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Chicken Suya Recipe (Nigerian Suya)

Chicken Suya made with chicken wings! This popular Nigerian street food recipe is perfect for the summer, entertaining or to just enjoy on a weeknight. The chicken is marinated in Suya spice also known as yaji or Suya pepper and then grilled to perfection with the wings falling off the bones. It is flavourful utterly delicious.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time45 mins
Total Time55 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: African, Nigerian
Keyword: chicken suya, nigerian suya, suya chicken, suya chicken wings
Servings: 4
Author: Ajoke


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  • 1 kg Chicken wings 2.2lb
  • 4 tablespoons suya spice divided
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 teaspoons chicken bouillon powder
  • 3 tablespoons vegetable oil or peanut oil

What to serve it with

  • 1 medium red onion sliced
  • 2 medium roma tomatoes sliced
  • 2 cups thinly sliced cabbage
  • Chopped lettuce


  • Prep the chicken wings: cut it into drumettes and winglets and pat dry with a kitchen towel and transfer to a bowl.
  • To the chicken wings, add salt, chicken bouillon powder, 2 tablespoons suya spice and mix into the wings until well combined. Cover the bowl with clingfilm and leave to marinate in a cool place for at least 30 minutes. The longer you marinate the chicken, the tastier it becomes, so feel free to marinate for up to 24 hours in the fridge.
  • Whilst the wings is marinating, to a small bowl, add the remaining `suya spice and vegetable oil and mix to combine.
  • Preheat the grill or oven at 180C/360F and prepare the baking tray, line it with an aluminium foil and place a baking rack on it.
  • Arrange the chicken wings on the baking rack, given them enough room so they cook evenly and gets enough air circulation in the oven.
  • Brush the chicken with the marinade made earlier and grill/broil or bake in the oven for 15 minutes. Take it out of the oven and flip then rub more of the marinade, return into the oven and continue cooking for another 15 minutes. For a final time, bring it out of the oven, flip and rub the remaining marinade and grill for another 15 minutes.
  • Bring the chicken wings out of the oven and transfer to a bowl, sprinkle more suya spice and serve with sliced onions, tomatoes and any other salad of choice. Enjoy


Substitute chicken wings for chicken thighs or chicken breast and cook accordingly until fully cooked.
Suya spice mix is heavily based on peanuts or kuli kuli which is high in saturated fat, if you are on a healthy diet wagon, use this spice marinade responsibly.