Can you wash raw chicken?


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No! You should never wash raw chicken as it risks contaminating nearby services and utensils with dangerous bacteria.

It is not recommended to wash raw chicken before cooking it, as washing it can spread bacteria onto your sink and countertops. It’s better to properly cook the chicken to a safe internal temperature to kill any potential bacteria. Additionally, washing chicken can affect the meat’s texture and taste.

The best way to prepare raw chicken is to chop it as required and cook it.

Ensure to wash your hands and any utensils or cutting boards used before and after handling raw chicken. Additionally, properly clean the cooking area after preparing the chicken to prevent cross-contamination.

If you choose to wash your raw chicken, thoroughly clean your sink and surrounding area immediately to prevent spreading bacteria.

Key points:

  • Don’t wash raw chicken
  • Cook chicken thoroughly. The meat should reach 75c/165f as per the USDA
  • Wash your hands, utensils, and cutting boards thoroughly after preparing chicken
  • Clean the cooking area thoroughly after preparing chicken

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