We all live hectic lives. Between dealing with work and taking care of our family, it’s hard for us to always remember everything that’s on our plate. Simple things start to slip our minds, things such as forgetting to take the chicken out to thaw before making dinner.
We’ve all been there, myself included. When I realized I hadn’t thawed the chicken yet I only had two choices: throw the frozen chicken on the grill or suck it up and spend $20 at for a chicken bucket at KFC. So that leaves us with one question: can you grill frozen chicken? The answer may surprise you.
Can You Grill Frozen Chicken?
To keep it short – according to the USDA, yes it is perfectly safe to cook the frozen chicken as long as you closely follow a few guidelines. First of all, cooking frozen chicken is possible with almost every way of preparing chicken including grilling, broiling, frying, roasting, and even pressure cooking. The only exception is a slow cooker, which you should never use to prepare frozen chicken under any circumstances.
When using a slow cooker to slow cook unthawed chicken, the meat would spend hours in what is known as the “danger zone” which is the temperature when germs and bacteria are most likely to grow. Using any other method should work like a charm though, as long as you change the following things:
When grilling frozen chicken, the amount of time it takes to cook through completely will be about 50 percent longer than the regular time to prepare thawed or fresh chicken.
This means that if your regular recipe says to keep the meat on the grill for 30 minutes, keep it for 45 instead. If the recipe says 1 hour, keep it for 1 hour 30 minutes instead, and so on.
Typically, using smaller pieces of meat such as chicken legs and chicken wings would be the better choice when preparing frozen chicken. This is because their size allows you to cook them with less risk of the food not cooking evenly.
With that said, to make your life easier you should consider packing the chicken in the freezer with each piece slightly separated. This way when you take the chicken out of the freeze, all the pieces aren’t lumped together in a frozen chicken ball.
Checking the Temperature
To ensure the absolute safety of you and your family, you’ll want to make sure the chicken has cooked thoroughly and evenly throughout the entire chicken.
Using an instant-read thermometer specifically for food into the thickest part of the piece of meat. Check the temperature and make sure it has reached 165 degrees Fahrenheit before you take it off the grill to serve.
Conclusion – Is it safe to Grill Frozen Chicken?
I’ve enjoyed my fair share of frozen chicken nights and honestly with all the time you’re saving, it’s really worth it. Just remember to follow all the guidelines provided and you will be in for a great night of tasty food!