Chicken Necks - Where are you?
When I was kid my mother used to make a chicken fricassee using, amongst other things, chicken necks. I've been to Chinatown, (Manhattan and Brooklyn), a bunch of Spanish markets along 4th Avenue in Sunset Park and have not been able to find them anywhere. I don't get it. What? Are they breeding neckless chickens?
I know Whole Foods sells them (organic, skinless and remarkably overpriced), but there must be someplace else I can find them, skin on and priced like, oh, I don't know - maybe chicken necks? Fairway has a package of "Backs and Necks," but there are not necks in those packages - only backs.
I don't live in America let alone Manhattan/Brooklyn but I would recommend asking your/a butcher, generally they're quite obliging and if they don't have any in stock just give them a day or so's notice and they'll reserve/find some for you
Ask the butcher at Fairway. Last I've seen them was during the holidays. They probably have plenty but don't package it if it's not in demand.
Yeah, come to think of it where have all the necks gone? They're mixing gizzards and hearts in the same pack for some reason also. What is going on? We're a society obsessed with breasts. Boneless, skinless breasts everywhere. I can truly say, that besides in a whole chicken's cavity, I have not seen any *necks* anywhere. I wonder what happens to them nowadays?
I would try other *additional* Asian markets. That would still be your best bet, IMO.
I know this is an old thread, but I purchased a pound of chicken necks for less than $1.85 today at Whole Foods. They are organic, but it seems hard to fathom they're overpriced. A similarly sized pack of organic chicken breasts or legs would have been almost $10 there and at least $6 for factory chicken elsewhere. Just in case anyone's looking.
Also, any special suggestions for cooking them?