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how long is a cooked chicken breast safe to eat if it isnt

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how long is a cooked chicken breast safe to eat if it isn't refrigerated?

How was the chicken breast prepared? Breaded, fried, sauteed, boiled, broiled, in a type of sauce, etc.?

How has it been since it was cooked?

What is the room temperature like, wherever it was stored, unrefrigerated? Cool or warm?

Thanks for all your additional detail.

Edited by Cher on 4/22/2010 at 5:00 AM EST
Customer: replied 7 years ago.
I don't know if it was cooked (broiled) yesterday or today.....was refrigerated at deli until purchased about 9 hrs. ago. Has been stored in cool place since then.
Hi again, and thanks for your reply with additional information.

9 hours is quite a long time for cooked meat to be unrefrigerated, although it was stored in a cool place. Certain bacteria is encouraged to grow in meat that is not refrigerated (or stored at 40 degrees or under), so I would subscribe to the old and wise saying: "when in doubt, throw it out" and not take a chance on upsetting your digestive system with possible food poisoning.

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