How to Make Steamed Chicken Feet

How to Make Steamed Chicken Feet

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Makes: 4-6 Servings | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Hours
Adapted From: My Several Worlds

If you’re new to dim sum, steamed chicken feet (aka Phoenix Claws) can be one of the most intimidating dishes at the table. Frankly, there’s no disguising them as they emerge from the dim sum cart — a small bowl full of chewy cartilage, skin and bones.

Steamed chicken feet are deep fried, braised and then steamed until the meat and skin are very soft. If you can get over the mental hurdle, steamed chicken feet are a highlight of the meal for intrepid dim sum diners.

Making chicken feet at home is a labor of love. You’re returning to an era when people had time to marinate ingredients overnight and tend to a stovetop for hours on end. That said, you can do it! Your reward in this case will be a deeply satisfying homestyle dish.

Can you share any expert tips from your experience making steamed chicken feet? Want to ask a question before you try making it yourself? I’d love to hear from you in the comments section below!

Steamed Chicken Feet Recipe

Makes: 4-6 Servings | Prep Time: 15 Minutes | Cook Time: 5 Hours
Adapted From: My Several Worlds


Chicken Feet:
1 pound chicken feet
2 quarts oil
2 quarts water
1 ounce fresh ginger
3 pieces star anise
2 ounces Chinese parsley roots
2 ounces maltose sugar

2 tablespoons oyster sauce
1 tablespoon sugar
2 tablespoons soy sauce
1 tablespoon sake
1 ounce chopped chile pepper
2 cloves garlic, minced
1/2 teaspoon white pepper
1 tablespoon black bean sauce
1/2 teaspoon sesame oil


1. Make sure to wash the chicken feet and chop off any toenails.

2. Heat the oil and mix the chicken feet with the maltose sugar. Deep fry in the oil until golden brown, about 7 minutes. Remove the feet and drain.

3. Boil the water and add ginger, star anise and parsley roots. Add the chicken feet and bring the mixture to a boil again. Reduce the heat and simmer for 90 minutes. Drain.

4. Combine marinade ingredients and marinate the feet for at least 3 hours (and up to 24 hours for maximum flavor). Before serving, steam the feet and marinade together in small bowls for 15 minutes.

Learn more about Steamed Chicken Feet from these Experts

Watch Annie Vang make Steamed Chicken Feet (VIDEO)
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Nose to Tail at Home shares their first encounter with Steamed Chicken Feet

HT: Photo by Ewan Munro via Wikimedia Commons.

8 Responses

    • Dim Sum Central

      Totally, they’re a favorite of mine, too. Making them at home is definitely an advanced move!
      ~ Wes

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