Is it okay to cook and eat chicken that is just starting to smell like hard boiled eggs?
It has been in the fridge for three days and has two days left on the cook by date.
The easiest way to tell if chicken is no longer good to eat is by the smell. Is it absolutely repulsive? If not, is it slimy or turning an off color - most likely grey?
If you answered yes to any of these questions, I would advise against eating the chicken.
However, you can further test the chicken by cooking it on the stove top. If it begins to smell strange, then it is a goner. I hope this helps!
I think Collin hit on the best way to judge whether or not it's good. For me, personally, I'd get rid of it just because it didn't smell fresh.
I have one rule when it comes to iffy food. When in doubt, throw it out!
If it stinks--it's bad. "cook by" dates are not always accurate, and you have to remember the length of processing time from "farm" to store.
Also, it is likely older than you think, because most chicken has already been frozen for transport and storage. So, you are buying a pre-frozen and thawed piece of meat. This means it cannot be re-frozen prior to cooking it in the first place.
But, consider this: would you rather throw it away, and lose a few bucks, or eat it and end up very sick and possibly in the hospital?
Throw that chicken away, and fast!
I ended up cooking it and it didn't smell appetizing like it normally does. It didn't smell repulsive though, only different. I ended up trying some of it and it didn't taste bad. It has been over 24 hours and I haven't gotten sick nor have I ate any more of it. I just can't get past the smell. I fed some to the dogs and threw the rest out.
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