Food safety

Asked July 25, 2014, 2:35 PM EDT

How long can cooked chicken sit out?

Delaware food safety food chicken cooking

1 Response

To keep food safe the recommendation is to not leave foods out at room temperature for longer than 2 hours. This would include any time you are handling food including storing, preparing and serving. Even though salmonella, the bacteria associated with poultry would be destroyed (as long as you cook the chicken to the internal temperature of 165 degrees F.) there may be other pathogens on the chicken that are not destroyed during the cooking process. So best practice is to minimize time spent at room temperature to 2 hours. To keep foods safe, they should be kept in the refrigerator (under 40 degrees F) or kept hot (over 140 degrees F.)

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Thanks for your question, Maria