How To Defrost Chicken In Microwave: Speedy Chicken Defrosting

Chicken is a staple in many households. It’s incredibly affordable, tastes great, and, best of all, it can be combined with any number of ingredients for a variety of dishes.

The only downside is that defrosting chicken can take longer than some other meats like beef or pork.

Luckily there are ways to defrost chicken quickly and efficiently without sacrificing the quality or safety of your food.

How To Defrost Chicken In Microwave?

Some people prefer to defrost chicken in the microwave because it’s quick and easy to do with little mess but there are some important precautions you must follow in order to keep yourself safe while doing this.

Safety Precautions

The most important thing to remember is that you should never leave the kitchen while defrosting chicken in the microwave.

Many cases of food poisoning can be traced back to the fact that people like you left the kitchen without noticing that their food was not fully defrosted.

This can lead to potentially fatal consequences, so it’s always important to keep an eye on your food when defrosting chicken in the microwave.

The other big safety issue with chicken is that it can contain far more bacteria than other meats, meaning that if you don’t properly cook it, you risk contracting a number of common illnesses and illnesses which cannot easily be treated.

Of course, there are ways to kill the bacteria in chicken so that you can safely defrost it in the microwave.

Step-By-Step Instructions

I’ll give you the instructions for defrosting chicken in the microwave and discuss each step along the way.

1. Turn On The Microwave

Next, you’ll need to turn on your microwave.

2. Add Frozen Chicken To Microwave

Once you’ve turned on the microwave, turn off the countertop unit and make your way over to the microwave. You’ll need to place the frozen chicken in the microwave (you don’t need much as far as quantity goes).

3. Cook For Five Minutes (More Or Less)

After five minutes, you can begin checking how much of your frozen chicken is thawed out. In my experience, I’ve found that a five-minute defrosting process is enough, however, this will depend on the size of your chicken pieces and the type of meat they are made from.

Defrost Chicken In Microwave
Defrost Chicken In Microwave

Advantages And Disadvantages Of Defrosting Chicken In The Microwave

The biggest advantage of defrosting your chicken in the microwave is that you don’t need to leave your kitchen while doing it. This means you’re less likely to get distracted and forget about your chicken until it’s already cooked, meaning that you’ll probably end up saving yourself more time overall.

Now let’s talk about the disadvantages.

The biggest one is that you need to make sure you cook your chicken more thoroughly than you would on the stove. This means that you could end up overcooking your chicken if you left it in the microwave for too long.

Another issue with defrosting chicken in the microwave is that it’s difficult to remember exactly how long to cook it, especially if you’re not familiar with how long to leave it in the microwave. For this reason, I’d recommend doing some research into how long different types of food need to be cooked at varying temperatures.

Another disadvantage is that your chicken will probably defrost faster than it would in your fridge. In other words, you’ll probably have to defrost it on the spot rather than letting it sit out until you’re ready to use it.


Defrosting chicken in the microwave can be extremely easy and it can be done without an ounce of your food being wasted.

While you definitely need to be careful and make sure that you follow the safety precautions, this method is incredibly convenient and will save you heaps of time.

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