No, you didn’t read the article title wrong. There is a reason why you should not wash your raw chicken before cooking it. Don’t worry, you aren’t alone. Actually, an estimated 90% of people wash their raw chicken before cooking it. But, here’s why you should stop washing your raw chicken.
 
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“It does not get rid of the bacteria, it doesn’t kill the bacteria. However, there is a chance that it will spray that bacteria,” explains Dr. Jennifer Quinlan, an associate professor at Drexel University.

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So, washing your raw chicken actually spreads the germs and bacteria onto your sink and around your kitchen countertop. It actually has a negative effect, contrary to, the positive effect most people think.

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Now you’re probably asking, “Well if we don’t wash the raw chicken, what do we do?”. And the answer is simple: just do what you regularly would without washing the raw chicken. Just cooking the chicken properly and at a good temperature will kill the bacteria just fine.

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Be sure to check out the entire research video below and let your friends know to not wash their chicken!