Chicken Suya

    Chicken Suya is gradually becoming a household name in the suya industry. In preparing it, all that is needed is to is brush the fillets with vegetable oil, and then cover them completely in the suya spice[yaji].

    Suya is a classic Nigerian street food recipe that is ideal for summertime, entertainment nights, random party weeknights, or even eaten as a main course.

    Smothered in a spicy, savory peanut butter sauce, it is exceptionally delicious. Cut the grammar, it simply has to be spiced in a blend called yaji to be called chicken suya.

    Suya is a skewered meat dish made with beef, ram, or chicken. Kidney, liver, and tripe are among the innards used. T

    Nigerian Suya spice is one of the people’s most popular blends for grilled meat. It is nutty, flavorful, and gives a unique and tasty flavor to any meat or vegetable.

    What is Suya?

    Suya or tsire is a spicy meat skewer which is a popular food item in West Africa. It is also eaten in Sudan, referred to as “Agashe”. Suya is generally made with skewered beef, ram, or chicken.

    The thinly sliced beef is marinated in a mixture of spices including peanut cake, salt, vegetable oil, and other seasonings before being grilled.

    Where Did Suya Originate From?

    SUYA (pronounced sooya) shish Kebab originated from nomadic people of northern Nigeria. It later became quite popular in the western region of Africa. In Nigeria, Suya is served as street food.

    Is Suya Healthy?

    Suya is good to eat with onions and cabbage because they react with the toxic substance produced by smoke to prevent cancer.

    Can a Pregnant Woman Eat Suya?

    Before you eat meat, make sure there is no trace of blood or pinkish color in it. As an expectant mom, Suya may not be very safe for you as it exposes it to you certain harmful infections.

    What are Suya Spices?

    Suya is the name of a peanut or kuli kuli based spice/marinade with its origin from the northern part of Nigeria, west Africa. The spice is also called suya pepper or yaji pepper.

    The major spice common to Nigerians is the Yaji spice. A hot blend of ground chilies, ginger, garlic, and onion powders is used to make yaji. It also generally includes fermented locust beans or bouillon cubes, as well as one more unique ingredient: ground peanuts.

    How to Make Chicken Suya

    Suya is prepared by skewering marinated meat (such as gizzard, cow hump, beef, or chicken) and grilling it on a coal-fired barbeque grill.

    You can guess that preparing your chicken suya will require you to marinate it first before slicing it into light pieces and putting it on a stick for baking in an open heart.

    For suya to be suya, it has to be prepared by a skilled person. These suya professionals are those who know how to skew the meat and prepare the spices before placing them on the grill. Experience and expertise are needed to bring out the unique taste of suya.

    In essence, it is required that you do not resort to a homemade preparation unless there is an expert on standby for it. Suya is also best enjoyed on the streets or with a group of friends, especially at night.

    Depending on the type and status of the meat, as well as additional components such as oil, roasting on the grill can take a long time. So that they turn out correctly, the chef must keep a tight eye on them.

    To get the street food vibes with this chicken suya, serve on an old newspaper and please, sliced onions and tomatoes is a must for a complete homage.

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    Chicken Suya


    • Chicken wings
    • Suya spice
    • Salt
    • Bouillon powder (beef, or chicken)
    • Vegetable oil or peanut oil
    • Sliced red onions
    • Sliced tomatoes
    • Tiny sliced cabbages
    • Chopped lettuce


    • Cut the chicken into drumettes and winglets and pat dry with a kitchen towel and transfer to a bowl.
    • To the chicken wings, add salt, chicken bouillon powder, suya spice and mix into the wings until it is well mixed. Cover the bowl with cling film and leave to marinade in a cool place for at least 30 minutes (the longer you marinade the chicken, the tastier it becomes, so feel free to marinade for up to 24 hours in the fridge).
    • Whilst the wings is marinating, to a small bowl, add suya spice and vegetable oil and mix to combine. Preheat the grill or oven at 180C and prepare the baking tray.
    • Line it with an aluminum foil and place a baking rack on it.
    • Arrange the chicken wings on the baking rack. Give them enough room so they cook evenly and gets enough air circulation in the oven.
    • Brush the chicken with the marinade made earlier and grill/broil or bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven and flip then rub more of the marinade, return into the oven and continue cooking for another 15 minutes.
    • For a final time, bring it out of the oven, flip and rub the remaining marinade and grill for another 15 minutes. Bring the chicken wings out of the oven and transfer to a bowl, sprinkle more suya spice.
    • Serve with sliced onions, tomatoes and any other salad of choice.  Enjoy!
    • (Suya spice mix is heavily based on peanuts or kuli kuli which is high in saturated fat. If you are on a healthy diet wagon, use this spice marinade responsibly.)
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