Chicken Foot soup is one of those take it or leave it dishes but, I can assure you that if you that if you eat some good authentic Chicken Foot Soup you will be hooked. The ingredients in chicken foot soup as with most other Caribbean soups can be as varied as ones imagination so go ahead and add your favourite vegetables to this exotic dish.
Some of the ingredients traditionally used to make a pot of authentic Jamaican soup are not easily found overseas but, fresh hearty vegetables, chicken feet, pumpkin (calbaza squash), fresh herbs and spices and a pack of pumpkin noodle soup is all you need for a little taste of Jamaica, wherever in the world you are.
2 lbs. chicken feet
2 tablespoons vinegar or lime juice
2 gallons water
1 teaspoon salt
1 teaspoon black pepper
5 cloves garlic (about 1 ½ tablespoons chopped)
2 lg. potatoes
2 med. carrots
2 med turnips
1 large cho-cho (chayote)
1 sprig thyme
1 stalk scallion or 1 medium onion, chopped small
1 pk. Pumpkin noodle soup
Wash chicken feet in 2 tablespoons vinegar or lime juice and 1 gallon water. Place in large pot add salt, pepper, 1 quart of water and garlic. Cover and let cook over medium heat for 30 minutes.
Chicken feet can be cooked whole but I suggest chopping each one into 2 pieces to make it easier to cook and eat. If you don’t own a chopper or you just don’t want to chop them; ask the butcher to chop them up for you.
Even in a large grocery store, they will willingly chop them into smaller pieces if you request it.
While the chicken feet cooks peel vegetables and cut into small pieces. Remove lid. Add veggies and stir well. Pour in ½ gallon water cover and let cook for 15 minutes. While the vegtables cook prepare the dumpling. After 15 minutes add dumplings to pot and stir well.
When the soup begins to boil add remaining quart of water, thyme, schallion and noodle packet. Stir well, cover the pot and let it cook for 10 minutes. Remove the cover, stir well, replace cover and simmer for an additional 5 to 7 minutes.