CHICKEN NUGGETS, FINGERS OR PATTIES — COOKED, LEFTOVERS
How long do cooked chicken nuggets or chicken fingers last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions — refrigerate chicken nuggets within two hours of cooking or purchasing.
To maximize the shelf life of cooked chicken nuggets for safety and quality, refrigerate the chicken nuggets in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
Properly stored, cooked chicken nuggets will last for 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator.
How long can cooked chicken nuggets be left at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked chicken nuggets should be discarded if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
To further extend the shelf life of cooked chicken nuggets, freeze them; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
How long do cooked chicken nuggets last in the freezer? Properly stored, they will maintain best quality for 2 to 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
The freezer time shown is for best quality only — cooked chicken nuggets that have been kept constantly frozen at 0° F will keep safe indefinitely.
How long do cooked chicken nuggets last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked chicken nuggets that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator before cooking; chicken nuggets that were thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
How to tell if cooked chicken nuggets are bad? The best way is to smell and look at the chicken nuggets: discard any chicken nuggets with an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.
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