Healthcare providers believe that inappropriately deliquesced breasts of chicken are more likely to contain bacteria and cause pathogens, such as staphylococcus aureus and listeria. So, in order to stay safe, try defrosting the chicken breasts at a moderate pace by initially storing the chicken at 40 F. Avoid the techniques of defrosting such as exposing it to warm water or thawing it on the counter. If the temperature shoots above 40 F, the bacterial growth may significantly increase and result in various types of illnesses.
How to Defrost Chicken Breast in Cold Water
Take an airtight, leak-proof plastic bag and stuff the chicken breast in it. In this way, the meat will not be directly exposed to water, which will minimize the chances of bacterial growth.
Take a wide, deep plastic bowl for submersion of chicken breasts.
Place the breasts, stuffed in plastic bag, in the bowl and fill it with cold tap water.
Let the chicken breasts completely immersed into the water.
After about 30 minutes, throw this water and replace it with fresh tap water. Continue the process until the breasts get defrosted. 1 pound of chicken breasts will take about 1 hour.