Two raw chicken breasts on a cutting board
Is It Safe To Eat Chicken Past The 'Sell By' Date?
Chicken packages and the FDA each have clear guidelines for when to buy your chicken and when to consume it, but they don't exactly align with each other.
While the FDA advises consumers to purchase chicken before the sell-by date, it also states that "product guides aren't a guide for safe use of a product."
The FDA goes on to note that chicken should be eaten within two days of purchase if it's kept in the refrigerator — no matter what.
Overall, it may be safe to eat chicken that is past the sell-by date by an extra day or two, but make sure to check for any signs of spoilage before taking the risk.