RECIPE: Chef Cebo’s saucy amawotwana

Chef Nomcebo Ndela shares her recipe for lip-smacking chicken feet

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It doesn’t matter whether you call it walkie talkies, amawotwana or maotwana a koko. Chicken feet is a traditional township delicacy. Many local and international celebrities, including Grammy award-winning rapper Cardi B, loves it.

Braaied, braised or even stewed chicken feet are known to be rich in nutrients and are beneficial to collagen production in the skin. KwaZulu-Natal chef Nomcebo Ndlela, the owner of I cook with Cebo, shares her recipe with Food For Mzansi for the sauciest, lip-smacking chicken feet to ever touch your lips.

Amawotwana are my favourite because they easy to make and best enjoyed using hands so very easy to nibble one,” Ndlela says.

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  • 500g chicken feet, peeled and cleaned
  • 30ml ground turmeric
  • 500ml water
  • 1/2 onion, finely chopped
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 chicken stock cube
  • 30ml paprika
  • 60ml olive oil


  • In a large pot, gradually heat water over medium-high heat.
  • In heated water, place the chicken feet, the finely chopped onion, dissolved stock cube and paprika.
  • Stir ingredients and let it cook for about 10 to 15 minutes.
  • Once excess water and dried ingredients are dissolved, add oil and tomato paste and let it simmer for another 15 minutes.
  • Serve with pap or as is and enjoy.


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