This is the scary reason you should NEVER wash your chicken (and it has to do with salmonella)

If you think that washing raw chicken before cooking it will help *prevent* salmonella, think again.

And here's why!

"Unfortunately, if the chicken has salmonella on it," our friend Dr. Oz explains, "that salmonella is on the surface of it."

So, according to the doc, if you rinse contaminated chicken with water, you're essentially splashing bacteria all over your kitchen. (And potentially all over other food you're in the process of preparing.)

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(Watch the doc use glitter to demonstrate what happens in the video above.)

"Don't wash your chicken," Dr. Oz stresses.

"Put it in the oven," he continues. "It's going to kill the stuff anyway."