nigerian chin chin

Chin Chin

chin chin recipe

We Nigerians don’t joke with our street foods at all. In fact they are like the things that keep us going and together. We love our foods and we forget all our sorrows and problems and just enjoy the moment. One of our favourite street snack is chin chin. This snack is not only eaten in Nigeria but it is also appreciated in other parts of Africa.

Chin chin is crunchy and sweet, but you can also decide to have it soft too. As simple as this recipe is, it also comes with a tedious task of cutting the dough and frying in batches. If you want to achieve a really crunchy chin-chin, you will need to use less milk and butter in your recipe. I added a little bit of desiccated coconut to this my chin chin recipe and this can be substituted with coconut milk. It is very important to know that this recipe calls for plain flour and not self raising flour.

What you will need

350g plain flour extra for dusting

30g butter

1 whole nutmeg grated

80-100g sugar (I used caster sugar)

1 egg

1tsp baking powder

30g dessicated coconut (optional)

80ml milk

1tsp vannilla essence flavour (optional)

Vegetable oil for frying


Add all the dry ingredients together in a bowl and mix together. Add the butter and mix together to form crumbs. Add the other wet ingredients and mix to form a stretchy dough.

nigerian chin chin

Leave the dough to rest for about 15-30 minutes. (this is not compulsory)

Dust a cleaned work surface with flour; divide the dough into 2 or 3 batches. Roll out the dough flat and cut into long strips with a cut into desired sizes. Repeat this process till you have exhausted the dough

Place a shallow frying pan on a medium high heat; add vegetable oil and heat to about 350⁰ or you do an oil test. Drop one of the cut dough into the hot oil and if it floats to the top of the oil, then the oil is ready for use.

Carefully add the cut out dough to the hot oil in batches and fry till golden brown.

chin chin recipe

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  1. I thought I was the only one, that have thought of putting some kind of flavor in my chin-chin, other plain .I made mine with coconut flakes and it was so good.

    • Hi Glory, I love coconut in my chin chin and I enjoy it more when it is baked than fried.
      thanks for stopping by

  2. This is really nice

  3. Chin Chin…my weakness. I don’t stop until everything is gone.

  4. Can we mix with water?.

  5. Thanks Ajoke, please how can i measure my ingredients when am making upto 4 kilo of flour or 1 custard bucket of flour. thanks I want to make it for my xmas.

    • Hi Ebere, divide the flour: (4kg) 4000g by 350g and multiply your answer by the other ingredients used in the recipe. Good luck and kindly keep me posted

  6. christina olebu

    I tried a lot of recipes , but your own came out so perfect!
    the best recipe ever!!
    thank you so much


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