Chin Chin I Recipe from Nigeria - Delicious Recipe with Flour, Butter, Eggs, and More

Chin Chin I

Chin Chin I Recipe from Nigeria - Delicious Recipe with Flour, Butter, Eggs, and More
Region / culture: Nigeria | Preparation time: 30 minutes | Cooking time: 20 minutes | Servings: 10


Chin Chin I
Chin Chin I

Chin Chin is a popular West African snack that is enjoyed by many for its crunchy texture and sweet flavor. It is often served at special occasions such as weddings, birthdays, and holidays.


Chin Chin has its origins in West Africa, particularly Nigeria, where it is a beloved snack that is enjoyed by people of all ages. It is believed to have been introduced to the region by early Arab traders, who brought with them the recipe for a similar snack known as "sakora."


How to prepare

  1. Combine all the ingredients together.
  2. Mix and/or knead the dough until it becomes smooth.
  3. Sprinkle some flour on a cutting board or flat surface.
  4. Take a portion of the dough and flatten it to a thickness of about 0.5 inch (1.25 cm).
  5. Cut the dough into small squares, each measuring approximately 0.5 inch by 0.5 inch (1.25 cm by 1.25 cm).
  6. Heat some oil in a pan over medium heat until it is hot.
  7. Once the oil is hot, carefully add a few handfuls of the cut pieces into the oil. (The oil may foam, but it is normal. Stirring with a utensil will help reduce it).
  8. Deep fry the chin-chin until it turns brown. Some prefer a lighter brown color, while others prefer it darker.
  9. Place the fried pieces on a napkin to absorb any excess oil.


  • You can add flavors such as vanilla or almond extract to the dough for a different twist on the traditional recipe.

Cooking Tips & Tricks

Make sure to knead the dough well to ensure a smooth texture.

- Be careful when frying the chin-chin to avoid burning it.

- You can add spices such as nutmeg or cinnamon for extra flavor.

Serving Suggestions

Chin Chin can be enjoyed on its own as a snack, or paired with a hot beverage such as tea or coffee.

Cooking Techniques

Deep frying is the traditional method of cooking chin chin, but you can also bake it in the oven for a healthier alternative.

Ingredient Substitutions

You can use butter instead of margarine for a richer flavor, or substitute some of the flour with cornstarch for a lighter texture.

Make Ahead Tips

You can prepare the dough ahead of time and refrigerate it until you are ready to fry the chin chin.

Presentation Ideas

Serve chin chin in a decorative bowl or plate for a festive touch.

Pairing Recommendations

Chin Chin pairs well with a variety of beverages, such as hot chocolate, fruit juice, or even a glass of wine.

Storage and Reheating Instructions

Store chin chin in an airtight container at room temperature for up to a week. To reheat, simply place in a preheated oven for a few minutes until warm.

Nutrition Information

Calories per serving

Each serving of Chin Chin contains approximately 250 calories.


Chin Chin is a carbohydrate-rich snack, with each serving containing approximately 30 grams of carbohydrates.


Chin Chin is also high in fats, with each serving containing approximately 15 grams of fats.


Chin Chin is not a significant source of protein, with each serving containing only about 2 grams of protein.

Vitamins and minerals

Chin Chin does not contain significant amounts of vitamins and minerals.


Chin Chin contains wheat and eggs, which may be allergens for some individuals.


Chin Chin is a delicious snack that is high in carbohydrates and fats, making it a tasty but indulgent treat.


Chin Chin is a delicious and crunchy snack that is perfect for special occasions or as a treat for yourself. With its simple ingredients and easy preparation, it is sure to become a favorite in your household.

How did I get this recipe?

I remember the excitement that washed over me when I first saw this recipe for Chin Chin. It was many years ago, during a visit to my dear friend Sarah's home in Nigeria. Sarah was an incredible cook, and she had mastered the art of creating delicious Nigerian dishes. On this particular day, she decided to teach me how to make Chin Chin, a popular snack enjoyed by many in Nigeria.

As she gathered the ingredients and began to explain the steps involved in making Chin Chin, I could feel my curiosity and eagerness growing. The recipe seemed simple enough, but I knew that the real challenge would be in getting the texture and flavor just right. Sarah assured me that with practice and patience, I would soon be able to make Chin Chin as delicious as hers.

We started by mixing flour, sugar, and baking powder in a large bowl. Sarah explained that the baking powder would help give the Chin Chin a light and crispy texture once it was fried. Next, we added some butter and mixed everything together until it resembled breadcrumbs. Sarah then poured in some milk and eggs, gently kneading the dough until it came together into a smooth ball.

Once the dough was ready, Sarah demonstrated how to roll it out into a thin sheet and cut it into small squares. She explained that the size of the squares would determine the size of the Chin Chin once it was fried. With a sharp knife, she made a small slit in the middle of each square, a traditional technique that would give the Chin Chin its signature shape.

As the oil heated up in a large pot, Sarah carefully dropped the Chin Chin squares into the hot oil, frying them until they turned a golden brown color. The aroma that filled the kitchen was simply irresistible, and my mouth watered in anticipation of tasting the finished product.

Once the Chin Chin was cooked, Sarah sprinkled them with a mixture of sugar and cinnamon, adding a touch of sweetness and spice to the crispy snack. As I eagerly took my first bite, I was overwhelmed with joy at how delicious the Chin Chin turned out. The perfect combination of flavors and textures made it a truly unforgettable experience.

From that moment on, I was determined to master the art of making Chin Chin on my own. I practiced the recipe tirelessly, making batch after batch until I felt confident in my abilities. I experimented with different variations, adding my own personal twist to the traditional recipe.

Over the years, I have shared my love for Chin Chin with friends and family, passing down the recipe and the memories of that day with Sarah in Nigeria. Each time I make Chin Chin, I am reminded of the joy and excitement that comes with learning something new and the satisfaction of creating something delicious from scratch.

Now, whenever I make Chin Chin, I am transported back to that kitchen in Nigeria, surrounded by the warmth and laughter of dear friends. The recipe for Chin Chin has become a cherished part of my culinary repertoire, a reminder of the power of food to bring people together and create lasting memories. And for that, I am truly grateful.


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