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(VIDEO) Eating Pre-Packaged Chicken Feet in China


Americans snack on beef jerky. Chinese people snack on chicken feet. After months of living in China and seeing—but never touching—pre-packaged chicken feet on the shelves of every supermarket here, the time has come to sample this oddly popular Chinese snack. Weak stomaches beware. 

The Chinese call it jī zhuǎ (鸡爪), and while this snack might be strange for foreigners, it’s considered a totally normal treat in China.

You can find pre-cooked chicken feet sold in most grocery stores and supermarkets in China, often seasoned with rice vinegar, chili and other spices. Due to its immense popularity here, the average price per kilogram of chicken feet is actually more than the average price per kilogram of chicken breast.

chicken feet

Pre-cooked and preserved chicken feet are ready to eat right out of the package.

Honestly, it was a little intimidating coming face-to-face with the talon of a once-living chicken. A small part of me actually felt guilty eating it. But for the sake of adventure and experiencing traditional foreign snack-food, it had to be done.

After struggling to enjoy two flavors of chicken feet, my friend and I ate pre-packaged butterfly larvae for dessert. Also a very common snack in China, butterfly larvae is a more bearable in my opinion. Its nutty flavor tastes very similar to sunflower seeds.

If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen the photo I posted of an old Chinese man sitting across from me on a train, chewing on a chicken foot and drinking rice liquor at 8 o’clock in the morning.

chicken feet in china

Old man sitting across from me on the train eating a pre-packaged chicken foot and drinking rice liquor at 8 o’clock in the morning. And his fly is down.

It’s always exciting and eye-opening to eat strange yet common foreign foods. While native Chinese may consider the foot of a chicken appetizing, I won’t be eating it again. Once is enough for this monkey.

Author: Kevin Cook

I want to inspire you to pursue your own dream of traveling and/or living overseas!


  1. I’ve dealt with chicken feet for a long time. I had Jamaican flat mate for 2 summers that kept the freezer stocked full of them and then I encountered them in SE Asia. China as well?

    What is there to eat on them? You mention jerky, but that is all meat. The only thing on chicken feet I can think of it ripping off the fried skin and eating that.

  2. I love your adventurous spirit AND that you try things so I won’t have to.

  3. Chinese beef jerky way better than american XD , the only problem is it might made of pork or somethings else Orz…

  4. Pingback: Eating Pre-Packaged Chicken Feet in China 预包装的鸡爪 | TheTopTensList

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