Crispy Chicken Feet

Years ago when living in Dallas, I would often go and eat dim sum on the weekends, something that is definitely missing in Milwaukee. One of those dim sum items was soft and tender chicken feet. Yep, I tried them (what’s not to try), and I can’t say that I was a big fan on the texture of them. Somewhat gelatinous with too many bones. OK, I was not a fan. But on a recent outing to one of our local ethnic grocery stores, I saw a package of them and decided to make them, only this time crispy. See my oldest is a huge fan of crispy chicken wings, and as these chicken feet with super cheap, I decided I would see if I could crisp them up and not only try them, but to also see if my oldest would eat them, or like them. Indeed he did!

Crispy Chicken Feet Recipe
Crispy Chicken Feet Recipe

Let’s get started.

  • 1 lb of chicken feet, nails removed
  • 3 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 generous pinch of salt
  • 2 cloves of garlic, smashed
  • 4 cups of water, or enough to cover the chicken feet
  • 1 cup of canola oil
  • Your favorite BBQ seasoning
  • parchment paper

Start by clipping the nails off of the feet. I did this by using my kitchen shears and clipping at the knuckle joint. Discard.

To a large bowl, add the feet, and rinse them thoroughly in cold water.

Next, add the feet to a medium sized pot, add the soy sauce, garlic, salt, and cover them with water.

Bring the pot to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and cook for about 2 1/2 hours. Remove the feet to another bowl, let cool, and place in the refrigerator overnight.

Crispy Chicken Feet
Crispy Chicken Feet

The following day, remove the feet, and pour out any excess water.

To a medium sized pot, on low heat, add in the oil. Then after a few minutes add in the chicken feet. At first I was going to deep fry these, but there is so much skin that I knew oil would be popping everywhere, and I did not want that. I simply wanted to slow cook them for about 15 minutes on low heat to continue to cook them. After about 15 minutes, remove them with a slotted spoon or spider, to a paper towel lined sheet pan to let any excess oil drain off.

Preheat your oven to 325 degrees.

To a sheet pan, add the parchment paper to cover. Add the chicken feet and sprinkle your favorite barbecue seasoning all over the feet. Stir around so that all of the chicken feet are covered with seasoning.

Place them into the oven, and slow roast until they are nice and crispy, about 45 minutes to a hour. Every oven is a bit different so keep an eye on them until they are nice and dark golden brown and crispy.

Remove from the oven, place them in a bowl, and dig in.

Were these good? Yeah, they were pretty darn good. My oldest loved them and was eating them all to the base of the feet, and my middle guy was suspicious and tried one and it kind of freaked him out, as they probably might to most Americans. But I will admit that these are common snacks in Asian countries, and if you are looking for something unique to serve up, give these a try. They are cheap, and pretty darn tasty. Hope you enjoy!

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Shan Noodles

I don’t know about you but there are so many times I wake up in the morning and I crave soup. I’m talking about a few in particular, and they are all Asian based soups. Soups like Khao Soi, Pho, or even Khao Poon. These are all noodle based soups, soaked in great curry based broths and they do nothing more than bring awesome comfort to your soul. I love them, and this soup in particular is right up with them. It’s called Shan Noodles, and is a riff on all of the soups mentioned above, and typically in that same region, just north of Thailand and Laos, in the Myanmar region, a hodge podge of various cultures, and when that happens, you know you are going to have some pretty awesome food. This is one of them.

Shan Noodles Recipe
Shan Noodles Recipe

This soup is basic but loaded with tons of flavor, plus it is way too simple to make. You can make this with ground pork or chicken as well, but I choose pork. Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 1 1/2 pound of ground pork
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 5 roma tomatoes, grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts, lightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic, optional
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 small baby bok choy, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • Rice noodles, cooked al dente
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced, optional

Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the canola oil, and let it come to a quick simmer. Add in the ground pork, and using a wooden spoon, continue to break up the pork (or ground chicken), and cook until browned.

Next, add in the diced onion and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring along the way.

Next, add in the paprika, soy sauce, fish sauce, and turmeric, and stir. Cook for about a minute, then add in the grated tomato. Give this a good stir, and cook for another minute or two. Now add in the water, stir, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes.

How to make Shan Noodles
How to make Shan Noodles

During this time, heat up the chicken stock on the stove on medium heat. Add in the bok choy and let it cook until tender.

Boil water, enough to cover the amount of your rice noodles, and cook until they are al dente, about 5 minutes.

Now you are ready to serve.

Add your cooked rice noodles to your soup bowl. Generously ladle the pork mixture onto the noodles, then add broth to cover the noodles. Add the bok choy, chopped peanuts, fried garlic,and fresh cilantro. Shower with the green onions. Taste, and season with salt.

Dig in. Again, this is like most of those great Asian soups, but something about this one is really special. Sure, it could be the pork mixture, but when everything is brought together it is really, really yummy. Hope you enjoy!

Shan Noodles
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Recipe type: Soup
Cuisine: Asian
Prep time: 
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Serves: 6
 
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp canola oil
  • 1½ pound of ground pork
  • 1 medium yellow onion, diced
  • 5 roma tomatoes, grated
  • 3 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tbsp soy sauce
  • 1 tbsp fish sauce
  • 2 tbsp Spanish paprika
  • 1 tbsp turmeric powder
  • 4 cups of chicken stock
  • 1 cup of water
  • 2 tbsp roasted peanuts, lightly crushed
  • 1 tbsp fried garlic, optional
  • 1 tbsp fresh cilantro
  • 1 small baby bok choy, chopped
  • salt to taste
  • Rice noodles, cooked al dente
  • 1 green onion, thinly sliced, optional
Instructions
  1. Start by heating a large skillet on medium-high heat. Add the canola oil, and let it come to a quick simmer. Add in the ground pork, and using a wooden spoon, continue to break up the pork (or ground chicken), and cook until browned.
  2. Next, add in the diced onion and garlic, and cook for about 5 minutes, stirring along the way.
  3. Next, add in the paprika, soy sauce, fish sauce, and turmeric, and stir. Cook for about a minute, then add in the grated tomato. Give this a good stir, and cook for another minute or two. Now add in the water, stir, reduce the heat to a simmer, and cook for about 15 minutes.
  4. Boil water, enough to cover the amount of your rice noodles, and cook until they are al dente, about 5 minutes.
  5. Now you are ready to serve.
  6. Add your cooked rice noodles to your soup bowl. Generously ladle the pork mixture onto the noodles, then add broth to cover the noodles. Add the bok choy, chopped peanuts, fried garlic,and fresh cilantro. Shower with the green onions. Taste, and season with salt.

 

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Chicken and Potato Chowder

I recently decided to make a chowder for my wife. I know she loves most types of soup, in particular of the chowder styles. I did this not only because I love her dearly, but also because I had leftover rosemary fingerling smashed potatoes staring at me every time I opened the refrigerator and I was not going to have them go to waste. Sure, I thought of making a corned beef hash with them, but the thought of my wife took over and won that urge.

Chicken and Potato Chowder Recipe
Chicken and Potato Chowder Recipe

This recipe was not only a great use of leftover, but super simple to make and full of comfort to boot. We ate this chowder for a few days, it was that good.

Ingredients:

  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 whole carrots, diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1 whole medium sized onion, diced
  • 1/4 cup of all purpose flour
  • 5 chicken tender loins, cooked and cubed or shredded
  • 1/2 tbsp salt, to taste
  • 1/2 tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 5 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of cooked potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional

Start by having your mise-en-place in place as this is a bit of a quick process.

Melt your butter in a large soup pot. Once melted, add in the celery, onion, and carrots, and cook until the onions have fully sweated, roughly 7 minutes. Next gently stir in the flour, and continue to stir until it just gets slightly browned, about 3 minutes. Now add in the thyme, and bay leaf.

Next, add in the milk, and the chicken stock, and continue to stir until the flour smooths out and creates a thickened sauce. Season with salt and pepper, then add in the chicken and potatoes.

Chicken and Potato Chowder Ingredients
Chicken and Potato Chowder Ingredients

Next add in the corn, and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring often. Taste and adjust any seasoning, if necessary.

Now you are ready to serve.

Get a soup bowl ready, ladle in the chicken and potato chowder, and spring some cheddar cheese onto the top of the chowder.

Dig in. This chowder scream comfort. Maybe it is the tenderness of the vegetables and potatoes, or maybe it is the subtle, but flavorful hint of thyme, but overall this chowder will have you wanting another bowl, and another one the following day. My wife was super happy with this recipe, and I was as well, plus I was able to use up those great potatoes. Hope you enjoy!

Chicken and Potato Chowder
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Recipe type: Soups
Prep time: 
Cook time: 
Total time: 
Serves: 10
 
Ingredients
  • 4 tbsp unsalted butter
  • 2 whole carrots, diced
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1 whole medium sized onion, diced
  • ¼ cup of all purpose flour
  • 5 chicken tender loins, cooked and cubed or shredded
  • ½ tbsp salt, to taste
  • ½ tbsp dried thyme
  • 1 bay leaf
  • pinch of cracked black pepper
  • 5 cups of chicken stock
  • 2 cups of milk
  • 2 cups of cooked potatoes, diced
  • 1 cup of frozen corn
  • shredded cheddar cheese, optional
Instructions
  1. Start by having your mise-en-place in place as this is a bit of a quick process.
  2. Melt your butter in a large soup pot. Once melted, add in the celery, onion, and carrots, and cook until the onions have fully sweated, roughly 7 minutes. Next gently stir in the flour, and continue to stir until it just gets slightly browned, about 3 minutes. Now add in the thyme, and bay leaf.
  3. Next, add in the milk, and the chicken stock, and continue to stir until the flour smooths out and creates a thickened sauce. Season with salt and pepper, then add in the chicken and potatoes.
  4. Next add in the corn, and cook for about 15 minutes, stirring often. Taste and adjust any seasoning, if necessary.
  5. Now you are ready to serve.
  6. Get a soup bowl ready, ladle in the chicken and potato chowder, and spring some cheddar cheese onto the top of the chowder.

 

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Fried Buffalo Chicken Sandwich

What a great holiday season it has been. I love this time of year when we can simply relax as a family, watch the kids open their presents, and enjoy my wife’s birthday, only to say the least. As we went through a busy Christmas day, and Eve at that, my wife’s birthday is always just right around the corner.  I decided that morning that the kids and I were going to surprise her and take her out to lunch, then to watch Star Wars, and then to take her and her parents out for dinner. My wife has been talking about this burger place that she recently enjoyed (Milwaukee Burger Company), and as we have not had a good burger lately, I figured what the heck. To say the least, we were stuffed (I actually did not even finish my food), and as we wobbled out of there, I thought for sure I would have fallen asleep at the movie. You know, comfy reclining chair, and dark theatre, plus way too full of a belly? Yeah, I was struggling, and in dangerous thoughts that I would have to eat again, only in a matter of hours. Yes, I was that full.

Regardless of the matter, I did stay awake during the movie, and a great one at that, and as I kind of got a second wind, we decided to head over to a local supper club, Diamond Jim’s. As they brought out bread and relish trays, I could not even fathom eating bread, although I watched my oldest boy probably take down two bread trays, and after I watched him inhale his bacon burger and fries at lunch, I only thought how is this even possible? By the way he also took down a rack of ribs and three huge shrimp, plus more fries after this bread contest! As much as I did not even want to order anything, as I was that full from lunch, I decided that I would try their fried chicken. I know, fried chicken in a steak house supper club, right? Anyway, I probably only had a few bites, good bites at that, and decided I would take it home to make for lunch the following day. This is when I decided I would make a fried chicken buffalo sandwich.

Fried Chicken Buffalo Sandwich Recipe
Fried Chicken Buffalo Sandwich Recipe

Now you are either fan of buffalo chicken, or not. My wife is not, and as a matter of fact I do not even think I have seen her use buffalo chicken sauce, ever. Me? I’m a huge fan, and I have even just poured stuff on a spoon before only just to have the sauce. This sandwich was a perfect use of leftover fried chicken and breaking it down into a sandwich was even better.

Let’s get started.

Ingredients:

  • Leftover fried chicken (I used have a breast, and a thick), warmed in the oven
  • 1 whole bolillo roll
  • 2 tbsp ranch, or blue dressing
  • 1/2 cup of your favorite buffalo sauce
  • 1 rib of celery, diced
  • 1/2 cup of shredded mozzarella cheese

Start by preheating your oven to 350 degrees.

Next, break up your chicken and remove the meat from the bone. Place onto a baking sheet, and place into the oven, cooking for about 10 minutes.

During this time, slice the roll. To the bottom, slather on the ranch or blue cheese dressing, then top both sides with mozzarella cheese. Place the bun, into the oven to not only warm the bread, but also to melt the cheese.

How to make a fried buffalo chicken sandwich
How to make a fried buffalo chicken sandwich

When the cheese is slightly melted, remove both the chicken and the bread from the oven.

To the bottom of the bread, cover with the diced celery.

Add the chicken to a bowl, pour over the buffalo sauce, and give a good mix to ensure the chicken is coated.

Now place the chicken onto the roll, fold and gently press down. Now dig in.

This sandwich was awesome. Great texture from the fried chicken and celery, along with the perfect tanginess from the sauce, really made this a great use of leftovers, and the great memories from the previous day. Next time however, I will only have a light snack before heading out on a great birthday for my wife. Hope you enjoy and Happy New Year!

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