• Serves: 4

Ingredients

  • 1/2 cup - dry roasted peanuts
  • 1 tbsp - smoked paprika
  • 1 tsp - ground ginger
  • 1 tsp - garlic powder
  • 1 tbsp - onion powder
  • 1 tsp - black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp - cayenne pepper
  • 4 tbsp - vegetable or sunflower oil
  • 1 - lime
  • 1kg - chicken thighs, diced
  • Salt and pepper to taste
  • 600g - yam tuber or sweet potatoes
  • Oil for frying
  • Wooden skewers

Nigerian cuisine is a fun and exciting food that uses a lot of herbs and spices from across the country to bring its dishes to life. Nigerian food is heavily influenced by hundreds of ethnic groups that live around the different towns of Nigeria. This popular  dish of Chicken Suya Kebabs and Yam Chips, tastes fantastic and is popular around the world.

Method

  1. Soak the wooden skewers in water to stop them burning whilst cooking.
  2. To make the suya spice mix; place dry roasted peanuts, smoked paprika, garlic powder, onion powder, black pepper, cayenne pepper and salt in a food processor or blender and pulse until a crumble like texture is formed.
  3. Place 1/3 of the mixture on the side to use for garnish.
  4. In a large mixing bowl, place the suya spice mix, chicken, vegetable/sunflower oil, salt and pepper and mix together until all the chicken is coated. Place in the fridge for 45 minutes. Skewer the chicken and pack them tightly to prevent it from drying out while cooking. Cook the chicken or use a BBQ or large griddle frying pan until cooked through, or the core temperature of the chicken has reached 75ºC
  5. Once cooked, squeeze some lime juice over the meat and sprinkle with the reserved suya spice mix.
  6. To make the yam chips; bring a large pot of water to the boil and season generously with salt.
  7. Peel the yam into chips, parboil the yam in water until just cooked. Cooking time will depend upon the size of the chips.
  8. Heat the oil in a large skillet on a high heat until the oil is hot, but not smoking. Fry the yam chips in batches until they are golden in colour, season with salt and serve alongside the chicken kebab.

Note: diced lamb rump is a great alternative to chicken thighs.

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