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Soup Name:  Basic Chinese Chicken Soup Stock (Soup Base)

Traditional Chinese Name: 清雞湯 (qīng jī tāng)

Introduction: This is the base Chinese Chicken Soup stock that …

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Chicken Feet

Submitted by on January 9, 2009 – 8:16 pm2 Comments | 16,785 views

Ingredient Name:  Chicken Feet
Traditional Chinese Name: 雞腳 (jī jiǎo)
What is this?
  • Literally, the feet of the chicken
  • Although it sounds and looks a bit gross (almost like human hands), chicken feet are a wonderful meat to use as the base flavour of chinese soups because the extra gelatin (from the cartilege) and the marrow (found within the bones) gives the soup an extra fullness and silkiness

How do I prepare it?

  1. Rub with salt and wash thoroughly
  2. Pre-boil the feet in a separate pot of water for 5 minutes until softened
  3. Drain completely and rinse with cool water until the chicken feet are cool enough for handling
  4. Cut off the claws / nails and trim the hard skin from underneath the feet
  5. Rinse again and use as desired

Where can I buy this?

  • In almost any Asian or Chinese supermarket
  • Some butchers may also have chicken feet as left-overs (free!) especially Western butchers who don’t have many customers for chicken feet

What is the cost?

  • Chicken feet are inexpensive and can cost about $1.50 CAD per pound

Any benefits?

  • Chicken is extremely dense in nutrients, including protein, zinc, iron, phosphorous, riboflavin, thiamin and niacin 
  • In particular, the extra minerals and gelatin found in chicken feet are said to be good for joint problems

Any precautions?

  • Wash your hands and cutting utensils thoroughly after handling raw poultry to avoid cross-contamination like salmonella




  • B Lee says:

    I’ve read an article about chicken feet in a Chinese newspaper (in Canada) and it says that antibiotics residues are mostly left in the chicken feet. Is that true? Have you heard of it?

  • ally says:

    How long is the salt left on the chicken feet before washing off?

    Why not put chicken feet in water and add some salt to the water, and leave to soak overnight? What’s the difference?

    When making soups, why is it important to add ingredients only when the water is boiling and not at the start when its cold?


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