If you believe that washing your chicken is a way to ensure that it’s clean and bacteria-free, then you may have to think twice. However, we don’t blame you for thinking so. Logically to clean something you should wash it. But, with chicken, this concept is highly contradicted.

We want to give our warmest thanks to Raghda Salman, a stunning Egyptian food blogger and cook, who shed some light on this topic through her Instagram stories.


So, thanks to here’s why washing your chicken may cause you more harm than good. 


Why Is It Such a Dangerous Practice?

It is true that raw chicken is swarmed with germs like Campylobacter or Salmonella that may cause food poisoning in humans. Nonetheless, rinsing your chicken with water does nothing to kill these germs. 


Truth is, every time you wash your chicken in the sink even if it’s in a container, the water splashes under the running tap carrying these harmful germs all around your kitchen. It gets everywhere, onto your counters, around your sink, your cooking utensils, and even your own body. 


What Are the Symptoms of Food Poisoning?

The risk you’re putting yourself and your family at, by washing your chicken regularly, is developing food poisoning. The symptoms are usually very unpleasant to experience. The food poisoning caused by most chickens is from Campylobacter bacteria or Salmonella that is in about 50% of all raw chickens sold. 


If you start experiencing any of these signs after eating your chicken within a couple of days, chances are you are infected with food poisoning. 

The Signs:

  1. Abdominal bloating
  2. Diarrhoea or (bloody diarrhoea)
  3. Fever
  4. Vomiting
  5. Extreme dehydration.

If you experience at least 2-3 of these symptoms, you should call your doctor as fast as possible.


What Should You Do Instead of Washing Your Chicken:

We know what’s going through your head now. If washing your chicken won’t kill these bacteria, then what will??

Well, the trick is in the temperature you cook your chicken at. The best way to ensure your chicken is contamination free is by cooking it until it’s internal temperature reaches 73.8 Celcius (165 degrees Fahrenheit).

For you to check that your chicken reached this temperature, you must use a food thermometer, since just looking at the color of the meat won’t successfully determine if it’s cooked properly. After you cook your chicken, be sure to consume it within 3 days from the cooking day.


Now that you are aware of the risks that come with washing your chicken, share this article with your beloved ones to save them from eating contaminated chicken too!!