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How to cook chicken feet South African style.

In South Africa, chicken feet are a popular ingredient used in various dishes, particularly in soups and stews. Here’s a recipe for cooking chicken feet South African style:

chicken feet recipe

How to cook chicken feet South African style

How to cook chicken feet South African style
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Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 30 minutes
Course Dinner
Cuisine South African


  • 1 kg chicken feet

  • 2 tablespoons vegetable oil

  • 1 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced

  • 2 tomatoes, chopped
  • 1 green chili, finely chopped (optional)

  • 1 teaspoon ground cumin

  • 1 teaspoon ground coriander

  • 1 teaspoon paprika

  • 1 teaspoon dried thyme

  • Salt and pepper to taste

  • Water for cooking

  • Fresh cilantro or parsley, chopped (for garnish)


  • Clean the chicken feet thoroughly by removing any excess skin or nails. Rinse them under cold water.
    2. Heat the vegetable oil in a large pot over medium heat.
    3. Add the chopped onion and minced garlic to the pot and sauté until they become soft and translucent.
    4. Add the chopped tomatoes and green chili (if using) to the pot and cook for a few minutes until the tomatoes start to soften.
    5. Stir in the ground cumin, ground coriander, paprika, dried thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook the spices with the onion and tomato mixture for about a minute to release their flavors.
    6. Add the cleaned chicken feet to the pot and mix well, ensuring that they are coated with the spice mixture.
    7. Pour enough water into the pot to cover the chicken feet completely.
    8. Bring the mixture to a boil, then reduce the heat to low and let it simmer, covered, for about 1 to 1.5 hours or until the chicken feet become tender and the flavors meld together. Stir occasionally to prevent sticking and add more water if needed.
    9. Once the chicken feet are cooked, adjust the seasoning if necessary.
    10. Remove the pot from the heat and serve the chicken feet hot. You can garnish the dish with freshly chopped cilantro or parsley for added freshness.
    Chicken feet cooked South African style are often enjoyed as a flavorful and comforting dish on their own, or they can be served with rice, pap (maize meal), or bread.



When cooking chicken feet in South African style, there are a few things to note to ensure they turn out flavorful and tender. Here are some tips:
 Cleaning and preparation: Before cooking, clean the chicken feet thoroughly. Remove any excess dirt or debris, and trim the nails if desired. You can also blanch the chicken feet in boiling water for a few minutes to help remove any remaining impurities.
 Marination: Marinating the chicken feet can enhance their flavor. You can create a marinade using a combination of spices, herbs, and sauces. Some common South African marinade ingredients include garlic, ginger, soy sauce, Worcestershire sauce, lemon juice, and various spices like paprika, cumin, and chili powder. Allow the chicken feet to marinate for at least 1 hour or overnight in the refrigerator for more intense flavors.
 Slow cooking: Chicken feet are best cooked slowly to achieve tender results. You can use a slow cooker or a pot on the stovetop. Add the marinated chicken feet along with any additional ingredients like onions, garlic, carrots, and herbs to the cooking vessel. Cover the chicken feet with water or broth, ensuring they are fully submerged.
 Seasoning: South African style chicken feet often have a rich and spicy flavor. Consider adding traditional spices such as curry powder, turmeric, coriander, and cayenne pepper to the cooking liquid. This will infuse the chicken feet with aromatic flavors.
 Simmering time: Simmer the chicken feet over low heat for an extended period, usually around 2 to 3 hours. This slow cooking process allows the collagen in the feet to break down, resulting in tender meat and a flavorful broth. Stir occasionally and check for tenderness. The meat should easily pull away from the bone.
 Adjusting the flavors: Taste the broth and adjust the seasoning if needed. You can add more salt, spices, or herbs to achieve the desired taste.
Serving: South African-style chicken feet are often enjoyed as a snack or appetizer. Serve them hot, along with the flavorful broth. You can also pair them with dipping sauces, such as chili sauce or chutney, for an extra kick.
Note: Chicken feet can have small bones and cartilage, so be cautious when eating. Some people prefer to eat the meat and discard the bones, while others consume the whole foot.
It's always a good idea to refer to a specific recipe for detailed instructions and flavors you'd like to achieve. Enjoy your South African-style chicken feet!


Serving: 50g
Keyword Chicken feet
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