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How to Make Chin Chin

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nigerian chin chin in a glass

How to make Chin Chin

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 snacks 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 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.

overhead shot of nigerian snacks

Can I sell Chin Chin

This will be your final stop to learning how to make Nigerian chin chin. If you are very entrepreneurial, you can fry these snacks and sell as a side hustle. In fact, chin chin is now sold in big supermarkets here in the UK. Before you venture into the business, ensure you practice and practise until you perfect your craft. By doing this, you would know what works for you. It is important that you also test the market for what your potential customers would want. Know your measurements and make a journal as you go along, this will ensure accountability and perfection to your recipe.

Start small, try different flavours, don’t be scared to try! If you fail, try again. Also, aim for freshness at all times and know how to preserve it naturally if you wish to make this a commercial business. Be prepared for criticism and know when to sieve out negative comments and advice. You have to be ready to be in continuous learning and development.

Ingredients

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 desiccated coconut (optional)

80ml milk

1tsp vanilla essence flavour (optional)

Vegetable oil for frying

chin chin in glass bowl placed on a black slate

How to make Nigerian Chin Chin

Start by adding 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.

process shot of how to make 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 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.

dough

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

frying in oil

How to serve Chin Chin

This popular Nigerian snacks can be eaten on its own or alongside soft drinks like Fanta, Malt drink or homemade drinks listed below.

Zobo Drink

Mango Lemonade

nigerian chin chin

 

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Nigerian Chin Chin

Chin Chin is one of our favourite street snacks in Nigeria. This snack is not only eaten in Nigeria, but it is also appreciated in other parts of Africa. Chin chin is crunchy and sweet. It can be flavoured to suit your need or made plain.
Prep Time15 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Total Time35 mins
Course: Appetizer, Snack
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: Chin Chin., How to make Chin chin,, Nigerian chin chin
Servings: 5

Ingredients

  • 350 g plain flour extra for dusting
  • 30 g butter
  • 1 whole nutmeg grated
  • 80-100 g sugar I used caster sugar
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100 ml milk
  • Vegetable oil for frying
  • 30 g desiccated coconut optional

Instructions

  • 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 for stretchy dough.
  • 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 medium high heat; add vegetable oil and heat to about 180°C/356°F 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.
    Leave to cool before serving. 

Notes

For crunchy chin chin, use less butter and milk. replace milk with water.
Too much butter will make the chin chin crumble, only use the required measurent.

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12 Comments

  1. christina olebu

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

     
  2. 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

       
  3. Can we mix with water?.

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

     
  5. This is really nice

     
  6. 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

       

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