Putting raw chicken under running water before cooking has become a food safety no no. Christine Bruhn, with the University of California-Davis says the risk of splashing potentially harmful bacteria in the sink and other areas to be picked up and consumed is high. A study of more than 100 home cooks found that nearly half of them washed/rinsed their chicken before cooking it. Bacteria is killed when chicken is cooked to 165 degrees.
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