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    kristenk is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Default Just bought a rotisserie chicken

    Dinner is about 1.5 hours away. The chicken was warm when I purchased it.

    Normally, I buy earlier in the day and just stick it in the fridge. This time, though, it seems that it would be better to try to keep it warm. I keep picturing it lingering too long in the "bacteria growth" temp zone considering it won't be in the fridge very long before I pull it out to start reheating.

    Is my thinking off? If it's okay to keep it warm, what's the best temp for the oven?

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    nfowife is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    I just leave mine on the counter until dinnertime. Then I cut it into quarters, stick it on a cookie sheet and reheat in the oven at 350. I figure whatever grows on it gets killed in the oven anyhow. I've been doing this for years and we're all still kicking.
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    It will be fine. It needs to sit out for a minimum of 2+ hours before you have to worry about getting sick.
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    Actually, you have 4 hours in the "temperature danger zone" from 40 to 140F. If your store keeps the chicken at or above 140, you have 4 hours after it is removed from the heater before it is considered unsafe. These are the numbers I was taught at culinary school and have followed without issue since.
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    kristenk is offline Diamond level (5000+ posts)
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    Thank you all very much! Dinner was delicious!

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