Cook frozen chicken

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Why it's worth trying: There are many ways to defrost frozen poultry, but cooking this popular weeknight main frozen is perfectly acceptable from a safety standpoint, according to the USDA.

What you need to know: The USDA advises factoring in approximately 50 percent more cooking time than the recipe normally recommends, so if the directions say 40 minutes, it'll probably need an hour to hit 165° internally, i.e., fully cooked. From a taste perspective, know that you'll get the best, most even results if you bake the chicken instead of grilling, sautéing or microwaving it.