Thawing chicken can take a long time if you are thawing it safely by leaving it overnight in your refrigerator. You have to plan ahead and already know that you will be cooking chicken the following evening and remember to take it out of the freezer.
If you haven’t planned ahead or you have forgotten to take it out of the freezer can you just cook the chicken from frozen or do you have to make another plan? The answer is yes. You do not need to go out to the shops to buy fresh chicken or order any take out or pizza delivery. You can still cook a healthy meal for you and your family. It is possible to cook your chicken from frozen without needing to thaw it out or defrost it first. You just need to add 50% onto your usual cooking time and be sure to check that your chicken is cooked through completely by either using a food thermometer or by cutting into the thicken part of the meat.
The correct temperature for cooked chicken when using a food thermometer is 165°F or 74°C. You must check throughout to make sure there are no undercooked sections. If you prefer to have your meat thawed before cooking and you need you meat defrosted quickly you can either thaw your chicken out in a microwave using the defrost setting or you can place your chicken in some cold water. Do not use hot water as this will cause bacteria to spread and could make you sick. If you use either of these methods to thaw out your chicken you must cook it immediately and it cannot be frozen again. It is only safe to refreeze boneless chicken fillets if they have been defrosted in your refrigerator.