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Chicken suya recipe - How to make chicken suya at home

I love love love chicken suya. What's not to love about it! Chicken, groundnut spice,fresh tomatoes and onion is the perfect combination. Add chilled drinks to the mix and you're ready to "parrrraaaayyy" this weekend :D. Yesterday, i made chicken suya for the fam and the compliments haven't stopped pouring in. Apart from filling the whole place with positive vibes, it also gave the home a wonderful aroma. I doubt if there's anyone who gets tired of suya, definitely not me.
Chicken suya can best be described as the quintessential Nigerian street delicacy and is mostly prepared by the originators; The Hausas, which is one of the largest ethnic groups in west Africa. It's therefore not unusual to find it being sold around every corner. Here's a quick and easy tutorial on how to make this fantabulous delicacy right in your homes.
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How to make Chicken Suya
• Prep Time:  
40 minutes
• Cook Time: 20 minutes
• Total Time: 1 hour
• Misc :          Serve hot

You'll Need:::

• Bamboo skewers
• Aluminum foil

• 1 kilogram Skinless chicken (de-boned)
• 2 tbsp. Suya spice
• 3 tbsp. Vegetable oil
• Salt to taste 

For Garnish:::
• Onion
• Fresh tomatoes
• Cucumber

Step 1: In a small bowl, mix the suya spice, vegetable oil and salt to taste together - Set aside. 

Step 2: Soak the bamboo skewers in water for about 20 minutes. This helps prevent it from burning in the oven once you start grilling. 

Step 3: Chop the chicken into small bite sizes with a knife and thread about 4-5 pieces on each bamboo skewer. Make sure you cover the skewer with chicken slices. 

Step 4: Place the threaded skewers on an aluminum foil and lightly brush over the spice mixture on both sides. Cover the threaded skewers with foil paper and leave to marinate for about 20 mins. While it marinates, pre-heat the grill to 450°F 

Step 5: Place the skewers on the grilling rack and grill for about 10 minutes on each side until the chicken is fully cooked. 

Step 6: Sprinkle with extra suya spice and garnish with chopped onion, tomato and cucumber. Serve hot. 

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  1. Am so gonna try this. Thanks Dobby.

    1. you're welcome kemi. Do keep us posted.

  2. First timer here dobby. This looks really nice.

    1. Thank you peter :). Glad to have you here.

  3. If I don't make this ehn....???
    Thank you so much for this dear...I love suya to pieces! Now I can make it from the comfort of my home.

    1. you sure can. It's even easier to make than it looks.

  4. Chicken Suya for this weekend. Been thinking of what to give my guests this weekend. Can i also prepare Gizzard Suya using same method?

  5. Dobby this looks good. Will give it a try. Is this an electric or charcoal grill? Where did you get it and what is the price range?

    1. It's a gas + electric grill oven. the price rage varies. You could get good ovens like this between 45k to over 100k.

  6. Hi Dobby, thank u 4 d wonderful recipes. Please can you help me with the recipe for Tom Brown?

    1. Tom brown is roasted-maize porridge. it is one of the traditional weaning foods in Ghana. To make, To make enough for 2 people, simply bring 1/2 cup of water to a boil in a pan. While it is heating, add 1/2 cup of the flour to 1/2 cup of water in a separate bowl, and a little salt to taste and mix thoroughly with a whisk. When the water in the pan comes to a boil, reduce the heat and slowly stir in the flour/water mixture. It will cook in just a couple of minutes. It can be eaten with honey, evaporated milk and chopped peanuts on top. If you like a thinner porridge, just add more water.

  7. Hi dobby,

    can you make this with just chili pepper instead of suya spice
    i stay in Canada and you cant get suya spice over here


    1. Sure you can but it won't taste the same.

  8. Will try this this weekend. Thanks

  9. Will try this. Thanks


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