There are many different methods for defrosting chicken. But which of them are safe, which of them are quick and which is the best. This is how to defrost chicken:
Microwave defrosting – This is the quickest way to defrost your chicken. You must make sure you get the settings right on your microwave so that your chicken is defrosted all the way through. If you defrost your chicken by microwaving you must then cook it immediately. Do not put your chicken back into the fridge or the freezer or this could cause bacteria to spread. Make sure your chicken is unwrapped and place it in a microwave safe container before defrosting.
Defrost in cold water – This is also a quick way of defrosting. It only takes about an hour or so depending on how much chicken you need to defrost. Defrosting in cold water allows the chicken to slowly defrost. Make sure your chicken is sealed in a Ziploc bag or an airtight container so that there is no risk of bacteria from your kitchen sink contaminating your chicken. You could also use a large bowl and fill this with water. Cook immediately after your chicken is fully defrosted. Do not put your chicken back into the freezer after thawing.
Thaw in the refrigerator – This is the safest method for defrosting. It does take longer than other methods so you would need to plan ahead and place your chicken in the refrigerator overnight or 24hrs before you need it to be safe. This method is best as the cold temperature prevents bacteria from spreading. If you are defrosting boneless chicken breasts using this method you can freeze them again if you end up not needing them right away. Place your chicken on a plate or in a dish to prevent juices or water from dripping in your refrigerator.
Do not place your chicken in the sun or in hot water as the warm temperature is conducive to the spread of bacteria.