I left a wrapped chicken breast out for 10 hours, is it safe to heat up to 170 degrees and eat it?
- RoySLv 74 years agoFavorite Answer
Wrapping means nothing. And pathogens don't NEED 'transporter technology'; they are present on or in foods all the time. Most of the nasty ones are killed by cooking, but, as has been said, cooking won't remove toxins left behind when bacteria are allowed to multiply at unsafe (between 40°F-140°F) temperatures. Two hours is the max recommended 'safe' time food can be left out at room temperature; at 90°F, it's one hour.
I'm fairly reckless about eating 'unsafe' food, but even I would toss chicken that's been left out for ten hours.
- Miss YumYumsLv 74 years ago
I'ma say "NO".
While it might be safe if the ambient temperature was hovering around 40 F, anything higher would allow for the proliferation of bacteria. Even though you can kill off bacteria at a temperature of 140 F, you cannot remove the waste they leave therefore those toxins can still make you sick.
By the way, the recommended internal temperature for chicken is 165 F so overkill won't help.
- justaLv 74 years ago
No, its a goner. Unless your room temp is 38 degrees toss it. Losing the chicken breast is much cheaper than a trip to the emergency room.
Meat shouldn't be left out at room temp longer than two hours
- 4 years ago
eat it raw dumb ****
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- Nikki PLv 74 years ago
Toss it unless you want to be the one in the bathroom on Christmas day hugging the toilet rather than Aunt Betty and counting tiles rather than gifts.
- skumpfsklubLv 64 years ago
I'd eat it, after cooking. It's still wrapped---a plus factor---and there is no reason to suppose that pathogenic bacteria have 'transporter technology.'
- Anonymous4 years ago