Nigerian Suya Grilled Chicken


Savor the irresistible flavors of Nigerian Suya Grilled Chicken, a popular West African street food. This dish features chicken marinated in a rich blend of spices and ground peanuts, grilled to perfection, creating a smoky, spicy, and slightly sweet flavor profile that's absolutely tantalizing.

Nigerian Suya Grilled Chicken

Preparation and Cooking Times

  • Preparation Time: 30 minutes (including marination)
  • Cooking Time: 20 minutes
  • Total Time: 50 minutes

Servings and Serving Size

  • Servings: 4
  • Serving Size: 2 skewers per person

Nutritional Profile (per serving)

  • Calories: 350 kcal
  • Protein: 25 g
  • Carbohydrates: 10 g
  • Fat: 23 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4 g
  • Cholesterol: 75 mg
  • Sodium: 600 mg
  • Fiber: 2 g


  • Chicken thighs, boneless and skinless: 800 g (1.8 lbs), cut into chunks
  • Ground peanuts: 100 g (3.5 oz)
  • Paprika: 2 tsp
  • Ground ginger: 1 tsp
  • Garlic powder: 1 tsp
  • Onion powder: 1 tsp
  • Cayenne pepper: 1 tsp (adjust to taste)
  • Chicken bouillon powder: 1 tsp
  • Salt: ½ tsp
  • Vegetable oil: 3 tbsp (45 ml or 1.5 oz)
  • Bamboo skewers, soaked in water

Method of Preparation

  1. Make the Suya Spice Mix: Combine ground peanuts, paprika, ginger, garlic powder, onion powder, cayenne, bouillon powder, and salt.
  2. Marinate the Chicken: Coat chicken chunks in the spice mix, drizzle with oil, and marinate for at least 20 minutes.
  3. Prepare Skewers: Thread marinated chicken onto skewers.
  4. Grill the Chicken: Grill skewers over medium-high heat, turning occasionally, until the chicken is cooked through and slightly charred, about 10-15 minutes.
  5. Serve: Serve hot, garnished with sliced onions, tomatoes, and additional suya spice if desired.

Tips for Culinary Success

  • Marination Time: For deeper flavor, marinate the chicken overnight.
  • Grilling Technique: Ensure even cooking and char by not overcrowding the grill.
  • Suya Spice Balance: Adjust the cayenne pepper for desired heat level.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Can I use chicken breast instead?

Yes, though thighs are juicier and more flavorful.

What can I use if I don’t have ground peanuts?

Peanut butter powder is a good substitute.

Can I cook this in an oven?

Yes, bake at 200°C (400°F) for 15-20 minutes.