Chicken Suya On Rice

Nigerian Suya Chicken

Ever since I tried suya spice on salmon about a year ago, I have been using my suya spice on almost all kinds of protein ( Smoked goat with suya spice is to die for). I had a craving for Chicken Suya some days back, instead of taking the skewer/stick meat route, I decided to do up a little stir fry, the result was amazing and this dish is definitely going to be a consistent part of my diet moving forward.


  • 4 piecesΒ  boneless chicken thighs* ( Cleaned, skinned and cut into chunks)
  • 1/2 teaspoon each (Ginger power, garlic power, thyme and onion power)
  • 1 cube maggi
  • Salt to taste
  • 2 Table spoons tomato sauce
  • 2 table spoons Olive oil
  • 1 tomato ( cubed)
  • 1/4 of a large onion (cubed)
  • 2 sprigs of green onion ( chopped)
  • 1 small chilli (shombo or ata rod0) (chopped)
  • 1 table spoon Suya spice Mix

Suya Spice


  • Thoroughly combine the chicken with salt, maggi, ginger, garlic,thyme and onion. Set aside
  • Place a large skillet on medium heat, add in the oil. Wait 2 minutes, add in the chicken. Brown the chicken on each side for 4 mins

Add in the chopped onion, chilli, spring onion and tomato. Combine

  • Add in the tomato sauce and suya spice.Β  Simmer on medium heat for 4-5minutes.

Serve On rice. Enjoy!!

* Chicken thighs work best in this recipe, it will not come out as great with chicken breast*

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By |September 20th, 2012|97 Comments


  1. Mary July 29, 2017 at 1:30 pm - Reply

    I cook for a Nigerian priest and have been getting familiar with Nigerian cooking the last few months. Going on vacation and making some make ahead dishes. I purchased Suya Pepper on Amazon as I didn’t make it to the local African market and didn’t want to make my own. This recipe is fantastic. I made it exactly as described except only a bit of maggi as he is watching his sodium. Very delicious and serving with white rice. Highly recommend. I will be making frequently.

  2. Jelecia March 12, 2016 at 10:04 pm - Reply

    My bf is nigerian and,,,well…im not lol. He doesn’t care if I learn to cook nigerian dishes but I thank you fo your website because at least now I can surprise him every so often πŸ™‚

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 17, 2016 at 6:30 pm - Reply

      great!!! I am sure he will be pleasantly surprised.

  3. Rukky January 6, 2016 at 11:53 am - Reply

    This looks simple and lovely, thank u, all the recipes I have tried on this blog has never failed me

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 8, 2016 at 11:32 am - Reply

      That’s awesome! thanks for the great feedback.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 8, 2016 at 11:54 am - Reply

      Awesome! thanks for the feedback.

  4. pat October 16, 2015 at 4:10 am - Reply

    God bless you!!!

  5. Yhunis October 1, 2015 at 4:48 pm - Reply

    I dont have suya spice but is it alright to use pepper-soup spice in place of d suya’s?

  6. Vanessa May 8, 2015 at 5:51 am - Reply

    Hello Ronke, I stumbled on your blog a few days ago and i have to let you know you are doing a great job and that your recipes are brilliant. Keep up the good work!

  7. Caro January 25, 2015 at 6:25 pm - Reply

    i found your site a few weeks ago, and i’ve been blown away. Your twists on 9ja classics are inspiring, especially for a nigerian in america. Thanks!
    p.s. i love this recipe. It just pushed orange chicken off my fave food list. πŸ™‚

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 26, 2015 at 10:13 am - Reply

      Thanks a million Caro, i appreciate your kind words.

  8. olayinka January 21, 2015 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    I just made this….very nice that my husband ate more than his normal portion. Cant wait to make this for my inlaws nd siblings when they come around

  9. Annie January 18, 2015 at 7:42 pm - Reply

    Thank you for this recipe! It was great. My husband and I enjoyed it! You are very talented, thank you for using your talents to bless so many families with great recipes πŸ™‚

  10. Lizzy August 19, 2014 at 4:44 pm - Reply

    I need to try this tomorrow after work

  11. ada August 19, 2014 at 2:57 pm - Reply

    Just stumbled on it today and prepared it for my hubby. He liked it and I liked it too. ThNks for the recipe, I had a change from the conventional tomatoes stew.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 22, 2014 at 10:11 pm - Reply

      That’s great Ada, thanks for the feedback.

  12. Babatunde August 19, 2014 at 11:17 am - Reply

    woooooooooooow!!!!!!!!!! @9jafoodie you just caused commotion in my office oo! See as guys are salivating!!!! I can’t wait to have a taste of this! Seriously! Now I am seriously HUNGRY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  13. Chinny August 19, 2014 at 10:29 am - Reply

    i will like to try dis looks yummy

  14. chinny August 19, 2014 at 10:27 am - Reply

    Pls what is chilli and how can one get it

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 19, 2014 at 10:31 am - Reply

      Local shombo or ata rodo pepper- any hot pepper really.

  15. Hauwa Musa August 18, 2014 at 3:28 pm - Reply

    Wow, This Site is the bomb, u get 2 see hw it’s done, even in pictures, thumbs up dearie, pls hw can I search 4 other recipes?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie August 18, 2014 at 3:31 pm - Reply

      Thanks and welcome Hauwa. You can search by clicking the little magnifying glass on the home page.

  16. Vikkie August 4, 2014 at 4:13 am - Reply

    seems nize i’ll like to try it but how can i get d suya spice or better still what are the spices that makes up the suya spice so i can source dem myself….

  17. Floxy June 17, 2014 at 2:44 am - Reply

    Hi 9jafoodie
    Pls what is ‘sprigs of green onion’?
    More grease to your elbow on this wonderful work

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie June 18, 2014 at 5:56 pm - Reply

      Thanks! A sprig is just one… so the stem/ green leafy part of a young onion.

  18. Anonymous April 8, 2014 at 12:59 am - Reply

    Am grateful

  19. AB April 7, 2014 at 10:36 am - Reply

    Please will the chicken get well cooked for that short period? urgent

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 7, 2014 at 5:24 pm - Reply

      yes it will, due to the tiny cut of the chicken it will cook a lot faster.

  20. Anonymous March 31, 2014 at 3:36 pm - Reply

    Please will it be tasty if i use blended tomato paste bcos am trying to run away from that sharp taste of tin tomato

  21. Onyinye February 10, 2014 at 12:32 am - Reply

    Hello..just stumbled on ur blog now…I love what am seeing. The chicken above are my to cook first before frying with olive oil or just Fry directly?….ur quick response would be appreciated

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie February 21, 2014 at 7:22 pm - Reply

      no you do not have to cook the chicken prior.

  22. Adaeze.O. December 31, 2013 at 3:00 am - Reply

    Please how do you get ur plantains to be that shape?

    • Ola March 17, 2016 at 9:36 pm - Reply

      Yes, also curious to know…

  23. jaiye December 6, 2013 at 12:56 pm - Reply

    Hi Pls where in lagos can I get suya pepper? Apart from d mallams that sell suya

  24. bose December 5, 2013 at 1:31 pm - Reply

    I made this yummy

  25. Anonymous November 7, 2013 at 3:18 am - Reply

    How do we prepare the suya spice?

  26. Livvie October 26, 2013 at 4:16 am - Reply

    I must really commend you for your patience to answer most of the questions I see. Good job

  27. Anonymous May 16, 2013 at 1:01 am - Reply

    What is the food by the side of rice?

  28. Yaa May 2, 2013 at 6:43 pm - Reply

    How do you get Suya spice mix? Can I get in an Asian Store?

  29. Ngy April 11, 2013 at 6:02 am - Reply

    So I have to remove the bones before I fry the chicken?….Whats the difference between olive oil and groundnutoil

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie April 11, 2013 at 6:06 am - Reply

      Yes, you have to remove the bone. The oils are from different sources, one being olive and the other groundnut.

  30. tiwaloila March 22, 2013 at 2:01 pm - Reply

    I tried this 2nyt! My husband has been blessing me,n nw am saying GOD BLESS

  31. Gracias March 17, 2013 at 6:29 am - Reply

    I made this and it was really yummy! Thank you so much.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie March 22, 2013 at 10:44 am - Reply

      Yeiii!! we are glad you like the recipe

  32. kunle January 1, 2013 at 8:06 am - Reply

    Totally awesome..I tried the recipe this morning and it was like magic. Thanks

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie January 1, 2013 at 10:26 am - Reply

      Whoop! we are very happy to hear that… please share the recipe with your family and friends

  33. Anonymous November 30, 2012 at 4:04 am - Reply

    I tired this on word:AMAZING!!!! EVERYone loved it!! Finished before I knew it lol..
    Thank you so much for this

  34. Taiwo "aya" Oluseyi November 21, 2012 at 4:55 am - Reply

    Hello 9ja foodie, please may I know what kinda tomato sauce was used for this meal.God job you are doing!

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 26, 2012 at 4:45 pm - Reply

      HI! any tin tomato brand will do. I used the Heinz brand in this recipe.

  35. YinklezDimplez November 1, 2012 at 8:20 am - Reply

    Just tried dis today, used beef instead. Imma twitpic urs as usual. Tnx sis

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie November 18, 2012 at 4:08 pm - Reply

      I am still waiting for the picture πŸ˜€

  36. Name October 31, 2012 at 10:25 am - Reply

    wow! just tried this…Delish!

  37. YinklezDimplez October 18, 2012 at 12:09 pm - Reply

    @Uju, its d samle as ‘Tin Tomato’…My next recipe on d line…Gracias Muchos

  38. Bisiola October 13, 2012 at 4:12 pm - Reply

    Not fair, I was just thinking about doing this tomorrow with the chicken breasts in my freezer. πŸ™
    it looks really good though.

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 15, 2012 at 9:10 pm - Reply

      Sorry Bisola, you really want to use chicken thighs, it is worth the wait.

  39. Uju October 11, 2012 at 7:25 am - Reply

    Is tomato sauce the same as ketchup ?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 13, 2012 at 7:53 am - Reply

      No Uju, tomato sauce is simply pureed tomatoes.

  40. Emma October 9, 2012 at 8:58 am - Reply

    It looks yummy

  41. Nikkyshyne October 9, 2012 at 6:27 am - Reply

    Definitely trying this out.yummy.

  42. Debola October 6, 2012 at 9:17 am - Reply

    Yummy!! This will be my Monday dinner. Pls do I need to parboil d chicken before I skin

  43. Efemena October 5, 2012 at 6:33 am - Reply

    I totally love this blog and i just come here all the time to check out recipes and keep procastinating on when to do justice to the many recipes i see on here. But guess what? i started with the chicken suya last nite and boy was it good? My! It was divine! Everybody kept licking their fingers until they almost bit them off…lol and i was totally feeling cool with myself…Thanks for the wonderful work you are doing 9jafoodie…double gbosa for u!!!…i intend to try it with fish and pork…:D

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 5, 2012 at 9:58 am - Reply

      Whoop!!! that is good to hear, I am glad you enjoyed the recipe. Happy cooking!!

  44. Lovenia October 1, 2012 at 3:40 pm - Reply

    Where can I get the Suya spice mix from ?

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie October 5, 2012 at 10:01 am - Reply

      Your local african/Nigerian store will carry it.

  45. Lovenia October 1, 2012 at 3:32 pm - Reply

    Am not Nigerian but you’ve helped me please my Nigerian man with
    All these traditional meals ….. I’ve used all most all your recipe with a little bit of my own ideas …. He loves my cooking……. And is always stocked when I make something Nigerian……
    Thank you so much …….

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  48. somto September 26, 2012 at 4:10 am - Reply

    I am in love with this site!say what!!! The only mercy i have right now is for my landlord as he realises the gas cooker is always depleted because i am trying everything i see on this site!
    Keep it up..#al the way from the land where chicken and chips rule the roasdide#

  49. Jemima September 21, 2012 at 5:47 am - Reply

    This looks divine, i ma certainly trying this in the weekend πŸ™‚

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 21, 2012 at 8:08 am - Reply

      Please do!! let me know how you like it.

  50. Benny September 21, 2012 at 5:47 am - Reply

    9jafoodie………….odika too moooochiiiieeeee!!!!!!!!!!!!

  51. Toinlicious September 21, 2012 at 5:31 am - Reply

    Hmn, i should try this tomorrow

    • 9jafoodie
      9jafoodie September 21, 2012 at 8:09 am - Reply

      YES YES YES… please let me know how it turns out.

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