 to 30 min. 25 to 30 min. 6 to 8 min/side
Legs or Thighs 8 or 4 oz. 40 to 50 min. 40 to 50 min. 10 - 15 min/side
Drumsticks 4 ounces 35 to 45 min. 40 to 50 min. 8 to 12 min/side
Wings or Wingettes 2 to 3 oz. 30 to 40 min. 35 to 45 min. 8 to 12 min/side

+ Unstuffed. If stuffed, add 15 to 30 minutes additional time.
* Indirect method using drip pan.

Storage Times:

  • Be sure to purchase the product before expiration date.
  • Keep chicken in its packaging until use.
  • At normal refrigeration temperatures, or below 40F, a whole chicken may be stored for one to two days.
  • At normal refrigeration temperatures, or below 40F, leftover cooked chicken may be stored for three to four days.
  • At normal refrigeration temperatures, or below 40F, cooked chicken dishes, casseroles or soups may be stored for three to four days.
  • At normal refrigeration temperatures, or below 40F, cooked chicken pieces covered in a broth or gravy may be kept for one to two days.


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