How to Take the Neck & Giblets Out of a Whole Chicken

Updated April 17, 2017

A fresh chicken that you purchase at the grocery store often has giblets and a neck inside its body. Some cooks use the neck and giblets as part of a chicken stock or gravy. The giblets are also sometimes used in stuffing for the chicken because of the flavour that they add. Many cooks choose to simply get rid of the neck and giblets and work with the chicken without the additional parts. Whichever choice you use, you do need to remove these parts before cooking the chicken.

Wash your hands before handling raw chicken and then dry your hands well. Place a cutting board on your counter so that the chicken does not contaminate the counter. Remove the packaging material from the chicken and throw it away.

Examine the chicken and turn it so that the legs are facing you. The largest hole on the chicken will also be facing you.

Place one hand on top of the raw chicken to keep the chicken from moving around.

Reach into the chicken with your other hand and feel for a bag that has some raw chicken in it.

Pull the bag out of the chicken and set it aside on the cutting board. Place your hand into the chicken one more time and check to make sure you have removed everything from the centre of the chicken's body.


Bring your chicken to room temperature if the chicken is frozen. This will allow you to take out the neck and giblets from the body of the chicken.


Some chickens are packaged without anything inside them. If you put your hand in the chicken and feel around and do not find a package with the giblets and neck, the company might not have packed them.

Things You'll Need

  • Cutting board
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