Jamaican Chicken Foot Soup
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I don't know how many people actually use chicken feet in their cuisine, but many of my people do. The only way I will eat it is if it is in a soup. There are other methods of cooking chicken feet, but I must admit I don't like them much at all. Some people curry the feet, stew them, or add them to stewed peas—but not me.
In my household, we only make this dish once in a while, maybe every four to six months or so. The only reason why we use it is because it adds a nice richness to the soup, and it does taste like chicken.
The only difference with making the chicken foot soup (as it's called in Jamaica) and making the beloved dish is that you cook the foot first by boiling it for a while. You use the same water it was cooked in to make the soup.
You have two choice for making the soup:
- Partially cook the chicken feet, then add veggies, and let finish cooking.
- Cook the feet until very soft, and it falls apart then remove bones. Use stock to cook soup.
- 1 1/2 lbs chicken feet, cleaned and trimmed
- 1 lb pumpkin, cut into chunks
- 2 medium, chopped
- 2 large white potatoes, cut into chinks
- 1 medium chayote, cut into chunks
- 1 lb yellow yam, cut into chunks
- 1 green scotch bonnet pepper
- 2 stalks scallion
- 1 bunch fresh thyme
- 1 packet of soup flavoring/soup mix
- 4 garlic cloves
- 1/2 teaspoon pimento seed
- Salt and pepper to taste
- 2 cups whole wheat flour, for dumplings
- 1 cup plain flour, for dumplings
You can reduce cooking time by using a pressure cooker for your chicken feet, but before you start, you have to decide on your approach. If you are using the pressure cooker, it will cut your cooking time in half, but you would need to prepare your vegetables before.
You don't need to peel the pumpkin or the potatoes. Leaving the skin on will add more nutrients to the dish. So just use a soft bristle brush (I sometimes use a Scotch-Brite pad) to scrub the potato. You can rinse the pumpkin skin thoroughly before cutting.
Chop and cut your veggies and set aside. Let's start cooking!
- In your favorite stock/soup pot place 8 cups of water with your pimento seeds and smashed garlic cloves. If you are opting for the pressure cooker, use 4 cups water and pressure for 10 minutes.
- Bring water to a boil then add chicken feet that have been cleaned and prepped OR after pressuring the add 4 more cups water and bring to a boil.
- When chicken feet are tender add pumpkin and cook for 15 minutes or until the soup starts to get the color of the pumpkin.
- Add your other vegetables and dumplings and cook on medium, covered for 20 minutes.
- Add soup mix, scallion and green scotch bonnet pepper (this will not be spicy). Salt and pepper to taste.
- Cover and let simmer on medium low until soup starts to thicken and all vegetables are cooked.
Combine both flours and add a pinch of salt. Add water a little at a time and use the fingers to form the dough. When the dough is formed use heel of palm to kneed for two minutes. Dough should not be too sticky or dry.
To make dumplings, pinch off a golf ball size amount and make a ball with hands, slightly flatten the ball with the fingers and add them to your soup!
© 2012 Carolee Samuda