Avoid Exposure to Sun
When you purchase it, try to save the chicken from being exposed to the sun or having to come in direct contact with the atmosphere for too long. The germs are always moving around and if it comes in contact with them, it can become unhealthy for consumption. Always keep it in its packaging before refrigerating.
Make sure that as soon as you get back after doing your grocery shopping, you refrigerate your chicken. This will save it from the immediate danger of getting unhealthy for consumption. Make sure that it is bagged properly so that it does not come in contact with other food in its raw form.
If you have to keep the chicken for longer period of time, you must freeze it. Chicken that is frozen can be fine for up to nine months. Make sure that it is properly sealed and if you have one of those vacuum sealing machines, use it. The low temperature in the freezer will help the chicken to stay free from germs over a long period of time and it will be fit for consumption once you take it out. Make sure that you freeze it in small portions so that once you have to take the chicken out; you do not need to defrost all of it but only the portion that you will be cooking. Defrosting and refreezing can damage the quality and put the chicken at a risk of becoming unhealthy.