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Are There Any Benefits in Eating Chicken Feet?


Mazlan has a passion for health and fitness. He enjoys yoga, cycling, home workouts, and healthy food.

Chicken feet provide a surprising number of health benefits.

Chicken feet provide a surprising number of health benefits.

Do People Eat Chicken Feet?

Eating chicken feet may sound unappetizing to some people, but it is considered to be a delicacy in many Asian countries, including China, Vietnam, the Philippines, and Korea.

People in other parts of the world eat chicken feet, too. Recipes featuring chicken feet are popular in Jamaica, South Africa, Trinidad, and a number of countries in South America.

What is so special about chicken feet? Some say it's good to avoid wasting any edible parts of the chicken. This could be true, as many ethnic groups that ate chicken feet were traditionally from the lower income groups. Others say chicken feet are healthy. Would you eat chicken feet if given the chance?

In This Article

  1. Health Benefits: Clear Complexion
  2. Collagen
  3. Drink Ingestible Collagens for Smoother and Firmer Skin?
  4. Beauty Products
  5. Arthritis
  6. Uses
  7. Cooking Tips
  8. Eating Tips
  9. Where to Purchase
  10. Chicken Feet for Dogs
  11. Will More People Eat Chicken Feet?
  12. Nutrition Facts
  13. Vitamin Content
  14. Mineral Content
  15. FAQs
  16. Video on Benefits
  17. References and Further Reading

Chicken Feet Health Benefits: Clear Complexion

One of the positive, health-related benefits of eating chicken feet is a good, clear complexion. Research by the Department of Animal Science of National Chung-Hsing University in Taiwan showed that chicken feet contained lots of collagen[1]. Collagen, as you know, is the ingredient for youthful-looking skin.

Did you know that cooked chicken feet will expand? A good example is chicken feet prepared in the Chinese dim sum style, above.

Did you know that cooked chicken feet will expand? A good example is chicken feet prepared in the Chinese dim sum style, above.

Chicken Feet and Collagen

The research at this Taiwanese University also confirmed chicken feet as a good alternative source for collagen. The usual source for collagen is from bovine, pig and marine fish. But the production cost from these sources is very expensive.

Chicken feet are not only rich in collagen but also a good source of hyaluronic acid, and chondroitin sulfate. Hyaluronic acid is touted as the fountain of youth—it can prevent the effects of aging. Chondroitin sulfate is good for osteoarthritis so it is good for people with joint problems.

What are Collagen and What Are Its Benefits?

Collagen can simply be described as a protein that acts as a glue that 'holds our body together'. The benefits are not only for the skin but also for the heart and can even improve athletic performance. Other benefits of taking collagen[2] are:

  • Healthier and younger-looking skin.
  • It is rich in calcium and protein, without the carbohydrates.
  • It improves blood supply by strengthening the blood vessels.
  • Assist the body in metabolizing fats, therefore good for weight loss.
  • Slows the effect of arthritis.
  • Reduce pain and swelling (inflammation).

Most collagen, or collagen supplements, are expensive. Why pay so much when you can have a cheap or almost free alternative? Use chicken feet instead.

To enjoy the benefits of collagen in the chicken feet, use it in your soups, broths or in any cooking.

Drink Ingestible Collagens for Smoother and Firmer Skin?

For centuries, Asian foods and drinks have been based on herbs, spices, and unprocessed foods and this includes chicken feet to keep their complexion glowing.

Now, beauty and pharmaceutical companies have started to market beauty-from-within products and this includes collagen drinks.

Do they work?

Dr. Stefanie Williams, a dermatologist & medical director of European Dermatology London, says that some collagen drinks actually live up to their claims of getting better-looking skin.

Do you want to try?

Beauty Product That Uses Chicken Feet

BioCell Collagen, an American product that promotes younger-looking skin and active joints, makes their collagen peptide complex from chicken feet cartilage.

I have not tried this product yet but based on Amazon.com reviews by users, 67% gave it a 5-star rating and 5% gave it a 1-star rating. This is from 392 reviewers.

Update: Jan 2018: I recently bought this product mainly for my knee joint problem and after one month of usage, I can feel some improvements and my face is also less dry. Will see how it goes.

Update: June 2018: Now that I had more than 4 bottles of BioCell over a continuous period of 5 months 'dosage' I can safely say that it has reduced my knee joint pain and I can easily walk or even run up staircases. The dry skin that is visible on my hand looks much better now. Not sure if it will go back to my old problem if I stop taking BioCell! Have yet to try.

Update: April 2019: After more than a year of using this product, I can now confirm it has more benefits to my skin dryness and fine lines. Although I saw improvement to my knee problem, it was not enough for my jogging or brisk walking. I have to use other products to help me with these exercises. So, if you want to improve your joint pain, you can forget this BioCell Collagen. But if you want to improve your complexion, this is a great product.

Chicken Cartilage for Arthritis

Chicken feet consist of bones, skin, and tendons, but no muscles. These are packed with protein, calcium, trace minerals, collagen, and cartilage that are easily absorbed by the body. These are the essential nutrients required for good joint movement to minimize arthritis and joint pain[3].

Bone and Joint Health

A serving of two boiled chicken feet has about 88 mg of calcium. For Asians that don't drink milk with breakfast, this is a good way to boost their calcium levels in order to reduce the risk of brittle bones.

Likewise, instead of buying supplements with glucosamine and chondroitin, use chicken feet in your soup or broth and enjoy a cheaper option for joint health.

This is why Chinese martial art experts use chicken feet as part of their diet regimen.

Despite the goodness of chicken feet, many people are not eating it as it reminds them of the human hand!

Despite the goodness of chicken feet, many people are not eating it as it reminds them of the human hand!

Research on Uses of Chicken Feet

Powdered Chicken Feet to Regenerate Neutrons

Many years ago Dr. Harry Robertson did research on the potential of chicken feet to regenerate nerves, bones, muscles, and its healing effect on spinal cord injury. The research and discoveries showed promising results.

However, it was subsequently stopped by the FDA and it was never continued. Issues with sanitation and testing methods were some of the reasons the FDA gave on why it had to stop.

According to Dr. Robertson, chicken feet were the greatest medical advancement since the introduction of penicillin, and it was a shame that the FDA had to stop this research.

How to Cook Chicken Feet

Are you now ready to enjoy the goodness of chicken feet? Let's get working then.

Cleaning chicken feet is quite easy but if this is your first time, it can be a bit awkward. Follow the following steps and you will soon be an expert!

  1. Wash chicken feet thoroughly.
  2. Rub them with salt to remove any stubborn stains.
  3. Scald the chicken feet in boiling water for about 3 minutes.
  4. Let it cool before you peel the yellow membranes on the feet.
  5. Using either a sharp knife or a kitchen scissor, chop off the tip of the claws/nails.

The chicken feet are now ready for cooking.

For another simple chicken feet recipe, check John Lethlean article on The Australian that uses fresh coriander, chili and lime juice as garnishes. It is a nice and simple recipe but time-consuming!

Boy enjoying chicken feet in Mexico City

Boy enjoying chicken feet in Mexico City

How to Eat Chicken Feet

It depends on the dish.

For the Chinese dim sum chicken feet recipe, the feet are marinated in soy sauce, black beans, and several spices. The fun is in sucking at the bone and enjoying the juice/sauce. You bite a piece of the foot, suck, and pull off the skin. It is scrumptious if it is properly cooked and marinated, and you should eat it. Remove the small bone from your mouth and continue with the other portion of your chicken foot.

For the Mexican chicken feet recipe that is breaded and fried, the soft outer skin is chewed, but the rest of the feet are left uneaten.

If chicken feet are used in soup, then eat all the parts except the bone. Alternatively, you can bite at one of the toes and suck in the juice.

If it was grilled, as in Filipinos dish "adidas," then bite off the skin and eat it just like a drumstick. The bone? Toss it away.

Where to Buy Chicken Feet

If you live in Asia or another country where chicken feet are a delicacy, you will have no problem. Otherwise, you can get them in most Asian butcheries. Alternatively, you can always ask your local butchers to keep them for you.

Frozen Chicken Feet

Still having problems buying chicken feet? Do not worry as frozen chicken feet are now sold online! Just search and you will find many companies offering them for sale and are graded according to size. Grade A and A+ chickens will have feet between 4.7 to 6 inches (12-15 cm) in length.

These frozen chicken feet must be washed and cleaned before you cook them.

Chicken Feet for Dogs

It seems the benefits of chicken feet are also enjoyed by our canine friends.

Can Dogs Eat Chicken Feet?

Some families fed their pet dogs with cooked as well as uncooked chicken feet (less the nails) and claimed to be good for the dog's joint health. Since it is mostly cartilage, it is suitable for dogs that have problems chewing harder bones.

Dehydrated Chicken Feet

On Amazon.com, you can even buy the dehydrated, crunchy chicken feet for your dog. This 'Made in America' product advertised it as 'good natural source of chondroitin and is good for dogs with a joint problem'. It went on to say that these crispy pieces are perfect for anytime snacks.

Can you feed cats with chicken feet?

It should not be a problem, but will your cat eat them?

Will More People Eat Chicken Feet?

Some say that it is difficult for the uninitiated to eat chicken feet as they look like a human hand. The idea of chewing on this "creepy stuff" already puts them off. It is hard for them to imagine chicken feet as food.

That was the case with chicken wings years ago. They used to be thrown away but now demand has increased. In the USA, it was reported that sales of chicken wings peaked during Super Bowl, NFL Playoffs, and March Madness games.

Will this be the case with chicken feet? Will more people eat chicken feet?

What about you? Can you eat chicken feet?

Boiled Chicken Feet Vitamins Content



13.3 mg



0.4 mg



0.2 mg



0.06 mg


Vitamin A

100.00 IU


Vitamin B12

0.47 mcg


Vitamin B6

0.010 mg


Vitamin C


Vitamin D

0.0 IU


Vitamin E

0.27 mg


Vitamin K

0.2 mcg


Boiled Chicken Feet Mineral Content

Source: www.nutritionvalue.org/Chicken%2C_boiled%2C_feet_nutritional_value.html


Calcium, Ca

88.0 mg


Copper, Cu

0.102 mg


Iron, Fe

0.91 mg


Magnesium, Mg

5.0 mg


Phosphorus, P

83.0 mg


Potassium, K

31.0 mg


Selenium, Se

3.6 mcg


Sodium, Na

67.0 mg


Zinc, Zn

0.69 mg


FAQs on Chicken Feet

Here are a few frequently asked questions on chicken feet for your reference:

Are they high in cholesterol?

A serving of two boiled chicken feet has 84 mg of cholesterol. This is the LDL cholesterol i.e. the bad cholesterol that can lead to heart disease. It also has a high content of saturated fat. Hence, limit your consumption of chicken feet to reduce this risk.

Are they good for high blood pressure?

Chicken feet are high in collagen content and based on the study by the researchers at Hiroshima University, collagen can reduce high blood pressure.

Are they high in uric acid?

No. Food with a high purine content gives you a higher risk of uric acid that leads to gout problem, which is low in chicken feet.

In fact, based on the study by researchers at Brawijaya University, Indonesia, and published in the Journal of Applied Pharmaceutical Science, glucosamine and chondroitin sulfate in chicken feet cartilage powder was able to improve gout and gouty arthritis by decreasing the urate level.

How many chicken feet in 100 grams?

A serving of two medium-sized chicken feet is about 70 grams. So, two and a half chicken feet is about 100 grams.

Video on the Benefits of Eating Chicken Feet

I did a video to summarize the key highlights of this article. You can watch it here, or share it with your friends.

References and Further Reading

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

Questions & Answers

Question: Are chicken feet allowed for people with high blood pressure?

Answer: You must check with your doctor on your specific blood pressure problem but generally, eating chicken feet in moderation is OK.

Question: How many chicken feet does an arthritis patient need to eat?

Answer: It varies from person to person and the severity of the problem. Chicken feet are not meant to be a cure for arthritis and it is advisable that you also seek medical help.

Question: Is eating chicken feet healthier than eating chicken drumsticks?

Answer: Chicken drumsticks have protein and provide different nutritional values. Chicken feet are good if you are looking for an alternative and cheaper form of collagen and to reduce any joint pain.

Question: What amount of chicken feet can we consume each day to promote weight loss?

Answer: There are no scientific studies on this, and I will not be able to give you the answer. However, weight loss is a combination of many things and not just one item. Do exercises as well and limit your food intake. It is best to eat very small portions at regular intervals - breakfast, lunch, tea-time, and dinner.

Question: Is consuming chicken feet good for pregnancy?

Answer: Chicken feet are natural food and I have not heard of any problems for pregnant women to consume them, It does have collagen which should be good for both mother and the fetus. But as with anything relating to pregnancy, please seek your doctors advise first.

Question: How long will it take to cook chicken feet soup at 200 degrees Fahrenheit?

Answer: If you want to hasten the cooking time use a pressure cooker instead; it will take only 30 minutes.

Question: Are there any health benefits to eating chicken intestines?

Answer: In some countries, the chicken intestine is a delicacy. It doesn't have the collagen benefits like chicken feet. But it does not some protein, carbohydrates and fat.

© 2013 MazlanA


MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on June 08, 2020:

Bruce, this is the best joke of the day!

bruce meyers on June 05, 2020:

If you eat the chickens feet they"re easier to catch

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on May 27, 2020:

Hi Robert Lim. That sounds delicious. There is also a Thai version of this salad recipe - it is sour, spicy, and topped with tomatoes, onion, and coriander. I prefer the Thai version! :-)

Robert lim on May 24, 2020:

In Singapore, l used to eat 'crytal chix claw' salad. The claw is blanched and deboned served with some shredded cucumber, onion w/chilli & sweet and sour dressing. Yummy and good, can eat 2 servings at one go.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on March 10, 2020:

Ola, it should be OK as long as you 'crunch' chicken feet bone (it is relatively soft, anyway) to small swallowable pieces!

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on March 10, 2020:

Hey Lucie. Thanks for sharing this important info and I am glad chicken feet porridge (topped with fried shallot, chopped green onions, and fried garlic?) has helped you with the joint pain. Continue to eat this comfort food!

Ola on March 09, 2020:

I eat all the skin, the bone, everything. Any problem with that? I hope it is safe. My children leave the chicken feet for me cause they know I like it.

Lucie on February 28, 2020:

I am eating chicken feet porridge for 3 months twice a week, because i have knee pain & plantar panciitis, to be honest all my joint pain gone & im still eating it continuosly til now, thanks for sharing, may everyone free from joint suffering, well & happy

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on January 20, 2020:

Hi Mumbi, thanks for the input.

Mumbi on January 15, 2020:

Most African countries eat chicken feet too.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on December 14, 2019:

Wow, three times a day sounds great. Some people will not even try chicken feet at all! Besides chicken feet, do you add other ingredients such as ginger to your porridge?

Lucie on December 10, 2019:

I enjoy my chicken feet in porridge, i can eat it 3x a day depends on your way of cooking, i love it

Mona H on October 30, 2019:

I add lots of onion, garlic, ginger, turmeric and some salt and pepper and cook it in pressure cooker for 20 minutes then strain and add some fresh lemon to clear broth and drink one cup a day. Very delicious (warm it up before eating). I started 2 weeks ago and no more pain in my knee and my fingers . I am 69 years old and have osteoarthritis. I will continue. I love it.

xxgald on October 27, 2019:

I am from China, and I LOVE eating chicken feet!!! Simply put in a pressure cooker with some water, soy sauce, dark soy sauce, sugar, cooking wine (optional). Half an hour later, you will know what is delicacy!

Bonnie brasel on August 01, 2019:

I make a delicious soup with Chicken Feet

Happy to hear it’s healthy

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on July 23, 2019:

Hey Gina, thanks for sharing.

Besarien from South Florida on July 14, 2019:

Great article! I'm all for using as much of the animal as I can. Waste not want not. The only thing I've ever done with chicken feet, though, is make stock for soup. I've used beef feet and pigs trotters for soup as well.

Gina Mape on July 06, 2019:

one of my favorites! chicken feet adobo! yummy!

Charlie Casas on April 15, 2019:

I’m eating some right now. Really good, I want some

Angel Guzman from Joliet, Illinois on March 24, 2019:

What the hell? Hmm i must say i am intrigued. Very interesting read Mazlan.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on January 16, 2019:

Veni, thanks and I am glad you enjoyed the dish. On more recipes, please click on the link to my other recipe articles.

Veni on January 16, 2019:

I try you spicy Kichap chicken , yummy . More recipe pls.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on January 01, 2019:

Carie..thanks for sharing and have a great new year

Carie on December 31, 2018:

I love chicken feet!!!

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on December 25, 2018:

Thanks and Happy New Year to you too. On your question regarding chicken intestine, I know in some countries like the Philippines and Indonesia, it is also a delicacy. Chicken intestines are mostly fat and some protein but high in sodium and cholesterol.

Thax Mr Mazlan,you've Teaches me new thing,here in Uganda many of us we throw them away,but now am goin to us them for these benifts,happy New Year on December 24, 2018:

Thax Mr Mazlan, I've learns many things,eatchicken's feet,what about Intestns?

abz1 on November 23, 2018:

Oh my gosh, we grew up begging to save the feet when butchering chickens! We would sit on the basement steps as we would be handed the feet to peel once our mother had dipped them in very hot water to defeather the chicken. If we did enough chickens, we'd have a nice batch of legs to cook up! I think someone saw them in a food store or Walmart once around here so may be seeking them out again!

Rakesh Kumar on November 09, 2018:

Thanks for clearing my doubt about eating chicken feet

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on November 08, 2018:

Aha Linda, so now you know :-)

Thanks for dropping by and do give it a try.

Linda Baird on October 23, 2018:

I thought it was a bad joke! So I researched! A great site.. I feel a little better about Chicken Feet!

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on October 05, 2018:

Doug, you not only loved chicken feet but you found someone who knows how to cook them well..good for you. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your story. Have a great weekend ahead.

doug on October 03, 2018:

Born and raised in canada , i grew up with chicken feet on the menu at home , they were alright , i married a philippine woman and she cooks the feet so they are a bit spicy , now i find them soooo delicious . Still find people who think its kind of gross to eat , thats good more for me !!

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on September 21, 2018:

Wow, Rachel. That sounds yummy and I too loves broad bean. Very good combination indeed. Thanks for sharing this.

Rachel on September 20, 2018:

Chicken feet are delicious. Cooked with curry, add broad beans. Served with plain white rice, yummy.

Cheryl on August 22, 2018:

I use chicken feet to make my own bone broth but cannot find anywhere of how to calculate the fats, proteins, and carbs in an 8 oz jar of broth. Can you help me?

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on July 27, 2018:

Hi Silvia, the 100 refers to gram i.e. 100 grams

Silvia on July 25, 2018:

Hello, I love chicken feet but am also worried about fat content. In the nutritional information above it states that the serving size is 100. Is that grams or ounces. I don't think it's peices, although it would be great if it was. I would be in chicken feet heaven. Can you help me with this so that I will know how many I can eat to consume the results above. Thanks.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on July 21, 2018:

Patricia , thanks for sharing this info on chicken feet souse. Is it same as sauce?

Patricia on July 21, 2018:

In Trinidad and Tobago we make chicken foot souse on weekends, a must have delicioussss.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on June 09, 2018:

Hey Daisy that's amazing. Do you just drink the broth/gel or also the cooked chicken feet? Thanks for dropping by and sharing this useful information.

Daisy on June 09, 2018:

I cook 15 chicken feet in slow cooker at low temperature for 24 hours let it cool strained them and put in fridge, it takes 24 hours and turns into gel, every day at lunch warm a cup add salt or chile and lime if desire, no one can guess my age, everyone thinks I am 20 years younger and feel great, when I go to meat market in Chicago I buy a lot divide them in zip locks and freeze them, the best and cheapest.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on May 26, 2018:

Hey Milton. Thanks for sharing these simple but awesome chicken feet with vindaloo sauce recipe. Will try it soon. Cheers

Milton R. on May 26, 2018:

I love chicken feet! My Chinese grandmother taught me how to cook with soybean paste thats the best but soy is off my diet now. Discovered an alternate. I use vindaloo sauce. First fry them in coconut or avacado oil, turning them to slightly brown. Then add the vindaloo sauce and water and bring to a boil. Reduce heat then simmer for 45 mins or so. Let cool and enjoy!

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on May 06, 2018:

Margie, no worries. Take your time :-)

Margie on May 02, 2018:

Mazlan, ha,ha, no I have not bought any yet!

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on May 01, 2018:

Hi Margie. Thanks for the compliment and did you buy any of the chicken feet at H.E.B?

Margie's Southern Kitchen from the USA on May 01, 2018:

Mazlan, I saw chicken feet at H.E.B. here in Texas. They look a little gross, but you have caught my interest. Loved your article, very informative! Thanks.

Lilian on April 23, 2018:

Love! Love! Love! It's my favorite part. Didn't know it had all these benefits. The crunch continues. :-))

Daystar on April 17, 2018:

As a Native American, I've eaten chicken feet my entire life. I love them!!!

Dharon on April 08, 2018:

It’s also good for reducing cellulite

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on March 27, 2018:

Hi, Kindwords. At low temperature means 160F? At this temperature, you may have spread it over 24hours. I know it is a long time to cook so you have to check at regular interval if it is OK. Remeber that gelatine only gels after it's cold. Want it faster, try with a pressure cooker.

Kindwords on March 27, 2018:

I will try to make a broth from chicken feet - But I don't know how long it is to cook on low temp...

At the moment I make a broth from Beef bone marrow cook on low temp for 12 hours...

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on March 24, 2018:

Hi Hulk. From nutritiondata website 1oz of chicken feet has calories equivalent to only 3%DV.

Depending on how it is cooked, the calories can add up. This applies to other type of foods as well.

Hulk on March 23, 2018:

Chicken feet is high in calories that can cause a bad side effect health

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on March 16, 2018:

Hey, YogaTeacher thank you for getting back to me and looking forward to hearing from you again on whether chicken feet soup helps with your yoga routine/flexibility :-)

Cheers and have a great weekend.

TheYogaTeacher on March 16, 2018:

Yes I am a certified Yoga or two different yoga styles. I do not teach these days..Life went in another direction BUT I am just starting my own yoga routine after a few years of doing very little.I am lacking flexibility naturally but I know with practice and patience I will be back where I want. I am not like few of my former students seemed double jointed, extremely flexible, but in 6 more months I will assess if the chicken soup helps for flexibility. I will let you know

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on February 23, 2018:

Hi TheYogaTeacher.

Thanks for dropping by and sharing your own personal experience. I always thought that using chicken feet in foods is very much an Oriental habits dating back hundreds of years ago. And in other parts of the world it is only since the last century. But your comment made me think that in Mexico it could have gone back to the days of the Aztec.

What your uncle said is very true and for readers that have not seen this 'jelly stuff' I suggest you boil chicken feet in just water and see what happen to this chicken feet water after it has cooled down.

The water has thicken and has a slippery feel to it, right? That's the collagen!

I loves your chicken soup recipe and must try it one day.

Thanks again for commenting and I am guessing you do yoga - chicken feet help you with the flexibility?

TheYogaTeacher on February 23, 2018:

Chicken feet have been used in Mexico to make chicken broth forever, maybe more so in the past.

My great-uncle told me when I was 12 y.o to eat soup from animal feet, pig or beef or chicken He was at the time 73 and did not wear any glasses for any purpose. He claimed that if you ate soup that when cold becomes very jelly your hair, eyes, skin and joints would be strong and beautiful

Now I started to eat chicken veggetable soup made with chicken feet (chopped including the large bone). The usual ingredients, onions, lots of garlic, celery, carrots, cabbage, green beans, a bit of potatoes. I will eat at least 3 cups per day for one year and see what changes or gets better. I DO believe they have kept many elderly people in better health. I am in my middle 50s but I hope to look as good as my great uncle when I am in my 70s.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on February 06, 2018:

N Hudson, haha. That's good to know. Enjoy your chicken feet curry.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on February 06, 2018:

Rosebud, the bones get soften and most people will chew off the skin and only suck the cartilage and then spit the bone out.

Enjoy your first adventure, don't let your son-in-law have all the fun eating chicken feet.

Rosebud on February 05, 2018:

Making first batch of chicken paws tonight. Does a person eat the whole thing? Are there bones or do they soften when boiled/simmered for 2 hours...I'm really making them for my son-in-law but am curious.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on January 27, 2018:

Chris, have fun and pls share your experience here. Thanks for dropping by and commenting.

Chris on January 27, 2018:

I am making my first batch of chicken feet broth today...can't wait to start using it in many of my recipes. Thank you for the great information.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on January 15, 2018:

That's good for you numa. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your love for chicken feet dim sum.

numa on January 15, 2018:

I love chicken feet, they are delicious. I get it every time I go to have dim sum, at first I didn't know that it was good for you, now I eat it every time I can get it. I'm also starting to enjoy the chicken skins too.

Asra on November 06, 2017:

I had a bad pain in my leg .when I ate chicken feet .now I feel no pain in my body

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on November 04, 2017:

cas, thanks for sharing. I didn't know that pig feet is just as popular as chicken feet throughout the West Indies.

cas on November 03, 2017:

Chicken feet are used throughout the West Indies not only Trinidad and Jamaica. Similarly pig feet. Thank you for sharing the benefits.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on September 26, 2017:

Hi, pices girl gfc, yea it takes awhile to get used to it but with the added benefits, I think you will enjoy eating chicken feet

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on September 17, 2017:

Hey John, thanks for sharing this. Here in Malaysia, the curried chicken feet are mostly found in the East Coast recipes i.e. recipes from Terengganu and Kelantan.

I have yet to try the Indian style curried chicken foot. But I have seen the postings on Facebook that give locations for such eateries. Will have to try them!

John Morais on September 16, 2017:


Let me tell you something

Curried Chicken foot is the sweetest thing ever.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on July 24, 2017:

Hey Dev, thanks for dropping by and sharing the info on the use of chicken feet in Trinidad. Have a great day.

dev on July 24, 2017:

very interesting article. i am from trinidad and it is used in other ways apart from souse, including soups and fried chicken feet. Didnt realise the health benefits, thanks for sharing

dagsieannejesion6@gmsil.com on June 17, 2017:

Very interesting, I will try broth to use in other recipes. Maybe try eating them.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on March 28, 2017:

Helen, that sounds great. Thanks for dropping by and sharing your experience.

Helen on March 28, 2017:

I have been making soups using both chicken feet and pig's feet and it healed my cracked heels which i have been suffering from for a few years. I havent even been using any lotion for my heels in months.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on November 15, 2016:

Hi, Joe. That sounds fantastic. Come back and let us know of your experience. Look forward to hearing from you soon!

Joe on November 14, 2016:

Can't wait to munch me some chicken feet! I feel younger already.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on October 27, 2015:

Hi Babbyii. apologies for this late reply. Yup, you are right. In your country, the butcher will definitely give you that funny look if you ask for chicken feet. Thanks for the visit and your kind words.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on October 15, 2015:

Hi peachpurple. You are right and it does sounds awful, but the chicken feet get cleaned anyway before cooking :-)

peachy from Home Sweet Home on October 15, 2015:

I don't eat chicken feet not due to its outlook but think about it, the feces that it steps on before it died, ewwwww!

Barb Johnson from Alaska's Kenai Peninsula on September 28, 2015:

Quite an interesting article. Never thought about the chicken feet. My joints would've benefited from it years ago. Can imagine the look on my local butcher's face - asking him to give me the chicken feet too. But then again, we do weird things here in Alaska all the time. Thanks!

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on August 31, 2015:

Hi moonlake. Thanks for dropping by and commenting. Yes, it is encouraging to see so many people had voted on whether they will eat chicken feet.

I recently read an online news article that things are so bad in Zimbabwe (it seems people are struggling to survive, as salary has not been paid for months) that they are surviving on chicken feet and gizzards! Well, you don't have to suffer, to try these 'delicacies'. Right?

moonlake from America on August 29, 2015:

812 people have voted on your poll, amazing. I would eat chicken feet. Interesting hub. We eat gizzards why not chicken feet?

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on June 30, 2015:

Hi choosetolive. I didn't know that Indian recipe also uses chicken feet. Thanks for sharing this info and thanks for the thumps up.

Ravi and Swastha from London, Canada on June 28, 2015:

What a hub. Good information. In southern part of Asia like India as well people eat Chicken feet. The way chicken food it cooked, will be spicy & delicious. So that people don't feel awkward and due to its rich spicy taste people eat well. Thanks to the hub. Very informative one ! Thumps up

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on January 26, 2015:

@FlourishAnyway, good to see you back here again. Thanks for sharing and the kind word.

FlourishAnyway from USA on January 09, 2015:

I'm back because amazingly I know someone in need of your recipes and instructions on how to clean chicken feet. People don't talk about it too much but they are out there! Keep writing!

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on January 08, 2015:

Hi MsDora. I know chicken feet are in The Caribbean's cooking and I am sure your friends will appreciate that. Thanks for dropping and have a good day.

Dora Weithers from The Caribbean on January 06, 2015:

Never thought I'd read an article about chicken feet. This is really good information. I will share with some of my friends who has the same question in your title. Thank you very much.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on December 30, 2014:

Hi Green Augustine, thanks for sharing your experience. I have googled and you can actually buy chicken feet in the UK at several places including at Portobello Road in London. You can also try the Asian butchers near you. Thanks for dropping by.

Green Augustine on December 29, 2014:

I lived in Spain for 25 years until mid 90's and chickens feet are often cooked in with soups, stews, rice dishes. You often see whole chickens in the butcher with head and feet attached. They also sell hens with their egg pouches in tact and when cooked in rice with broth, these are a great delicacy. In Spain the washed foot is held over a flame until all the yellow skin bubbles and blisters and is then easy to remove. And off course, the claws or talons are snipped off too. All these parts of the chicken are delicious and very nutritious. Sally Fallon's new book, Nourishing Broth, uses a lot of recipes with chickens feet, pigs trotters and Dr Kaayla Daniel supplies the scientific research as to why they are so good for our health!. This a really interesting blog. But where can you buy chicken feet fit for human consumption in the UK?

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on December 28, 2014:

@Romanian: On its own, chicken feet doesn't taste great. You need to flavor it with other condiments, and then it’s ok. Are you ready to try it? Thanks for the visit.

@FlourishAnyway: Hah, so you too agree with this idea of eating as much of the chicken parts as possible. I thought only Asians will think that way! Thanks for taking the time to read and comment. Have a great New Year.

FlourishAnyway from USA on December 28, 2014:

If people are going to eat chickens, I'd rather that they consume the entire thing so as not to be wasteful. This was a very interesting hub!

Nicu from Oradea, Romania on December 11, 2014:

Thanks for this useful article. Now I know that chicken feet it's healthy but also tasty.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on December 04, 2014:

Hi MarleneB. I know chicken feet are not easy stuff to eat. But when someday you had built up the courage to try, come back here and tell us your story. I am glad you enjoyed reading it though.

Marlene Bertrand from USA on December 04, 2014:

I don't think I'll ever (knowingly) eat chicken feet, but I do know that you covered this topic thoroughly. If I wanted to get into cooking and eating chicken feet, this is the article to read up about it. Excellent information. I enjoyed reading about chicken feet.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on November 16, 2014:

ShariBerry, you are not the only one. It is either you like it or hate eating chicken feet. If you want to try, then take the one that is chopped into smaller pieces. That way, you don't get to see the 'scary feet'!

Sharon Berry from Michigan on November 14, 2014:

You kept my attention but my brain wouldn't let me put a chicken foot in my mouth. My stomach is funny that way. However, I can see the great health benefits.

MazlanA (author) from Malaysia on October 28, 2014:

Hi DFW-Metro-Plex. That is a brilliant idea; chicken feet for your Halloween dish. I am sure it will make one hell of a dish. Chicken feet are also used as Voodoo Magic Amulet in New Orleans, so you can hang them around your neck, perfect for Halloween.

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