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!
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.
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!
I don’t know about this one! I’ve heard in some countries chicken feet are a delicacy! I don’t know if I could bring myself to eating them! Though this is the best recipe Iv’e seen so far for chicken feet. Ha!!
Nice work, great post!
Haha! If you get over the thought of feet, they are actually preety good. Even my pickiest of eaters devoured them.
tried your recipe twice and I am hooked on chicken feet…once you get over the notion of what they actually are and just enjoy…. the flavor and texture they are really good. the last times I just boiled them down to a stew butter/onion/cerery/black pepper and salt..yum yum tonight I will try the roasted feet will let you know
Thanks for the comment, Patricia. You’re right, once you get over the idea they are great little snacks. Not a whole lot to them but fun to eat.
A very long recipe with not enough satisfaction. After the 2 1/2 hour simmering the chicken feet, and overnight refrigeration, all the liquid becomes gelatin, so you canâ€™t drain off any excess water prior to putting it in the oil. Putting the chicken feet in the oil makes a big mess in the hot oil spatters causing you to get burnt. Not a very safe thing to do and can cause a grease fire. I didnâ€™t use barbecue seasoning, and I opted to use salt and pepper so I can get the full flavor of the chicken. The chicken feet Become somewhat crispy in the oven, but the of in process the gelatin in the feet toughens up so it was difficult to get much meat off of the chicken feet but the flavor was good. Overall it wasnâ€™t worth the hours of preparation and the big mess. The traditional way of cooking chicken feet is much better in my opinion. I prefer the traditional way of cooking chicken feet through brazing and slow cooking because you get more of the meat off the small bone easier and less mess.
Iâ€™m an old timer in love with chicken feet cooked any style. Iâ€™m now preparing air fried method. Cut nails and Washed well with salt and vinegar several times. Mixed and Marinated 12 chicken feet in 1 tablespoon sesame oil, lemon juice,sea salt,pepper, oinion & garlic powder, 1 tablespoon baking powder. Let set in frig for 1 hour. Air Fried. Delicious!
That’s great to hear Barbara! I’m glad the air fryer process work well. Have a great week.
Not a recipe yet! Planning to try them soon, I have a friend from Trinidad! Just wanted to comment, I drove a truck for many years picking up frozen chicken feet and delivering to the State Port in Wilmington NC! To the tune close to a million lbs a month, sometimes that many in a week!
Tom, holy moly that’s a lot of chicken feet!
I like chicken feet for making stock but the feet don’t get wasted at all. I’ve pickled them with spicy vinegar solution and served them like pickled pigs feet (a hit at a recent get-together). Sometimes I roast the feet before making stock, just like roasting bones before making bone broth. They get cooked with aromatics and are so flavorful when I take them out. I then marinate them in a vinegar/cayenne mixture before roasting them in the oven (I like using coconut oil) until crispy. They’re nice and spicy and most of the collagen is left behind in the delicious stock, which is what you want your stock to be enriched with. So they’re essentially triple-cooked feet. For me, it’s not too much work since I end up with a tasty stock and a nice crispy snack. Duck feet are good, too!
Unfortunately, chicken feet aren’t as inexpensive as they used to be. People are discovering them.
Thanks and eat mo’ feet!