I get rid of the Parsons nose -dogs usually get this, before cooking.
I cook the neck with the chicken as I love the neck and I even sometimes eat the soft bones -however that is one part of a cooked chicken that dogs are allowed to eat, so usually feel guilty eating "their" bones.
Neck meat is lovely and tender.
I never buy a whole chicken. From preference I only buy skinless chicken breasts. I cook them in a variety of ways as they are very versatile.
I think the last time I cooked a whole chicken was about 30 years ago. Couldn't be bothered fiddling around with it now, especially as I only like chicken breast.
Heck Vee, if you are worried . . . just cut a lemon in half and shove it up the chook and roast it for about an hour until it looks nice. A little smear of butter on top perhaps. You'll have a nice moist chook and you won't be afraid any more . . . then you can practise Finy's recipes.
We have roast chicken a lot but they don't come with the neck in them nowadays. However the parsons nose is always left on and my husband prefers to eat it. Being a youngster in Europe during the war years the meat went to the father and ths older boys whenever a chicken was available and he and the younger brother sucked whatever they could off the carcass and that's why there is never any food left on hubby's plate
I am just so thrilled that we all adore our dogs so very much! This is truly heartwarming to me,as my own Fur Babies are my best mates!! Mine are very aware of anything yummy being available for THEM to enjoy,even my deaf one!!!
And I DO spoil them all at least once,make that twice or more times, a day!!!!
We cook a whole chook in the microwave cooker in the microwave oven. Yes the neck and the nose are left on because it is easier. My Mum used to love the Parsons Nose, it is too fatty. I think, but if it is attached to the piece that I am eating then I eat it. The neck, I take the meat off for the dog, not that there is a lot of meat on it.
Living alone and not having cooked a whole chicken for ages,I can only say what I USED to do....I would cook the entire thing and then share certain bits with my beloved Fur Babies!! When I was a kid,we'd all fight for the neck as it was always so tender and tasty,but the Parson's Nose went to the dog as a treat!
I read somewhere that the parson's nose should not be eaten, as there is a gland in the middle of it and that that gland contains some sort of fluid or whatever. I think it might be a sweat gland. So, nowadays I never eat that part of the chook. However, the neck is another story.