Peanut Crusted Chicken and Vegetable Suya Skewers with Peanut Cilantro Relish

two vegetables and chicken skewers crossed on top of the other.

By: The Culinary Institute of America

30 minutes

Total Servings: 12, Serving Size: 1 portion



Suya Spice Mix

¾ cup peanuts, ground and roasted

1 each cayenne pepper, a pinch

¼ teaspoon pimentón

½ teaspoon ginger, ground

½ teaspoon nutmeg, ground

½ teaspoon garlic powder

¼ teaspoon cloves, ground

¼ teaspoon cinnamon, ground

½ teaspoon salt

3-4 tablespoons suya spice mix (see above)

3 tablespoons canola oil, plus extra for brushing

1 lb., chicken breast, trimmed, cut in 1”cubes

2-3 each bell peppers, red and green, cored, deseeded, cut in 1” pieces

1 each red onion, cut in 1” pieces

as needed, salt

as needed, black pepper, ground

Peanut Cilantro Relish

1 each garlic clove, small, smashed to a paste with salt

2 teaspoon ginger, minced

¼ teaspoon cumin, toasted, ground fine

2 teaspoon or as needed, sambal oelek

¼ cup canola oil

4 each green onions, chopped

½ cup cilantro, sliced

¼ cup peanuts, roasted, salted, chopped

1 ea., lime juice

as needed, salt

as needed, black pepper, ground


For the Suya Spice Mix: Mix all the ingredients for the spice mix in a bowl. Transfer to an airtight container in a cool, dark place. Store for up to one month. If you have added fresh ingredients, store in the fridge and use it within a week.

Season the chicken with salt and pepper.

Toss the chicken with suya spice mix to coat and massage the mixture thoroughly into the meat. Thread the chunks of pepper, onion and chicken on to your skewers. Let marinate overnight.

Preheat a grill.

Take the skewers out of the fridge and leave them to sit at room temperature for a few minutes. Drizzle oil on skewers.

Grill the skewers until the chicken is cooked through and the vegetables are slightly charred.

For the Peanut Cilantro Relish: In a small bowl, combine the garlic, ginger, cumin, chile paste, a pinch of salt, and oil.

Stir in green onions, cilantro, and peanuts. Adjust seasoning with salt, pepper and lime juice.

To Serve: Serve with skewers with a side of the Peanut Cilantro Relish.

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