(Meredith) -- Cooked chicken is a good thing to have in the refrigerator.

Just make sure you know how long the chicken has been in there.

If stored properly, cooked chicken can last three to four days in the refrigerator, according to the USDA. And that goes for any type of cooked chicken: store-bought, homemade and restaurant leftovers.

If you have a lot of leftover chicken and don't think you will eat it within four days, your best bet is to freeze it. Place the chicken in a Ziploc freezer bag and press out as much air as possible, then freeze the chicken for up to four months.

Leftover can be reheated in the oven, on the stovetop, or in the microwave. However, the microwave may dry out the chicken and make it chewy, so microwave with care.

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