Trinidad Chicken Foot Souse

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Trinidad Chicken Foot Souse is another comfort food that came to the island with the European colonial migrants. This pickled dish was a tasty way to preserve meats before refrigeration and utilize all parts of the animal. These less muscular parts of animals such as the feet, ears, and snout are known as Offal. Initially, these animal parts were affordable meat sources, but now they have become a delicacy and an adventurous culinary experience when traveling to different countries. Another interesting fact is that some of these parts of the animal are rich in nutrients like collagen, which has been marketed as a natural anti-aging supplement. Regardless of this, we in the Caribbean know that Souse is a finger-licking dish few can resist with its savory textural experience unlike anything else.

Author: Rachel Ottier-Hart
Average: 4.6 (14 votes)
Prep Time
5 mins
Cook Time
20 mins
Total Time
25 mins



Thoroughly wash the chicken feet and remove the toenails.
A bowl of chicken feet being washed in a glass bowl
Place a pot of water on high heat with 1 tablespoon of salt and bring to a boil.
A pot of water being heated on a stovetop
Once the water is boiling, place the chicken feet in the pot cover and cook until tender should be 20-40 minutes.
Chicken feet being boiled in a pot of water
When the chicken is fork-tender, remove it from the heat and rinse with cool water 3-4 times.
Chicken feet being checked for doneness with a fork
After the chicken is washed and cool to the touch, place it into a dish or bowl with a cover for marinating.
Chicken feet cooling down in a bowl with marinade ingredients next to it on a countertop
Add the lime juice, sliced onion, garlic, green onion, chadon beni, grated cucumber, seasoning peppers to the dish, and toss to coat the chicken feet.
Chicken feet being tossed with marinade
Once the ingredients are thoroughly mixed, add enough water to submerge the chicken.
Water added to marinaded chicken feet
Season with salt and black pepper to taste and marinate for a minimum of 4 hours or overnight for more depth of flavor.
Chicken foot souse in a covered pot
Serve in bowls with fresh bread or crackers.
Sideview of a bowl of chicken foot souse

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Trinidad Chicken Foot Souse, Caribbean Chicken Foot Souse, Pickled Chicken Feet

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