How To Cook Chicken Feet South African Style

How To Cook Chicken Feet South African Style

Chicken feet may not sound like the most appetizing dish, but in South Africa, it's considered a delicacy. They're common in soups and stews and are a great source of collagen, which is excellent for your skin and joints.

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  1. Ingredients
  2. Instructions
    1. Cleaning The Chicken Feet
    2. Coating The Chicken Feet
    3. Serving The Chicken Feet
  3. Conclusion


Before we dive into the recipe, let's take a quick look at the ingredients required for making this delicious dish:

  • 1kg of chicken feet
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 3 large carrots, chopped
  • 1 green pepper, chopped
  • 3 tomatoes, chopped
  • 2 cloves of garlic, minced
  • 1 tablespoon of ginger, grated
  • 1 tablespoon of paprika
  • 1 teaspoon of salt
  • 1 teaspoon of black pepper
  • 1 tablespoon of vegetable oil
  • Water


Now that we've got our ingredients sorted, let's move on to the recipe:

Cleaning The Chicken Feet

The first step in preparing chicken feet is cleaning them. Rinse them under running water and use a sharp knife to remove the claws and the outer layer of skin. Once you've done that, add some water and vinegar to a pot and bring it to a boil. Add the chicken feet to the pot and let it boil for about 10 minutes. Drain the water and rinse the chicken feet again.

Coating The Chicken Feet

Add the vegetable oil to a pot and heat it over medium heat. Add the chopped onions, garlic, and grated ginger to the pot and sauté until the onions are translucent. Add the chopped tomatoes, carrots, and green pepper to the pot and let everything cook for about 5 minutes. Add the paprika, salt, and black pepper to the pot and stir well.

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Add the chicken feet to the pot and stir well, making sure that the sauce coats the chicken feet well. Add enough water to the pot to cover the chicken feet and bring it to a boil. Reduce the heat and let it simmer for about 1 hour or until the chicken feet are tender.

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Serving The Chicken Feet

Once the chicken feet are cooked, you can serve them hot with some pap and chakalaka. Alternatively, you can also let them cool and use them in soups or stews.


South African-style chicken feet are incredibly easy to make and are a great way to incorporate collagen into your diet. Try out this recipe and let us know how it turns out!

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