Raw chicken wings, thighs, and breast on wooden platters
How To Tell If Raw Store-Bought Chicken Was Previously Frozen
To tell whether or not the raw chicken you bought was previously frozen, start by poking it to see if any part of the flesh is still hard and checking for any ice crystals.
If buying bone-in meat, check if any of the bones are darker, which means there's likely been bone marrow leakage that froze. Bones should be white, with just pink-cut ends.
Another hint that the meat was thawed from frozen is if it's looking especially dry. Prepped with this information, it'll be easier to make an informed purchase.
Frozen chicken is still good for cooking and can give you tasty results, but you’ll want to avoid packages with ice crystal formation, which hints at poor temperature regulation.