How long can uncooked chicken stay in the fridge?


Quick Answer

Uncooked chicken can safely stay in the fridge for only one to two days after its sell-by date before its condition starts to deteriorate. Raw chicken can last longer when it is placed in a freezer, which increases its usage time to up to nine months.

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Uncooked chicken typically has a longer shelf life when it is kept in its original packaging while it is being refrigerated. When chicken is cooked, its shelf life when refrigerated increases from a maximum of two days to a maximum of four days. However, cooked chicken has a shorter freezer shelf life of only four months.

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