How Long To Defrost Thick Cuts of Meat In a Refrigerator? Whole Chicken? Whole Turkey?

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  1. tomnyc

    tomnyc

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    How long does it take to defrost a whole chicken in a refrigerator?

    I've seen estimates of 5 hours/pound for a whole chickdn; but I put a 7.2 lb chicken in the refrigerator almost 24 hours ago, and now it feels like it's just defrosted the outside.     

    I measured the refrigerator to be 38F and the outside of the chicken to be 31.8.
     
  2. chefbuba

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    It's going to take a couple of days at a minimum. I always try to take out a chicken at least five days before I want to use it.
     
  3. tomnyc

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    It wound up taking almost or a full 3 days before this chicken was fully defrosted.    It as a big one, at 7 lbs though.