Hot and Spicy Chicken Feet

Hot and Spicy Chicken Feet

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Prep: 15 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 35 mins
Servings: 6 to 8 servings
Nutritional Guidelines (per serving)
317 Calories
17g Fat
12g Carbs
24g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 6 to 8
Amount per serving
Calories 317
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 17g 22%
Saturated Fat 5g 23%
Cholesterol 95mg 32%
Sodium 917mg 40%
Total Carbohydrate 12g 4%
Dietary Fiber 1g 3%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 24g
Vitamin C 3mg 14%
Calcium 132mg 10%
Iron 2mg 9%
Potassium 147mg 3%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

Bring Asian street food into your kitchen with this hot and spicy chicken feet recipe. This amazing appetizer doesn't have much meat to it, but it is packed with complex flavor. The use of sake, fresh ginger, soy sauce, hot chiles, cinnamon, and star anise, along with the classic Asian sauces—oyster and hoisin—create a delightful mixture for your taste buds.

While chicken feet are known to be a favorite treat in Asian countries, the appetizer is becoming more popular here in the United States. It is also enjoyed in Trinidad and Tobago, Ukraine, Romania, Moldova, Italy, Jamaica, South Africa, Peru, and Mexico. Chicken feet are eaten similarly to the way we eat chicken wings, so instead of making wings next time you're watching the big game, change it up with these spicy chicken feet.


  • 32 chicken feet (about 2 pounds)

  • Kosher salt

  • 1/2 cup sake

  • 1/3 cup water

  • 6 large thin slices fresh ginger

  • 1/3 cup soy sauce

  • 1/4 cup sugar (Chinese yellow rock or granulated sugar)

  • 2 dried hot chiles, crushed

  • 2 tablespoons oyster sauce

  • 2 tablespoons hoisin sauce

  • 2 pods star anise 

  • 1 stick cinnamon

  • 1 cup sliced scallions (1-inch pieces)

  • Garnish:

    2 tablespoons minced scallions

  • Garnish:

    1 tablespoon sesame seeds, toasted

Steps to Make It

Note: While there are multiple steps to this recipe, this hot and spicy dish is broken down into workable categories to help you better plan for preparation and cooking.

Clean the Chicken Feet

  1. Bring a large pot of water to nearly a boil.

  2. Add the chicken feet, in batches if necessary, and cook for approximately 30 seconds. While you can add more than 1 chicken foot at a time, make sure not to overcrowd the pot. Set each chicken foot on a plate to cool.

  3. Once cool enough to handle, begin peeling off the skin one foot at a time. You may find it easier to peel the top layer of the nails first before removing the skin from the rest of the foot, but either way is fine. The goal is to remove the top layer of skin and nails. 

  4. Proceed to fully cut the nails off of each chicken foot at the first joint.

  5. The scaly skin and nails are unusable and should be discarded. 

Cook the Chicken Feet

  1. Rub the cleaned chicken feet with kosher salt and let stand for 10 minutes.

  2. Rinse the salted chicken feet under cold water.

  3. Boil another pot of water, salt it generously, and add the chicken feet; blanch for 5 minutes and drain well.

  4. Place a 14-inch sauté pan over high heat. Add the chicken and dry-sear until lightly brown.

  5. Add the remaining ingredients and bring to a simmer. Cook, covered, for about 10 minutes.

  6. Uncover and simmer until the sauce has become thick and cooked down, tossing frequently to coat the feet as the sauce reduces.

  7. Garnish with minced scallions and toasted sesame seeds. Serve and enjoy.


  • You can clean the chicken feet up to a day prior to cooking. Just place them in the refrigerator until you are ready to proceed with the recipe. 
  • Chicken feet freeze well and will keep for at least six months as long as they are wrapped airtight to protect them from any freezer burn.

Are Chicken Feet Healthy?

Chicken feet may not have a lot of meat, but they are filled with collagen. This protein is beneficial to our skin and bones.