Chicken Feet for the Soul

If you’ve ever stopped by our Whole Animal Butchery counter you may have noticed various animal heads, soap and candles made out of fat, and even jerky specifically for the canine in your life. If it’s not clear by now, we don’t like to let any part of the animal go to waste. In other words, the beauty of a by-product is in the eye of the beholder. Which brings us to chicken feet – the superfood you won’t likely see on the cover of any magazines.

If you have heard of any of the health benefits of bone broth, then you might easily understand why chicken feet are a secret weapon. Unlike other animal bones, chicken feet contain joints and are comprised of tendons and cartilage as well as bone. Chicken feet are chock full of collagen and trace minerals which are readily available to the body when cooked down in a stock. Take home a few and add them to your next pot of stock for an added golden color, rich texture, and of course substantial health benefit.

And if soups and stocks aren’t your thing, Provision’s butcher Demecia gave us a tip from her grandma – roast them in the oven and suck the collagen off yourself! (And for the truly curious, but totally uninspired chef – maybe just head to Chinatown for dim sum and order the Phoenix claws.)

Some of our favorite resources for chicken feet broth:
Nourished Kitchen
Real Food RN

Meg ChristmanChicken Feet for the Soul