Dim Sum Chicken Feet

Dim Sum Chicken Feet

Each time I make these braised chicken feet, or fèng zhǎo (which means phoenix claws), they fill the air with the appetizing and sweet-smelling scents of star anise, hot matured stew oil, and fragrant garlic.

They’re a faint entirety staple in China and numerous spots the world over, yet making them at home will give you new and tumble off the bone phoenix hooks.


Chicken feet are certainly not an ordinary thing on most American menus, but rather it’s a quite normal thing on numerous Asian, Eastern European, African, and other ethnic foods. As economical bits of chicken, they are open and are similarly as delightful.

I completely appreciate all parts of faint whole: the push trucks, the fragrant scents of five flavor, the card stepping, and above all, the huge swath of little and shareable alternatives. It’s frequently hard to track down chicken feet, burn siu bao, cheung fun, pork and shrimp shumai, xiao long bao, and egg tarts across the board place simultaneously aside from faint aggregate. It’s an extraordinary treat (that I like to get myself pretty much every possibility I get).

Sourcing & prep

In the event that you’ve never made chicken feet, you may be pondering where you can even get chicken feet since it’s not commonly a bit of chicken you find all things considered American supermarkets. Previously, I’ve gotten them from my nearby Asian stores, as Hmart or 99 Ranch. Attempt to pick the most stout and huge estimated feet to get the most skin.

To set up the chicken, you need to clean and wash them, eliminate any “contaminations” like dim earthy colored spots with a blade, and furthermore remove the tips of the paws where the nails lie.

Probably the best recommendation I got when first creation these chicken feet is to evaporate them however much as could reasonably be expected before searing. Drying the feet previously lessens splattering oil when searing — trust me these infants splatter a LOT.

During the searing cycle, I normally place around four or five feet in the oil gradually and spread with a cover.

Frying & braising

With this formula, I am staying with the customary method of cooking chicken feet by broiling first and afterward braising. This cycle may appear to be somewhat strange to you, yet browning the chicken feet first really gives us the most stout and delicate skin toward the finish of cooking.

The browning cycle somewhat separates the hardened structure of the chicken feet, eliminates the overabundance water from the chicken, and considers the chicken to absorb all the appetizing and delightful fluid during braising.

Subsequent to singing, I braise the chicken feet with a collection of sweet-smelling fixings like star anise, clam sauce, chinkiang wine, ginger, and garlic. You need to braise for a significant stretch of time to get delicate and flavor imbued bits of chicken feet. Skirting the braising step can conceivably give you chewy and extreme chicken skin that nobody needs to eat.


The last advance is making a thick, pungent, and sweet coating to saute the now puffy and flexible chicken feet. In the event that you’ve had chicken feet during faint aggregate, you may see the red shading; This is made by utilizing aged dark bean stew oil that conveys a slight back warmth so you just need a limited quantity.

I like to adjust the zestiness of the matured oil by including soy sauce, shellfish sauce, and dim earthy colored sugar. I likewise include a portion of the braising fluid into this sauce to weaken the thickness of the sauce and include much more flavor. At the point when you throw the full chicken feet into this sweet, pungent, and zesty coating, you’ll believe you’re really at a faint whole café.

How do you eat dim sum chicken feet?

Since you have your delicious and delicate chicken feet, how would you eat them? After handfuls and many chicken feet I’ve devoured throughout the long term, I’ve sorted out the most ideal approach to eat them.

In case you’re utilizing chopsticks, get a decent, strong hold at the wrist with the goal that it doesn’t slide around or drop right when you’re going to take a nibble. You can likewise utilize a fork, however this is harder to use since there isn’t generally “meat” to penetrate. I like to gnaw off the fingers from the hook and utilize my chopsticks to eliminate additional bones en route while I’m eating.



  • 1 lb chicken feet
  • vegetable oil
  • ¼ c cornstarch


  • 10 water
  • 3 inches ginger sliced
  • 6 cloves garlic smashed
  • 4 cloves star anise
  • 2 tbsp oyster sauce
  • tbsp chianking wine or rice wine vinegar


  • 1 tbsp cornstarch
  • 2 tbsp water
  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 tbsp garlic minced
  • ¼ c braising liquid from above
  • 2 tsp dark brown sugar
  • 1 tbsp oyster sauce
  • 1 tbsp light soy sauce
  • ¼ tsp crushed black pepper
  • 2 tsp black bean chili oil



  1. Clean your chicken feet by running them under virus water to eliminate any earthy colored spots or additional bone pieces and wipe off. Spot them on a cooling rack to dry out however much as could be expected for in any event 30 minutes on your counter (or your refrigerator on the off chance that you need to dry them out longer).
  2. Utilize sharp kitchen scissors or a blade to cut the tips of the hooks/nails and furthermore other dull spots around the feet.
  3. In a bowl, include the cornstarch and daintily spread the chicken with the cornstarch. Residue off abundance cornstarch and spot the chicken feet back on the rack.
  4. Fill a weighty lined pot with vegetable oil (or another nonpartisan oil) to around two inches and preheat oil to 375 °F. Cautiously lower the chicken feet individually into the oil and fry for around two minutes or until they turn lighter earthy colored.
  5. Move the chicken to a cooling rack to eliminate abundance oil and cool. Rehash with the following clump of chicken feet.


  1. Braising following browning considers stout and flexible chicken feet don’t as well, pause. In an enormous stock pot over medium-high warmth, include water, ginger, garlic, star anise, shellfish sauce, chinkiang wine, and the pan fried chicken feet. Heat to the point of boiling and mix. Lower the warmth to medium-low or to a stew and spread the pot. Stew for around 60 minutes.


  1. Subsequent to braising, the chicken feet should look puffy and delicate. Move the chicken feet into a bowl and channel the braising fluid to put something aside for later utilizing a sifter to eliminate aromatics. TIP: I make an effort not to premake the braised chicken feet the day preceding in light of the fact that I found the chicken feet don’t absorb the delightful sauce as much as new braised feet. It likewise takes more time to warm up the effectively flexible chicken feet and can cause skin breakage.
  2. In a medium pan over medium, include vegetable oil and saute garlic for around 30 second or until fragrant.
  3. In a little bowl blend the cornstarch and water.
  4. Add the rest of the Sauce fixings to the pot and mix until the sugar has broken up, at that point cook for one more moment.
  5. While blending the sauce, include the cornstarch and water blend and mix to completely break up. The sauce should start to thicken quick so continue mixing to ensure all the fluid is joined. On the off chance that it’s too thick you can add additionally braising fluid to thin it out. See photograph for the objective sauce consistency.
  6. Include the chicken feet and mix to cover each piece. Move to a serving bowl and serve right away.

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