Almost every country has its own version of this particular street food, which is grilled meat on a stick with spices. Suya is a popular street food consisting of beef or chicken smothered in a spicy peanut-based sauce and cooked over a grill. You will find some version of this all over the continent and diaspora but the foundations will be very similar.
How to make Nigerian Chicken Suya
Considering it’s winter, and I won’t be firing up the grill any time soon. We are making this in an oven, and it turns out just great! First, you need to blend the spices. you need some dry roasted peanuts along with some household staples like paprika, onion powder, garlic powder, cayenne pepper, and salt.
Once blended, reserve some spice as a topping. Then you want to mix the remainder with some vegetable oil which will then turn into a paste-like consistency and spread all over the chicken thigh.
Place the Nigerian chicken suya on an oven rack with some parchment paper and grill. Once ready, top with the reserved seasoning and serve immediately with some cucumbers to mitigate all that spice! Be warned–it is HOT!
Nigerian Chicken Suya
- 30 January 2021
- 45 min
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- 1 1/2 lb of boneless skinless chicken thighs, cut thinly
- 1 cups dry-roasted peanuts
- 4 Tbs paprika
- 3 Tbs ground ginger
- 3Tbs garlic powder
- 2Tbs onion powder
- 1 Tbs chicken bullion powder
- 2 tsp cayenne pepper
- 1 1/2 tsp salt
- 1 tsp black pepper
- 1/2 cup vegetable oil
- Bamboo Skewers
- Step 1
- Mix seasoning mixture with dry roasted peanuts in a blender or food processor
- Step 2
- reserve some of the mixture to serve as a topping
- Step 3
- In medium to large bowl for mixing, place the spice mixture, vegetable oil and chicken together and mix and massage well into the chicken
- Step 4
- Thread the cubes of meat onto the skewers
- Step 5
- Place skewers on parchment paper or foil, then on top of the oven rack.
- Step 6
- roast for 10 minutes per side, or for when the meat done to your liking.
- Step 7
- sprinkle reserved spice mixture on top and serve.