Chin Chin

This is the recipe for chin-chin you’ve been looking for. Try it out and see what happens. Chin-chin is popular West African fried delicacy. It’s a deliciously crunchy deep-fried snack with a lot of flavors. 

With the texture of a cracker and the taste of a small dry cake, chin-chin was originally prepared for very special occasions and especially for birthdays.  I remember during the Christmas season, I use to help my mother make it a lot, that’s one thing my siblings and I always looked forward to making.

Time has changed and today, it is sold at every Nigerian street corner, grocery store and supermarket. And despite their sweetness, they are Africa’s quintessential appetizers.

These snacks are great for teatime, movie nights, game nights, or anytime snack.

What Is Chin Chin Made From?

It is made primarily from flour, sugar, milk, and butter. Optional ingredients include eggs, nutmeg, and baking powder according to individual preference. The dough is cut into various shapes and sizes and then typically deep-fried in vegetable oil.

It is also a big party favorite, usually served as an appetizer, it can be either hard or crunchy. In Ghana, it is called Achomo.

People have their preferences ranging from the really hard ones to the soft ones. My preference is just in-between and that’s the recipe I have shared below.

I have also given some tips below on how you can make the soft or the hard version so you could choose your preference.

Health Benefits Of Eating Chin Chin

It can serve as an energy booster. It is also a source of vitamins like A, B3, and D.

Is Chin Chin Good For Weight Loss?

The truth is that Chin Chin is fattening. This means if you eat them too much, you will gain a lot of weight.

How To Make Chin Chin

It can be easily prepared at home without much effort. All the ingredients you need are all pantry staples and everything comes together in about 30 minutes from start to finish.

The ingredients needed to prepare chin are flour, sugar, salt, butter or margarine, eggs, milk, and oil plus a specific flavor specific to each country or region. In Nigeria, the most popular flavor is often nutmeg.

The recipe has some variations and notes listed below;

  • If you want it to be super-soft with little to no crunch then add 1 extra tablespoon of butter and an extra tsp of baking powder
  • If you are a fan of the super hard chin chin leave out the Egg and the baking powder; at this point, your dough will be hard but if you find it too hard to work then add about 1/2 to 1 tablespoon of milk to make it workable.
  • If you are using powdered milk just dissolve 2 Tbs of powder milk in 8Tbsp of water then use the required amount in the recipe (6 to 7 Tbsp) and drink the rest!
  • If you plan to store it, be sure to let it cool down completely before storing it in an airtight container. This will make it remain crisp and last longer.
  • Don’t be in a haste to eat when you are done, let it cool down properly for you to enjoy the crunch.

Best Flavours For Chin Chin

Chin chin is such a fun recipe because there are LOTS of flavor variations. You can add some grounded pepper to spice things up or add cinnamon, vanilla, or cocoa powder for chocolate chin chin!

FAQ’s

Why is my Chin Chin not Crunchy?

If you don’t put the egg in your ingredients, it will turn out to be dry and strong/ hard. Without eggs, your Chin Chin will feel crackly (not crunchy) when you take a bite.

Why Does my Chin Chin Soak Oil?

Sometimes you find that your chin chin is soggy or has soaked up a lot of oil here are a few reasons why;

  • The Oil wasn’t hot enough.
  • The Oil wasn’t enough for the amount of chin chin dough being fried.
  • The Oil was Overcrowded. Overcrowding the oil lowers the oil temperature and we are back to no 1 point above.

How To Prevent Chin Chin From Soaking Lots Of Oil When Frying

  •  Before you fry, always test the heated oil by putting a piece of chin chin in the oil. When the oil bubbles and the piece of chin chin rise to the surface, the oil is ready to fry.
  • Always use enough oil to fry. Frying chin chin necessitates deep frying, which necessitates a sufficient amount of oil. 
  • To fry your dough, make sure you have adequate oil. By reducing the temperature of the oil and causing the dough to soak up oil, too much dough overcrowds the pan and prevents optimal frying.

How to Check if the Oil is Hot Enough for Frying

To check if the oil is hot enough, drop a small piece of dough inside the oil.

  • If the dough stays at the bottom for a long time, then the oil needs to be heated up a little more. 
  • If the dough rises too rapidly, then you may need to turn down the heat a little bit; otherwise, it will brown too quickly.
  •  If the dough gradually floats to the surface of the oil, then the oil is just right.

How to Make Chin Chin For Sale

Start by mixing all of the dry ingredients until they are well combined. Then, add cold butter chunks to the flour mix and rub the butter and flour together using your fingertips. The mixture should look like breadcrumbs.

Next, mix the wet ingredients (egg and milk) in a separate bowl. Pour the wet ingredients into the butter and flour mixture and mix it with your hand or a knife until the mixture forms a dough.

Once the dough has formed dust flour on a surface and knead the dough until well combined. Then, use a rolling pin to flatten the dough. It should be about 1/5 inches thick. Use a pizza cutter to cut the chin chin and cook in hot oil until golden brown.

Can Baking Soda be Used for Chin Chin?

Yes, it can but how much you use depends on whether you want a soft chin chin or a hard crunch chin chin.

Storage

Store in an air-tight jar or container at room temperature for 3-4 days. You can also use a zip lock bag.

Thanks for reading this recipe, comment below if you made this, and let me know how it went. Enjoy!

Chin Chin Recipe

Chin-Chin

9badee7919e1bc8f9cbce52037381355?s=30&r=gBeatrice Ige
Chin Chin is a very popular crunchy deep fried snacks in Nigeria. It is made primarily from flour,sugar, milk and butter.
Prep Time 30 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 50 mins
Course Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine Nigerian
Calories 520 kcal

Ingredients
  

  • flour
  • milk or water
  • butter or margarine
  • eggs
  • vegetable oil
  • baking powder
  • sugar
  • flavour essence vanilla
  • ground nutmeg
  • salt

Instructions
 

  • Pour the flour in a big bowl, add baking powder, sugar. Mix well and then add the butter/margarine. Mix thoroughly with your hands until it looks like fine bread crumbs.
  • If you will be using eggs, beat the eggs and set aside.
  • Add your whisked eggs and mix together.
  • Gently pour in the milk with the Essence and work into it bring it all together thereby forming pliable dough.
  • Put flour on your clean board and place the chunk of the dough and roll out.
  • Cut the dough into any shape you want and place the cut outs into a bowl, knead and repeat the process till the whole dough is used up.
  • Place the pan with vegetable oil on the cooker to heat up the oil.
  • Fry the chin chin dough in batches, make sure u don't crowd the pan.
  • Make sure the chin chin is done, once it turns golden brown, transfer into a sieve or paper towel and leave to cool at room temperature.
Keyword Achomo, Chin-Chin
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Beatrice Igehttps://africanfoodnetwork.com/
My name is Beatrice Ige, A food blogger/Writer/Chef, Also graduated with a diploma in Computer Engineering from Aptech Institute, I have been a passionate food lover since my childhood days, it's a pleasure taking you on a journey with my recipes and articles.

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