Chicken Feet Adobo or adobong paa ng manok is made with chicken feet cooked using traditional Filipino Adobo ingredients. In the Philippines and most Asian countries, chicken feet are so popular that you can see this exotic ingredient on most restaurant menus. Try this recipe for your next meal and I hope you will love it as we do.
Chicken feet adobo is a traditional Filipino dish that has a lot of cultural significance for those who grew up eating it or have a connection to Filipino culture. This connection to cultural identity can sometimes make a dish more enjoyable.
Why you will love this dish
- Chicken feet adobo is typically cooked in a savory and tangy sauce made with soy sauce, vinegar, and spices like garlic and peppercorns. This can create a unique and delicious taste that some people might find appealing.
- Chicken feet contain a lot of collagen, which can give them a gelatinous and slightly chewy texture when cooked. Some people enjoy this texture and find it adds an interesting element to the dish.
- Adobo is one of those meals that can last days without spoiling. The meat tastes delectable after days of marinating in the sauce and blended spices.
- Enjoy this dish as an appetizer and side dish or as a main dish with cooked rice.
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- Chicken feet - A popular ingredient in Asian Cuisine. This part of a chicken is gaining popularity around the world nowadays because of its collagen content. It is also used to make bone broth.
- Soy sauce - To enhance the flavor and color of the dish. It adds saltiness and helps preserve adobong paa ng manok a little longer.
- Ginger, garlic, and onion - These are staple aromatics in Filipino and Asian Cuisine.
- Oyster sauce and sugar - Adds sweetness to balance the salt.
- Red chili - Im making this adobo chicken feet spicy with red chili. This is optional though.
- Bay leaves and peppercorn - For flavors and aromatics.
First, we need to learn how to prepare chicken feet. Here in the U.S., chicken feet are usually ready to cook, so there’s not much effort needed. However, make sure to follow the preparation below to improve the dining experience!
- Using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, trim the nails and discard them.
- Sprinkle some salt. Massage them with salt for a few seconds, then rinse well with running water.
Step 1. Boil the chicken feet with enough water and a pinch of salt for about 5 minutes to remove any excess protein and impurities. Discard the water.
Step 2. In the same pot, bring enough water to boil. We will boil these paws for a second time. Add the chicken feet, peppercorn, bay leaves, and a quarter teaspoon of salt. Simmer in medium heat until the chicken feet are almost tender but don't fall apart, or about 10-15 minutes. Take them out and reserve the liquid.
Step 3. In a skillet with cooking oil over medium heat, saute ginger, then add garlic and onion. Add chicken feet, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and brown sugar. Stir and cook for 5-10 minutes. Then add about a half cup of reserve water; add more if you want a saucy dish. Cook it until they are tender to your liking.
Step 4. Lastly, add vinegar and red chili. Leave it undisturbed for 1 minute, then stir and taste test. Adjust the seasoning with salt and pepper according to your taste.
Storing and Reheating Tips
- Allow leftovers to cool completely and transfer them into a glass container with a tight-fitting lid. Refrigerate for 3-5 days; the sauce will turn to a gelatin content from the bones, which is called collagen.
- Reheat in a saucepan over low-medium heat or in the microwave at 2 to 3-minute intervals until completely warmed through.
- The chicken feet can be prepared ahead of time and will keep well in the freezer for up to 6 months. Store in an airtight container.
Frequently Asked Questions
Generally, Chicken Adobo can be a part of a balanced healthy diet. Chicken feet are rich in collagen and protein, which is beneficial for our health.
Yes! The reason for boiling the chicken before start cooking is it is to tenderize them. Let them boil until almost tender but the bones are still together and don't fall apart.
Soy sauce enhances the flavor of any adobo dish. The salt in soy sauce also helps to preserve the dish for a longer period of time along with vinegar. The darker varieties are most preferred for adobo, though more contemporary recipes might use lighter soy sauces.
Chicken feet are rich in protein and collagen, which can provide some health benefits like supporting skin, hair, and joint health. Some people might enjoy eating chicken feet adobo because of these nutritional benefits.
Chicken Feet Adobo Recipe
- 1½ pound chicken feet
- 2 large dried bay leaves
- 1 teaspoon peppercorn
- ½ teaspoon fine salt
- 2 tablespoons cooking oil
- 2 inches ginger sliced thinly
- 6 cloves garlic minced
- 1 medium yellow onion chopped
- ¼ cup soy sauce
- 1 teaspoon oyster sauce
- 1 tablespoon brown sugar
- 3 tablespoons vinegar
- 2 large red chili chopped (optional)
- Using a sharp knife or kitchen scissors, trim the nails and discard them. Massage with some salt and rinse the chicken feet thoroughly.
- Boil the chicken feet for about 3-5 minutes on high heat and then drain the water to remove any excess protein and impurities. Discard the water.
- In the same pot, bring enough water to cover all the chicken feet and let it boil. Add the chicken feet, 3 smashed garlic, 1-inch sliced ginger, a handful of onion, peppercorn, bay leaves, and a quarter teaspoon of salt.
- Simmer in low heat until the chicken feet are almost tender, or about 10-15 minutes. Take them out and reserve the liquid.
- In a skillet with cooking oil over medium heat, saute the rest of the ginger, then add the remaining garlic and onion. Add chicken feet, soy sauce, oyster sauce, and brown sugar. Stir and cook for 5-10 minutes.
- Then add about a half cup of reserve water; add more if you want a saucy dish. Cook them on medium heat until they are tender to your liking.
- Lastly, add vinegar and red chili, leave it undisturbed for 1 minute, stir, and taste test. Adjust the seasoning according to your taste. Serve with rice and enjoy!
- Boiling the chicken for a few minutes will help to get rid of impurities. Then the second time, boiling them will help to tenderize and infuse the aromatics and spices.
- Soy sauce, vinegar, and peppercorns are a must-have to make chicken feet adobo delicious. Do not skip them in this recipe.