Don't Wash Your Chicken!

Image of dont wash your chicken logo

Although raw chicken and turkey can carry bacteria on their surfaces, research has shown that washing raw poultry under running water in your kitchen sink is a bad idea.

If germs were visible to the naked eye, you would see that washing poultry just splashes bacteria all over you, your kitchen towels, your countertops, and any other food you have nearby, such as raw foods or salads. This can make people sick, especially young children, pregnant women, older adults, and the immunocompromised.

When water splashes off the poultry, it can aerosolize (turn into a fine spray). Even if you can't see or feel the spray, bacteria from raw poultry could be landing on you, your kitchen towels, your countertops, and nearby food.

Instead, just take raw poultry straight from the package into the cooking pan. The heat from the cooking process will kill any bacteria that are present. Then simply clean up any splashes and wash your hands with soap and hot water.

Press release from Drexel University

Official Fight BAC website 

Download Our Social Media Toolkit for Educators

Videos & Fotonovelas





To learn more, explore the four mini dramas or the fotonovelas below.

  • For a printable, foldable version of the fotonovela, contact us at

Stir-Fry Chicken

Mini Drama | Stir-Fry Chicken

Cooking Demo | Stir-Fry Chicken

Oven Fried Chicken

Mini Drama | Oven Fried Chicken

Cooking Demo | Oven Fried Chicken

Chicken Mole (Nutty Chocolate Sauce)

Mini Drama |Chicken Mole

Cooking Demo |Chicken Mole

Lemon Roasted Chicken

Mini Drama | Lemon Roasted Chicken

Cooking Demo | Lemon Roasted Chicken

Copyright 2013–2022 New Mexico State University. Produced by New Mexico State University in conjunction with Drexel University. NMSU and Drexel University are both equal opportunity/affirmative action employers and educators. This material is based on work that is supported by the United States Department of Agriculture National Institute of Food and Agriculture, Agriculture and Food Research Initiative Competitive Grants No. 2019-68008-29909 and 2009-51110-05853

nmsuLogo.png  Drexel_Horizontal_Lockup_HEX_600.png   nifa-color-lockup-4x.png

Innovative Media Research and Extension