Make this flavorful Chicken Feet Adobo as a healthy low-carb Asian snack to nibble on. This simple recipe consists of fried chicken feet, garlic, Thai chili peppers, and a rich adobo sauce made with soy sauce or coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar, bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt. Drizzle the thickened adobo sauce over stewed chicken feet and enjoy with a side of rice.
Spicy Chicken Feet
If you’ve ever wondered if you can eat chicken feet, here is your official permission to go for it. Chicken feet aren’t just great for bone broth; they can also be nibbled on like chicken wings.
Chicken feet are considered a traditional food, similar to organ meats and odd bits. They are packed with excellent health benefits, mainly in the form of collagen. Therefore, regular consumption of chicken feet may help reduce joint pain, improve skin health, and prevent bone loss. 
However, preparing them in a healthy, tasty, and simple way can be challenging. I was thrilled to come up with this easy recipe for chicken feet. Here, we take an unpopular cut of meat and combine it with rich adobo sauce for a delicious and savory treat.
You’ve probably heard of adobo chicken or pork, but have you ever wondered what adobo actually is? Adobo is a popular cooking technique that originated in the Philippines. It typically consists of pantry basics like vinegar, soy sauce, garlic, bay leaves, and peppercorns.  There are limitless variations deriving from this Filipino classic, traditionally called adobong. That’s where these chicken feet adobo come in.
Asian cultures are known for not wasting food. And what seems unfashionable to us is a popular delicacy known in slang as adidas to the Filipinos, mainly because of the three claws on a chicken foot. 
So, if you’re ready to venture and try a chicken feet recipe, check out this flavorful Filipino-style recipe. Mix and match with your favorite sides or serve as a healthy snack or appetizer.
How to Cook Chicken Feet Adobo
Gather 5 main ingredients plus your cooking fat and a few seasonings, and you’re already halfway to making Chicken Feet Adobo.
This recipe requires a little patience, but it’s so worth it. Most chicken feet recipes online are very complicated with numerous steps. This is a much simpler process with less back and forth between multiple batches of liquid, frying, and simmering.
First, we start by frying chicken feet. Then, saute our aromatics. And finally, finish off by simmering all the ingredients together in what will develop into a rich adobo sauce.
Chicken Feet Adobo Ingredients
- Cooking oil – use a cooking fat with a high smoke point; my favorite is beef tallow, pork lard, or chicken schmalz for their health benefits as well as high smoke point but avocado oil is also a great option and may be more accessible
- Chicken feet – cleaned with nails trimmed; can be found in ethnic stores like Asian markets or Mexican grocery stores; can also be sometimes purchased at Whole Foods meat counter – just ask the butcher. White Oak Pastures also sells chicken feet online.
- Thai chili peppers – dried or fresh; you can also substitute the garlic and Thai chilis with one teaspoon of Thai chili garlic sauce
- Soy sauce – can use traditional soy sauce, coconut aminos, tamari, or other soy sauce alternative
- Apple cider vinegar
- Seasonings – bay leaves, whole black peppercorns, and salt
Additionally, you will need water to gently stew the chicken feet.
Substitutions and Variations
One of the most important things to remember as you make this chicken feet recipe is to use appropriate cooking fat. Don’t be tempted to use low-quality vegetable oils like corn oil and canola oil. Not only are they not compliant with any healing diet, but these oils are also commonly loaded with free radicals and, as a result, may increase inflammation in the body. [4, 5]
On the contrary, monosaturated fats like avocado oil and olive oil are relatively heat stable and much safer for cooking than canola oil. 
Better yet, do what our ancestors have done for centuries and use saturated fats like beef tallow, pork lard, or chicken schmalz. These fats offer excellent heat stability and, therefore, will not turn rancid quickly.
Adapt chicken feed adobo to best suit your diet. As mentioned already, healthy cooking fat is the pillar in any diet and will help you achieve nourishing fried chicken feet. There are several easy ways to modify the recipe and adjust for particular dietary needs.
- Keto diet – Keep this keto chicken feet recipe truly low-carb by using a keto soy sauce alternative.
- Dairy-free – this chicken feet dish is naturally dairy-free
- Paleo diet – Substitute coconut aminos for soy sauce instead.
- Low oxalate diet – Omit soy sauce and use a homemade version or coconut aminos instead.
- GAPS – Omit soy sauce.
- Whole30 – Omit soy sauce and use coconut aminos instead.
Follow these simple directions, and you can’t go wrong!
Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken feet until golden brown. You may need to do this in batches and flip them over halfway through cooking time with tongs.
Each side takes about 2 minutes.
Once done, remove from oil and set aside. Discard the cooking oil after cooking.
Pour out the oil, reserving about 2 tablespoons of the used oil. Mince garlic and finely chop thai chilis. Saute garlic and chili in the reserved oil.
Add the chicken feet, soy sauce or alternative of choice, water, and vinegar to garlic chili. Bring to a boil on medium-high heat.
Season with the remaining ingredients (bay leaves, peppercorns, and salt). Stir to mix well. Simmer for approximately 45 minutes until chicken feet are tender and the skin falls from the bone. Add a little bit of water if needed. The sauce will thicken as it concentrates but don’t let it boil away or scorch the bottom of the pot. Keep the heat at medium and check the chicken feet often to make sure there is enough liquid.
This adobo-flavored liquid will develop into a deeply nourishing and gelatinous sauce that will continue to thicken after cooling.
Remove from heat, plate, and serve hot.
I like to serve this with a side of cauliflower rice or regular rice if not on ketogenic diet.
Don’t forget to drizzle that spicy collagen-rich sauce over the cooked chicken feet!
How to Eat Chicken Feet
Chicken feet are considered a delicacy in Asian countries and, like most cuisines from that culture, are traditionally eaten using chopsticks or hands. It’s best to avoid forks and knives as they don’t allow you to manipulate the chicken feet as quickly as chopsticks or your hands.
Similarly to eating chicken wings, you start by biting at the joint and sucking the meat, skin, and sauce off the bone in your mouth. Spit out the bone discretely into a bowl, move on to the next joint, and so forth.
The meatiest part of the chicken foot is the pad. Gnaw around the bone of the foot to get to the savory meat. Don’t forget to first slather the chicken feet in the delicious adobo sauce.
Where to Buy Chicken Feet
Chicken feet are not a popular cut of meat like chicken breasts or chicken wings. But you can start with a quick internet search for the term “chicken feet near me” and see what local places sell this specialty.
I can confidently say that you can almost always find chicken feet in international markets like Asian or Mexican grocery stores. The Whole Foods meat counter may have some organic chicken feet because they typically take locally pastured chickens and process them on-site. Finally, you may also want to check your local farmer’s market meat vendors to see if they have any chicken feet for sale. That would probably give you the best quality chicken feet anyways.
If you like shopping online, I suggest buying directly from regenerative farmers like White Oak Pastures.
Chicken Feet Adobo Calories and Nutrition
This recipe yields approximately four 2-piece servings of Chicken Feet Adobo.
Adidas chicken feet portions may vary slightly due to the size and weight of the feet. For example, I bought a pound of chicken feet which included 9 feet.
Each serving contains:
- 302 calories
- 18 g protein
- 24 g fat
- 2 g total carbs
- 2 g net carbs
Please note that the nutritional value will change if you substitute ingredients. Use a nutrition app like My Fitness Pal to recalculate and reflect your changes.
Adobo Chicken Feet FAQ
Chicken feet taste similar to darker leg meat but milder. Even though they don’t have much edible meat on them, they still have an interesting flavor. They are especially tasty when deep fried and are addictive when slathered in a flavorful sauce like adobo.
You can have full control over how spicy your adobo chicken is. Traditionally, it’s made with garlic and chili peppers and is a blend of spicy and salty flavors.
Boiled chicken feet typically take about 45 minutes and up to an hour to boil until fully tender.
Cook chicken feet on the stove for about an hour or until they are tender and fully cooked through. As you cook the chicken feet, you may need to adjust your liquid and add more water as needed to make sure the feet are properly stewed.
More Nose-to-Tail Odd Bit Recipes
- Slow Cooker Beef Heart – braised in a Dutch oven
- Dirty Rice with Chicken Livers – with a grain-free option with cauliflower rice
- Flourless Beef Liver – multiple low-carb and gluten-free alternatives
- Easy Fish Stock Recipe – toss fish heads and bones in a pot!
- Chicken Liver Pate – nutrient-dense and super easy
Adobo Chicken Feet Recipe
- 1 cup cooking oil
- 1 pound chicken feet cleaned and nails trimmed
- 4 cloves garlic minced
- 2 whole Thai chili dried or fresh
- ½ cup Keto Soy Sauce coconut aminos, tamari, or soy sauce
- 1½ cups water
- ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
- 2 whole bay leaves dried
- ½ tsp whole peppercorn
- ½ tsp salt
- Heat oil in a pot over medium-high heat. Fry the chicken feet until golden brown. You may need to do this in batches and flip them over halfway through cooking time with tongs. Each side takes about 2 minutes. Once done, remove from oil and set aside.1 cup cooking oil, 1 pound chicken feet
- Transfer 2 tablespoons of the used oil to a second pot. Saute garlic and chili.4 cloves garlic, 2 whole Thai chili
- Add the chicken feet, soy sauce, water, and vinegar to garlic chili. Bring to a boil.½ cup Keto Soy Sauce, 1½ cups water, ¼ cup raw apple cider vinegar
- Season with the remaining ingredients. Stir to mix well. Simmer for approximately 45 minutes until chicken feet are tender and the skin falls from the bone. Add water if needed.2 whole bay leaves, ½ tsp whole peppercorn, ½ tsp salt
- Remove from heat, plate, and serve hot.
Nutrition & Macros
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4 thoughts on “Chicken Feet Adobo Recipe”
A tasty and crunchy munchy! So satisfying to snack on, and a great use of those extra parts 😉
Yes, indeed! A fun way to use parts we don’t usually consider useful. Thanks for giving it a try!
This adobo sauce is soooo good, and I love knowing that it’s steeped in all the good, nutritious stuff from the chicken feet.
Just wait until the leftover sauce chills in the fridge. It gets so gelly! Many thanks to all that gelatin and collagen.