My boyfriend made fried chicken last night which finished cooking around 6:30. It stayed hot for awhile. I covered it with a paper towel and left it out; I was really exhausted last night and didn’t end up putting tinfoil on it and storing it in the fridge.

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I just ate it now at 3 :-/ I ate about 2/3 of it. I’ve looked online and some say that people are too paranoid about eating it after it’s been out for longer than 2-4 hours, I hear others say that they’ve eaten chicken that’s been left out for 12+ hours and they’re fine. I never do stuff like this, my boyfriend on the other hand always eats pizza whenever we order it after it’s been left out for a whole day and he’s never gotten sick.


I’ve ordered fried chicken usually once a week, I leave it on the counter overnight every time and personally I’ve never had a problem with it.

Fried chicken is good for a couple of days. You’re good no prob! It’s probably a lil dry tho. Put a few drops of hot sauce on it!

its correct. i have only gotten ill after eating chicken that was 3 days old (in the fridge, cooked). you should be fine. i have chicken cooking 12 hours ago all the time, even the next day sometimes

Leftover chicken is always risky but I think a lot of times it depends on your particular biology and stomach biome. I have (unknowingly) eaten food that was left out overnight and survived. You will definitely know sooner rather than later, so if you are still ok within a couple hours I wouldn't worry too much.

I am starting to feel a little iffy but I think it’s psychosomatic/from all of the anxiety about this (I’m kind of a hypochondriac when it comes to certain things)

It can take up to 8 hours after you've eaten something to start being sick.

Cold chicken is safe to eat, but should be kept in the fridge.

It's the reheating that's usually the risk, if you don't reheat it too piping hot, as the heat kills the bacteria, you are at risk of food poisoning, Also not cooking the chicken completely can put you at risk.

If had buffets where chicken legs were left out - but it had been cooked just before the event.

I hope you don't get food poisoning, I had it the once from rice, and it was horrible, throwing up nothing after a day of being sick.

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I wouldn't wish it on anyone

This was a bad idea. You can only hope you are lucky and don’t get sick. Stick to the 2 hour rule in the future.