Chicken Suya

Chicken Suya


  • 6 chicken thighs, skinless, de-boned
  • -Marinade ingredients-
  • 2-3 garlic cloves
  • 3 tsp onion powder
  • 2 tsp garlic powder
  • 1-2 tsp cayenne pepper (to taste)
  • A pinch of salt
  • 1 tbsp suya (spicy peanut seasoning)
  • 4 tbsp sunflower oil


  1. Place the chicken pieces in a bowl and add the marinade ingredients.
  2. Using your hands, mix well to coat the pieces evenly. Cover with cling film and set aside for at least an hour.
  3. Heat a griddle pan and while that’s heating, remove the chicken pieces from the marinade.
  4. Place the chicken pieces on the hot griddle and cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning once. Ensure the chicken is cooked through.
  5. Sprinkle generously with suya mix before serving.


To make your suya spice, add a cup of roasted nuts and chilli powder (to taste) to a grinder and grind to a fine powder. Store in a jar and enjoy on grilled meats and veg!

2 Replies to "Chicken Suya"

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    Manju October 28, 2023 (5:55 pm)

    The recipe looks gorgeous, how much chilli powder should I use for the Suya spice? And would the roasted nuts be peanuts?

    • comment-avatar
      Patti Sloley October 30, 2023 (4:50 pm)

      Hi Manju, thank you. Suya powder or Yaagi, is basically a mix of finely ground roasted peanuts and chilli powder. Other spices added are garlic and onion powder. Sometimes about 5-7 spices in total. Keep it simple and add enough chilli to your taste, so long as it doesn’t overpower the ground peanuts. Enjoy and let me know how you get on.

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