Suya Spiced Chicken

Updated: Jun 9, 2021

Inspired by The Africa Cookbook- Tastes of a Continent

Suya is a classic seasoning from Nigeria primarily used to spice red meat. However, I adapted this spice blend to coat fish and chicken. To prepare the chicken, I cut it into 1-inch strips, added suya and left the chicken to marinate. Enjoy it with rice and tomato stew for a real treat!


  • 1 lb. chicken breast, skinless, cut into 1-inch strips

for the seasoning:

  • 1 tablespoon powdered garlic

  • 1 tablespoon ground ginger powder

  • 1 tablespoon sweet paprika

  • 1 tablespoon dried minced onions

  • 2 tablespoons ground peanuts

For the tomato stew:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • 1 green pepper, diced

  • 3 fresh tomatoes, quartered

Cooked rice

Yields: serving for 4

Prep Time: 1 hour 10 minutes

Cook Time: 30 minutes


  1. In a bowl, mix the garlic powder, ginger, paprika, onions and peanuts.

  2. Sprinkle the seasoning on top of the chicken slices and allow to marinate for at least 1 hour.

  3. Thread the chicken on bamboo skewers (make sure to soak the skewers in water for 1 hour or longer before using).

  4. Cook on a grill or in a griddle pan for 6 minutes on each side, then place in a 350°F oven to finish for 10 minutes.

  5. To make the stew: in a saucepan, heat the olive oil.

  6. Add the onion and cook until translucent. Add the pepper.

  7. Cook for 3 minutes on medium heat. Add the tomatoes.

  8. Cover and simmer on low heat for 15 minutes.

  9. Serve over rice.

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