Can you defrost chicken in the oven?

In this brief guide we are going to discuss “Can you defrost chicken in the oven?” We will also discuss the best methods to defrost chicken in the oven and the harmful effects of skipping defrosting before making your meal. 

Can you defrost chicken in the oven?

Yes, you can defrost chicken in the oven. You can do this by simply using defrost settings and it will take minimal time to defrost chicken in the oven.

Defrosting chicken before cooking is an essential stage and the quickest method to do so is defrosting chicken in the oven. When you are in a hurry and it’s almost dinner time, defrosting is the first thing that you skip. Food safety becomes an afterthought in this case. People don’t take food borne illnesses seriously.

In America, almost 3,000 people die each year because of food borne illnesses. Defrosting the chicken will help cook chicken properly and maintain the proper internal temperature  throughout. 

Otherwise you’ll end up with an overcooked chicken outside and uncooked inside. Skipping defrosting will also result in the growth of harmful bacteria in the chicken.

How to defrost chicken in the oven

You can defrost chicken in the oven by following these simple steps.

  1. Place frozen chicken pieces on the microwave safe plate.
  2. Set the oven defrost setting and nuke it for 1 minute.
  3. When this is done, flip over the chicken, and then put it back in for 30 more seconds.
  4. Repeat step 3 until you get the texture of raw chicken. Make sure you don’t start cooking the chicken by putting it for too long in the oven.
  5. Keep checking back the condition of the chicken pieces.
  6. Don’t leave the defrosted chicken in the oven for too long.
  7. When the chicken has been cooked, it is essential that you take it out of the oven and cook it at your earliest.
  8. Don’t refreeze thawed chicken by using an oven
  9. You can refreeze the cooked chicken that is defrosted by using an oven.
  10. In a case where you have pieces of chicken frozen together, pause the defrosting every now and then and break the pieces apart.
  11. Clean the oven thoroughly.

3 best methods to defrost chicken

Defrosting chicken in cold water

Defrosting chicken by using cold water is an easy method. For this method, below are the detailed steps that you need to follow.

  1. Place the chicken in a large sandwich bag and seal it so that no water goes in and out of this bag.
  2. Take a large bowl and put the sealed bag in it.
  3. Fill this bowl with cold water. Don’t use hot water as it will promote the growth of bacteria.
  4. Let this sealed bag soaked in cold water for 30 minutes.
  5. Change water after every 30 minutes.
  6. The time of defrosting depends on the amount of chicken.
  7. 500g chicken takes almost an hour to defrost.

Defrosting chicken in the oven

To defrost chicken, utilizing the oven is the quickest and the easiest way. For this method, below are the detailed steps that you need to follow.

  1. Choose the defrosting setting of your oven and set the timer for 1-2 minutes. Now with your chicken in the oven, turn it on.
  2. Keep checking the chicken to see whether it is being defrosted or not.
  3. Don’t leave defrosted chicken in the oven for too long as it will allow the growth of harmful bacteria.
  4. Cook it immediately after defrosting it in the oven.

Defrosting in the fridge

Using a fridge to defrost chicken requires a lot of time, but it is the safest and most recommended method. This method is usually used when you have the time for meal preparation. For this method, below are the steps that you need to follow.

  1. Place chicken in a large sealed bag.
  2. Take a bowl or a plate. The purpose of this is to stop any excess juices leaking onto the food in the fridge. Put the large sealed bag in the bowl/plate and then put it in the fridge.
  3. Store it at the bottom of your fridge for about 5 hours per 450g. I usually just recommend keeping it overnight.
  4. You can only keep your defrosted chicken in the fridge for the next 24 hours now. 

How to check if chicken is properly defrosted?

To check whether your chicken is properly defrosted insert, cut through a small part, insert a finger in flesh to check if it is soft and no ice crystal is present. If it is hard inside or any ice crystal is present, defrost it further.

The dangers of improperly handled chicken

If you won’t defrost your chicken it can be a source of food borne illness. As poultry is the potential source of food borne illness. According to U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) following strains of bacteria can be found in raw or not defrosted chicken:

Salmonella
Staphylococcus aureus
Listeria monocytogenes
E. coli

These bacteria have potential to cause foodborne illness. So, properly defrost your chicken at the internal temperature of 165 degree fahrenheit or 74 degree celsius will reduce the risk of contamination of bacteria.

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Conclusion

In this brief guide we have discussed “Can you defrost chicken in the oven?” We have also discussed the best methods to defrost chicken in the oven and the harmful effects of skipping defrosting before making your meal. 

References:

https://www.healthline.com/health/food-nutrition/how-to-defrost-chicken-the-safe-way#_noHeaderPrefixedContent

https://www.bbcgoodfood.com/howto/guide/how-defrost-chicken

Hi, I am Charlotte, I love cooking and in my previous life, I was a chef. I bring some of my experience to the recipes on this hub and answer your food questions.