Freaky Foods From Around the World – Chicken Feet!

March 8, 2013 at 5:01 pm | Posted in Chicken Feet, Children's books, Cultural Diversity, Freaky Foods, Tolerance and Acceptance | Leave a comment

On today’s menu are chicken feet.  As listed in my book, Freaky Foods From Around the World – Platillos sorprendentes de todo el mundo, many cultures eat chicken feet.Freaky Cover Ä.indd

Here are some reported on Wikipedia:

  • In Trinidad, the chicken feet are cleaned, seasoned, boiled in seasoned water, and left to soak with cucumbers, onions, peppers and green seasoning until cool. It is eaten as a party dish called chicken foot souse.
  • In South Africa, chicken feet are mainly eaten in Townships in all nine provinces, where they are known as “walkie talkies” (together with the head,intestine,hearts and giblets) and “chicken dust”, respectively.[5] They are mostly prepared and eaten in the inner cities and townships. The feet are submerged in hot water, so the outer layer of the skin can be removed by peeling it off and then covered in seasonings and grilled. The name “chicken dust” derives from the dust chickens create when scratching the ground with their feet.
  • In Jamaican cuisine, chicken feet are mainly used to make soup, known as chicken foot soup. The soup contains yams, potatoes, green/yellow banana, dumplings and special spices in addition to the chicken feet, and is slow cooked for a minimum of two hours.
  • Chicken feet are a popular ingredient across Mexico, particularly in stews and soups. They are often steamed to become part of a main dish with rice, vegetables and most likely another part of the chicken, such as the breast or thighs. The feet can be seasoned with mole sauce. On occasion, they are breaded and fried.

Try out this yummy recipe:

Explore the origins of chickens

complements of Wikipedia

Red Junglefowl

Red Junglefowl

Grey Junglefowl

Grey Junglefowl

The Red Junglefowl (Gallus gallus) is a tropical  member of the Pheasant family. It is thought to be ancestral to the domestic chicken , with some hybridisation with the Grey Junglefowl whose origins are Tamil Nadu, South India.


Tamil Nadu, South India

The Red Junglefowl was first domesticated at least five thousand years ago in Asia, then taken around the world, and the domestic form is kept globally as a very productive food source of both meat and eggs.

The range of the wild form stretches from Tamil Nadu, South India (where it has almost certainly been diluted with cross breeding from domestic breeds) eastwards across southern China and into Malaysia, The Philippines (where it is locally known as labuyo) and Indonesia. Junglefowl are established on several of the Hawaiian Islands, but these are feral descendents of domestic chickens. They can also be found on Christmas Island and the Marianas.Asia

Author Comments

In making my book, I tried a chicken feet recipe from China.  I now see that I did not clip the toe nails off correctly.  I guess I just gave them a little trim!  Ha ha.

Please share with me your recipes on chicken feet or your experience eating this unusual dish.

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