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Grilled Honey Suya Chicken (West African Inspired)

A sweet and spicy West African flavour combination that will blow your mind! After eating this dish you’ll never want to eat another marinade again!

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If you’ve never tried this honey-suya flavour combination before then today is the day! This marinade will change your life…really! Suya is a West African spice made from crushed dried groundnuts and other seasonings. The idea to put honey and suya together came when I got tired of my favourite honey-soy marinade and wanted to try something closer to home. So I put it to the test and it has become one of my greatest discoveries! I plan on marinating other meats and fish with this marinade but in this post, I used skinless chicken thighs that were as tender as ever! So if you would like to know how to make this delicious dish, keep on reading:-


Servings 4 chicken pieces


  • 4 skinless chicken thighs
  • 4 tbsp honey
  • 3 tbsp suya powder
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp garlic puree
  • 1 tsp ginger puree
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper

Honey-suya Glaze

  • 1 tbsp honey
  • 1 tbsp suya powder
  • 2 Paposhito peppers/1 tsp chilli powder


  • Mix your marinade together and pour over chicken.
  • Leave in the fridge for 20 minutes to 24 hours.
  • When ready to cook, preheat your oven on the grill setting at 180*C.
  • Put your chicken on a baking tray and place in the oven. Flip pieces over after 15 minutes.
  • Leave in the oven for 10 more minutes or until cooked through. Flip over to the former skin side (the side where the skin once lay with more flesh).
  • Before broiling, pour the glaze over the pieces and turn up the heat to 250*C for up to 5 minutes. 
  • Take out of the oven and enjoy! 
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