By Cat, Apr 2010
Includes: 1. Refreezing chicken
I buy whole chickens (usually frozen Hutterite birds), cut them up, brine the breasts, then package legs & wings together, and wrap each breast separately to refreeze. Normally I cut up the bird while it still has a few ice crystals in it, to preserve moisture. But sometimes that’s not possible, so I checked food safety sites to see if it is safe to refreeze once fully thawed.
The answer: YES, but may lose some quality as thawing draws out moisture from the meat. This is why it’s best to refreeze while the meat still has some ice crystals.
See USDA, Safe Food Handling: Freezing and Food Safety for more