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Chicken Chichinga (Ghanaian Chicken Kebabs)

Chicken chichinga is a Ghanaian chicken kebab made with suya spice, a peanut-based spice rub that gives a bit of heat. Chichinga is a popular street food in Ghana. It’s delicious and very easy to make.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time26 mins
Resting Time30 mins
Total Time1 hr 6 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: African
Servings: 5 kebabs
Calories: 158kcal
Author: Mavis K.


  • 3 large boneless, skinless chicken breasts (chopped into 1 inch cubes; about 30 pieces)
  • tbsp suya spice
  • 3 tbsp tomato paste
  • 1 tsp garlic (minced)
  • 1 tsp ginger (minced)
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tbsp canola oil


  • Combine the tomato paste, suya spice, canola oil, garlic, and ginger in a large bowl. Use a spoon to mix the ingredients together to make a marinade.
  • Sprinkle the salt and pepper onto the chicken and place the chicken into the bowl with the marinade. Use a spoon to coat all the sides of each chicken bite with the marinade. Place the marinated chicken in the fridge for 30 minutes.
  • If you’re using wooden skewers, place them in a bowl with warm water for 30 minutes to prevent the skewers from burning when you’re grilling the chichinga.
  • Remove the skewers from the bowl and thread each chicken piece onto the skewers (I threaded about 6 pieces of chicken onto each skewer) and set aside on a clean plate.
  • If you're using a grill, place the chichinga on the grill and grill each side until the chicken is cooked through and browned on each side (about 10-15 minutes).
  • If you don't have a grill, oil and heat a grilling pan on the stove. Place the chichinga on the grilling pan and make grill marks on each side (about 5 minutes for each side).
  • Transfer the grilling pan with the chichinga to a preheated oven (set on low broil). Broil the chichinga in the oven for 8 minutes. Turn each skewer and broil the chichinga on the new side for another 8 minutes.
  • The internal temperature of each chicken bite should be 165°F.


Chichinga is usually served with sliced onions and tomatoes.


Calories: 158kcal | Carbohydrates: 4g | Protein: 17g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 1g | Cholesterol: 43mg | Sodium: 191mg | Potassium: 400mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 2g | Vitamin A: 167IU | Vitamin C: 3mg | Calcium: 10mg | Iron: 1mg