How to Thaw Chicken in Hot Water


As one of the world's most versatile foods, chicken is also among the most common ingredients in cooking. For this reason, it's always a good idea to have some chicken on hand; and one way to ensure of this is to keep some in the freezer. Of course, that means it eventually will have to be thawed before you can cook it. There are several different ways to thaw chicken, but a quick and easy way is to give the chicken a bath.

Things You'll Need

  • Frozen chicken
  • Clean your sink to avoid exposing the chicken to any germs or bacteria.

  • Pour cold water into the sink.

  • Wrap the chicken in an airtight plastic bag.

  • Submerge the chicken in the cold water in the sink.

  • Remove the chicken after it is thawed and empty the sink. Allow 30 minutes per pound of chicken.

Tips & Warnings

  • An object can be placed on top of the bag of chicken to help submerge it and thaw it quicker.
  • Make sure to tightly seal the plastic bag to avoid exposing the sink to raw chicken juices and the risk of salmonella.

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  • "Better Homes and Gardens New Cook Book"; Jennifer Darling;2004
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