Mmmm…..“Chinchinga” is another one of many popular street foods in Ghana. It always makes me homesick and nostalgic whenever I make it for my friends and family. The smell of the suya seasoning on the meat against the hot grill evokes pleasant memories of the busy streets of Accra and the various socialising “spots” where people just go to listen to great African music and enjoy their chilled favourite beer or soft drink while they order countless skewers of authentic chinchinga from a vendor who seems to have strategically situated his open fire grill in just the right place for the smell and display of assorted grilled meats to entice his customers till they succumb to the good stuff , lol!
Well, here’s my take on the “good stuff” so try it and you may very well not have to go to Ghana to try chinchinga. Although, you might miss the accompanying drama between the Chinchinga vendor and his customers if you didn’t.
- 200 gms chicken breast fillet, cut into cubes
- 2 tbsp olive oil
- 2 fat cloves of garlic
- 2 tbsp grated ginger
- 1 small onion
- 1 chicken stock cube
- 1Maggie cube (optional)
- 1 large red bell pepper cut in cubes
- 1 large green pepper cut in cubes
- 1 large red onion cut in cubes
- ½ cup grounded roasted peanuts (milled into powder with excess oil taken out so that it is very dry)
- ¼ cup each chili powder
- ¼ cup roasted paprika powder
- ¼ cup of garlic salt
- ¼ cup Onion powder
- ¼ cup dried mixed herbs
- 2 maggie cubes (optional)
- Salt to taste
1. Blend the ginger, garlic, onion, stock cube seasoning with the oil to form a smooth paste.
2. Add the paste to the chicken and marinate for about an hour.
3. Skewer the seasoned chicken pieces alternating with the peppers and onions and set aside.
4. Combine all the ingredients for the suya seasoning and mix together.
5. Once the suya seasoning is ready, sprinkle some of it on the skewered chicken and grill till it is cooked and browned both sides.
6. Remove from the heat and sprinkle a bit more of the suya powder on it and serve.