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a plate of crispy chicken feet garnished with green onions

Crispy Fried Chicken Feet

These crispy Fried Chicken Feet are coated in a light batter, fried to a perfect golden brown and sprinkled lightly with salt - it's a wonderful dim sum appetizer served drizzled with chili oil!
Course Appetizer
Cuisine Chinese
Cook Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Total Time 2 hours 10 minutes
Servings 4 servings
Calories 440kcal


  • Dutch oven or high sided skillet



  • Scrub the chicken feet under cool water and remove any nails with a sharp knife.
  • **If chicken feet still have the yellow skin on them, soak them in a vinegar and water mixture for 10-15 minutes, then remove the skin. You can also dip in boiling water.
  • Combine the cleaned chicken feet and remaining ingredients (except the flour and eggs) in a pot and cover them with water.
  • Heat to boiling, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 2 hours.
  • Drain the chicken feet (reserve the broth for other uses).
  • Heat the oil to 350F degrees in a Dutch oven or a deep sided cast iron skillet. Oil should be about 3 inches deep.
  • Dip the chicken feet in the egg, then coat in flour and fry for about 3-5 minutes, until golden brown on the outside. **Fry the feet in batches
  • Remove and drain on paper towels. Sprinkle with salt immediately.
  • Serve drizzled with chili oil, dipped in sriracha or just by themselves.


  1. Scrub the feet thoroughly before cooking to make sure they are clean.
  2. Fry the feet in 3 batches (or more) to make sure the temperature of the oil remains hot enough to crisp the feet without them getting soggy.
  3. Sprinkle with salt right away to make sure it sticks to the hot batter.
  4. To reheat: Use the reheat option on the air fryer. If you don't have an air fryer, reheat them in the oven at 350F degrees, or the toaster oven. 


Serving: 3feet | Calories: 440kcal | Carbohydrates: 28g | Protein: 29g | Fat: 22g | Saturated Fat: 8g | Trans Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 177mg | Sodium: 2031mg | Potassium: 137mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 233IU | Vitamin C: 1mg | Calcium: 125mg | Iron: 3mg