While nothing matches the taste of fresh-cooked chicken, grilling several breasts at once is more convenient for time-starved trainees. But then there's the problem of what to do with them. Keeping cooked chicken in the fridge longer than three days is risky, so use your freezer for leftovers. A vacuum sealer can stamp out freezer burn and extend a chicken's frozen life. Just make sure you don't extend it too long - chicken frozen longer than four months should be thrown out.
When cooking and storing chicken in batches, cool and refrigerate (or freeze) it within two hours. Don't store it while it's still hot. Use airtight containers to prevent chicken from drying out, losing some of its nutritional value and taking on surrounding refrigerator flavors, von Bargen advises. When it comes to reheating leftovers in the microwave, "use a low heat setting and cover the dish; both retain moisture and flavor," he explains. Adding a little broth or water also helps.
Be a Pro: Brining leftover cooked chicken will make it juicy again.
Store-Bought Pick: Tupperware Stuffables Storage Containers - flexible airtight containers that go from freezer to microwave to dishwasher.
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