I wanted to try a chicken-with-stuffing recipe, so I bought a "Tyson Premium Young Chicken (without neck or giblets)" from WalMart, but when I unwrapped the chicken to stuff it for the recipe, I don't see a cavity to stuff anything into. I am looking in between the legs, but the only dent there is the one I literally carve out with my knife as I try to open up the chicken.

The chicken was taken out of the freezer and into the fridge this morning (about 10 hours ago) -- in case that matters at all.

Am I just being a noob, or is there some reason why a whole chicken really would not have a cavity pre-made?

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    Unless somebody crushed your chicken, or it wasn't cleaned out... there'll be a cavity in there... It should be right between the legs by the "pope's nose" (chicken butt). Is it still frozen?
    – talon8
    Jan 28, 2013 at 0:00
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    The inside of the chicken is frozen still. Jan 28, 2013 at 0:05
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    And it might be filled with giblets, which could feel quite solid frozen...
    – SAJ14SAJ
    Jan 28, 2013 at 3:36
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    Are you sure you're looking in the right end?
    – GdD
    Jan 28, 2013 at 13:34
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    I think once you let it defrost (in the fridge, preferably), you'll be able to move the legs and/or skin flap and find the cavity. If not, please post JPEGs of this mutant chicken...
    – derobert
    Jan 28, 2013 at 16:43

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They usually stuff the cavity with the giblets/neck so you can eat/make gravy/give to cat whatever. You do have to thaw it out a bit to finagle it out of there but once you pull that out you'll have a stuffing-ready cavity. :) happy roasting!

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