Which way is best to defrost chicken? Do you put the

@ersmommy1 (12600)
United States
June 10, 2008 4:15pm CST
microwave on the defrost setting? Or take it out early and let it slowly defrost? My hubby called. He plans on making bleu cheese chicken. It really is good. But he didn't take the chicken breasts out of the freezer. He will be home in about an hour. So I at this point have to use the microwave. But which do you think is better. Had I a choice I would have let them defrost slowly.
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@stephcjh (32327)
• United States
11 Jun 08
I defrost my chicken by putting it in a bowl and letting it defrost on its own in the refrigerator. If I had to defrost it quickly, I would put the whole container in a bowl and run some water over it and let it sit and defrost on its own. The microwave defrosts and partially cooks the chicken sometimes and makes it tough to eat. Leave the chicken in the package it came in, so it does not sit out in the water. It will defrost through the container or bag.
@Bd200789 (2994)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I take it out the day before, and let it defrost in the refrigerator.
@lilybug (21148)
• United States
10 Jun 08
The way I do it most often is not the best way, but one of the quickest. I normally take mine out of the freezer and put it in a sink full of cold water. I do not like to nuke it because it always starts to cook and get dry even on defrost.
@sherrir101 (3670)
• United States
10 Jun 08
I like to thaw my chicken (or meat) in cold water, in the sink. It is a slower thaw. It seems when I use the microwave to that chicken, it cooks some of the chicken. Sometimes when time is pressing, I will make the water in the sink warmer. Bleu Cheese chicken sounds awesome.
@teka44 (3425)
• Brazil
10 Jun 08
Hi, you are right about let them defrost slowly. In this case you have no choice but if you have let the meat or fish or chicken defrost slowly is better since this way them have more taste and became better after cook. Cheers.
@Darkwing (21588)
10 Jun 08
If I have time, I normally transfer the chicken from the freezer to the fridge and let them thaw slowly. That is, I think, the safest way to do the job. However, if I'm in a hurry, I will put them out on the worktop, with a collander over top, so that the flies can't get to it. They don't take too long in this weather. I hate using the microwave to thaw chicken or fish. Brightest Blessings.
@ravinskye (8242)
• United States
10 Jun 08
i don't think it matters either way. the only down side with doing it in the microwave is there is always a part that tends to cook when you are defrosting it and then its too dry on that piece. i usually do it in the microwave but thats only because by the time i decide what i want to make for supper, that is the only thing i have time to do lol.