Cooling down a whole rotisserie chicken?

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I bought a hot rotisserie chicken at lunchtime today (around 12:30) and stuck it in my work fridge then brought it home and put it back in the fridge. At 6:30 I went in to "disassemble" the chicken and the inside was still slightly warm. Is the chicken still safe? I know I should have broken it down into pieces before cooling but I didn't have a space to do it.
 
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It's never a good idea to place a hot dish in the refrigerator.  A rotisserie chicken is tender and can easily be broken apart with your hands.  Even splitting the chicken down the middle lengthwise first would have been a good way to make it cool down quickly before placing in the fridge.  I do usually allow the chicken to come down to room temp before putting in the fridge.
 
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I'll agree with phatch.

I often buy a rotisserie chicken because I can't buy and roast a chicken for $5.00.

Economy means a lot.

I bring it home and toss it in the fridge.

It's good for several meals and I've never had a problem doing this for years.
 
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Several options.  As suggested above...split, room temp for +/- an hour, refrigerate...or, if you can't split it, put it in the freezer for an hour and then in the fridge.  

With that said, I bet you didn't die.
 
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If it was cooked through when you bought it, the majority of the really nasty stuff was already dead (salmonella, etc.). At that point the concern is a warm, fertile environment for new cultures.

Sticking a hot dish into a fridge is a bad idea mostly because the fridge interior gets warm, endangering everything else.

In short, don't worry about it, but try not to do it again.


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