Friday, September 9, 2016

Lemon Suya Chicken - Recipe

The long weekend is here, unfortunately am stuck in my mine camp, the hustle is real. But if you

have some weekend plans to do some cooking why not try my recipe for Lemon-Suya Chicken.

Jollof wit Lemon Suya Chicken and Goat meat

Feel free to tweak it to your preference and taste.

Making a good grilled chicken can be done in so many ways and versions, so today I share one of my
recipes using basic ingredients that you can find in your kitchen or your local market.

We have all heard of Orange chicken and its Asian Influence and by all means the use of lemon in

cooking proteins mainly, fish, beef etc because of its acidity.

The Lemon gives the chicken a tangy and zesty flavor , and we all know Suya makes everything all

right with its peppery spiciness.

Lemon- Suya chicken 

A spicy chicken with a zesty , tangy undertone.


  • 1- 2 kg Chicken pieces ( drumsticks, thighs etc)

  • 1/2 cup lemon Juice for 1kg, 3/4 for 2 kg chicken

  • Lemon zest

  • 5 tablespoons of Suya/Tankwa pepper

  • 1/4 glass of White Wine ( optional)

  • 1 chicken stock cube

  • Black pepper

  • Blended ginger

  • 2 cloves of garlic minced/blended

  • Scotch bonnet pepper or 1 habanero pepper

  • Paprika

  • Pinch of salt

If u want more heat and extra tanginess u can add some Mustard.

If you want it less tangy you can add table spoon of sugar.


Wash your chicken pieces , choose to leave skin or skinless.

Add the lemon juice to the chicken

Add Wine (optional)

Blend your ginger, garlic, pepper.

Add to the chicken and add the Suya pepper, the black pepper, chicken stock cubes , dash of salt and

lemon zest.

Add Paprika- the Paprika will give it a reddish hue, otherwise the Suya will give it a yellow


Mix all ingredients

Taste to see if it agrees with your palate and add on if needed.

You should have a semi thick marinade that should not be too watery, and fairly coats the chicken,

make sure to put some of the seasoning under the skin if not skinless and using a fork gently poke


Marinade time can be from 2-3 hrs or overnight.

Marinade time depends on preference and type of chicken used. If using soft chicken , I marinade it


Reason for shorter marinade time is lemon is acidic and may toughen the chicken but after mixing all

the ingredients it is not too acidic in my opinion.

After marinade put on baking pan or grill as per preference.

Add little oil to marinade ad use to coat chicken whilst its cooking.

When ready dust with a little Suya pepper and slice of lemon.


Let us know if you try it out and tag us on Instagram.