How Long Is Chicken Good After Its Sell-by Date?

A package of fresh raw chicken is good for one or two days after the sell-by date on the package label. Raw chicken should always be stored in the refrigerator until it is ready to use for a planned meal.

To avoid having raw chicken spoil before using it, the cook should have a plan on how to use it ahead of time. For instance, chicken that is purchased on Saturday is going to be used to make fried chicken for Sunday dinner. Keeping the chicken in the refrigerator for a day is okay since it is going to be cooked quickly.

In general, raw chicken should be stored in the freezer if there is any doubt about when and how it is cooked. Frozen raw chicken lasts between six months to one year. Frozen chicken is best when it is used within two months.