Back in our teens my sister, Kathleen and I use to gather money weekly either by bargaining in the market so we had left over change or gathering sawdust for my dad’s poultry and earning a few francs (Cameroonian currency) just so we could treat ourselves to 1 or two suya skewers Abouki (the suya vendor by our house) sold.
Suya is a common street food in most West African countries and generally refers to beef skewers. Nigerians call it ‘Yaji’ and Kenyans call it ‘Nyama choma’. It’s beef marinated with a mixture of powdered spices and grilled. For a long time, I wondered how this spice was made bacause each time, I tried to make suya at home, the taste was always miles away from the suya sold by the road-side. Fortunately, suya spice is sold by these vendors in Cameroon but leaving far from home doesn’t make this spice always available.
I decided to try my hand on making the spices just by tasting the original spice mum sent me. After several concoctions, I can confidently say the recipe I’m about to share with you is (almost) like the spice sold on the streets and I’ve been using this spice mixture in almost everything. Today, I’ll show you how to make chicken suya. Are you drooling already? Let’s get right into it.
I’ll be using this same spice mix for my Christmas turkey roast. Leave a comment if you do too.
- 3 tbsp. finely ground roasted peanuts
- 1 tsp. cayenne pepper
- 1 tbsp. red pepper flakes
- 2 tbsp. paprika powder
- 1 tbsp. ground ginger
- 1 tsp. garlic powder
- 1 tbsp. onion powder
- 1 tsp. white pepper powder
- 1 tbsp. chicken bouilon cube
- FOR CHICKEN THIGHS
- 3 chicken thighs
- Blend peanuts to a fine powder consistency. Using a clean cloth, squeeze out excess oil from peanuts. Mix peanuts with all other ingredients, add chicken bouillon cube to intensify the chicken flavor.
- Clean chicken and rub with a generous amount of suya spice.
- Store chicken in an air-tight container overnight to marinate.
- Bake or grill chicken at 180 degrees till tender.
- Altenatively, blend 'kuli kuli' and measure 3 tablespoons to use in place of roasted peanuts.