Kasi Style Braaied Chicken Feet

I’ve always heard that one can braai walkie talkies.  Then got a chance to witness that in Tembisa while I was visiting a friend.   Unfortunately I did not have a camera with me at that time.

Yesterday I was driving in Joe Slovo township in Milnerton and saw this lady on the street braaing them.  I stopped and bought one so I could taste.  I never imagined braaing walkie talkies since there’s no meat on them.

I was completely surprised at how tasty they were.  With one costing 50c each, I ended up buying them for R5.  Then I had a chat with the lady that sells them, she goes by the name “Sista”.  Besides being a full time mom and wife, braaing and selling walkie talkies is her full time job.  Don’t ask me how she makes a living from selling walkie talkies at 50c each.  According to her they sell like hot cakes.

I asked her how she prepares them it’s quite a simple process.  She spices them up (with just one spice…I assume it’s chicken spice), rub in a little bit of oil which helps prevent the walkie talkies from sticking to the braai rack and gives them a shine.  That’s it!  Her clients are from all the different age groups,  i.e. young kids to adults.  The former buy them the most especially during the school holidays.  Apparently whenever they get hold of a 50c they go straight to buy them.

Have you ever tried braaied walkie talkies? Do you like them?

Sista selling braaied walkie talkies



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Thuli Gogela is a Food Technologist with 8 years of experience developing products in food manufacturing. She is dedicated to discovering wholesome traditional dishes and recipes with a distinctive taste from different parts of the African continent. Thuli is well known for her food blog, Mzansi Style Cuisine which was established in 2010. She saw a gap in the traditional food market that people were hungry for. From there, it didn’t take long to build her brand. In 2013, she started writing a recipe column for the Cape Times for and has collaborated with some of the biggest brands in South Africa namely, Knorr, Nedeburg Wines, First Choice and Spekko rice. Not only does Thuli feature traditional African dishes, she’s also open to developing recipes, food consultations and brand collaborations.

Comments ( 5 )

  • I have never cooked or ate these? Are they crispy?

    • You need to try them girlfriend! Get raw ones from your butchery and try the curried chicken feet recipe here on the blog. You’ll love them! They are not crispy 🙂

  • Anonymous

    They are so tastey! My mother also has a bussiness of braaying chicken feets. You should have a bit of crisp taste in your spare time too!

  • Tebogo

    Hi Thuli

    Mu husband has started recently with the chicken feet delicacy. I tell you they are so tasty and acts well as a day-time snack. You have no idea how within a few weeks they have become so popular especially with young kids.

    Before braaing he gives them an onion flavour and adds spices. I tell you they are out of this world. He also sells gizzard kebabs which are just as delicious.

    • Happy to hear that Tebogo. All the best with the business. Chicken Feet are the winner when it comes to school kids 🙂

      Xx Thuli

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