How to Freeze a Chicken Thigh

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Purchasing chicken in bulk when it's on sale and storing it for later use is an easy, economical way to keep food on hand. Chicken thighs freeze well, but require special attention to prevent altering taste and texture. Freeze chicken thighs singly for faster defrosting. Frozen chicken thighs are safe to eat for up to nine months, but are best when used within one month. Whether your chicken thighs are raw or already cooked, keep plenty in the freezer for a quick dinner option.

Things You'll Need

  • Plastic wrap
  • Plastic bags
  • Aluminum foil
  • Masking tape
  • Permanent marker
  • Keep chicken thigh in its original packaging. Wrap the chicken thigh, still in its packaging, in freezer-safe plastic wrap or a freezer-safe zip-top bag.

  • Wrap chicken that has been removed from its original packaging several times with freezer-safe plastic wrap or place in a freezer-safe zip-top bag. Remove as much air as possible from the bag or plastic wrap, since trapped oxygen causes freezer burn.

  • Overwrap the plastic-wrapped chicken thigh with aluminum foil. Foil will block any unpleasant smells or oxygen from disturbing the chicken.

  • Label the chicken with the current date using masking tape and a permanent marker.

  • Place the wrapped chicken thigh in the back of the freezer.

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