One food commandment we could always count on was that it was important to rinse or wash your raw chicken well before cooking it. Now another expert has come out of the blue and claims it is worse healthwise to do this. Drexel University food researcher, Jennifer Quinlan says, "There's no reason, from a scientific point of view, to think you're making it any safer," she says, "and in fact, you're making it less safe."
Some studies suggest bacteria can fly up to 3 feet away from where your meat is rinsed — though you can't necessarily see it."
I don't know, truthfully. I plan to keep on giving our chicken a good old fashioned cleaning before cooking it. Big time chefs almost always advise giving all your counters, sink and faucets a good bleaching afterward. That is why we keep anti-bacterial wipes under the sink.
Frankly I don't think I would be able to eat grilled, fried or roasted chicken if I knew it hadn't been cleaned ahead of time. Call me a wuss, I don't care.