Chicken Foot Souse

3.7.17 | Recipe by Renz
A popular street food in Trinidad and Tobago that would make your taste buds tingle with delight with the highly seasoned water.

Recipe for Chicken Foot Souse

When I first had the random urge to eat some souse a few weeks back, I was a bit apprehensive about turning it into a post. 

It's one of those dishes that people can easily love it or just the same give you this weird face for eating it. You know, those dishes you really love but someone, somewhere else thinks you're mad for eating it.

Souse is a popular street food in Trinidad and Tobago. Most commonly made with pig foot (something I don't it) there is also another popular alternative of using chicken feet. Yup!! Chicken feet.

This dish is something like a pickled dish. It's a combination of ingredients, and flavors that give it a huge unique taste that regardless of what it looks like (a bunch of chicken feet coming towards you in a styrofoam cup) 

You dive into it with vigor and drink that water down till the cup is empty.

How to make chicken foot souse

For me, the best part of any souse is the water. 

Its ram packed with chive, pepper, onions, cucumbers chado beni (culantro) and some pepper. Just mixing it up, and getting a whiff of the flavors excites you. So imagine leaving it to sit for a bit and the flavors blending? Oh em gee.

You definitely need to have some bread to dip into that water when you sit behind a bowl of it.

Recipe for making Trinidad Chicken Foot Souse

Like most of our street foods, Corn soup, doubles, boiled corn, people usually like to eat them after a good fete

The salt, and pepper, levels help to level out all the alcohol that may have been consumed at the party. Or it can also act as a "pick me up" to go to the next event.

The first time I ever saw chicken foot souse, I was a little kid at a carnival event. Someone was walking towards us with a bunch of feet sticking out of a cup, I was intrigued. 

My Dad made souse religiously at home, but he used pigs feet. (him nor my mom like chicken feet or scratchers).

Easy Chicken Foot Souse Recipe

The process is the same for any meat you use. 

Boil your meat then season your water and leave everything to sit and blend the flavors. We always use a glass dish (or at least not plastic) to leave the souse to sit over time. 

Plastic is avoided because sometimes the material alters the taste of the water.

So here I present to you, my first "taboo" recipe. A dish I don't eat often, but when I do, I enjoy it so much.

Delicious Chicken Foot Souse Recipe

Ready to try some chicken foot souse?

Here are some other popular Trini street foods:

Chicken Foot Souse
Appetizer, Snack
Yield: 4
Author: Renz @ HomeMadeZagat
Chicken Foot Souse

Chicken Foot Souse

Boiled chicken foot in a flavor filled seasoned water with salt, pepper, chives, onions, sliced cucumbers and chadon beni. This dish will make your taste buds tingle with delight as you eat the chicken foot and savor the taste of the seasoned
Prep time: 15 MCook time: 30 MTotal time: 45 M


  • 1 lb chicken foot
  • 1 large onion, thinly sliced
  • 1 large cucumber, thinly sliced
  • 3/4 cup chopped chadon beni (cilantro)
  • 1/4 cup chopped chives
  • 1/2 medium red bell pepper, chopped
  • 1/2 cup lime juice
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1/2 scotch bonnet, thinly sliced (seeds can be omitted for less heat. Or include seeds and use a whole pepper for more heat)
  • Salt


  1. Wash chicken’s feet removing all nails, and debris that may be on feet. Scrape knife against feet to remove any discoloring. Make a few slits in the fat parts of feet.
  2. In a deep dish, boil feet in lightly salted water until feet are tender. Approximately 30 minutes.
  3. Drain feet from water and set aside to cool.
  4. In a large glass bowl add onions, chadon beni, pepper, water, lime juice, chives and chicken feet.
  5. Mix well, ensuring that all ingredients are evenly distributed in bowl
  6. Cover and let stand for at least 30 minutes, stirring occasionally to ensure all pieces are in water
  7. Add bell pepper when ready to serve
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