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.
- 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.