Chichinga (kebab)

Chichinga, also known as kebabs or skewers, is a popular street food in Ghana. It’s typically made with marinated and grilled meat, often beef or chicken, along with vegetables and sometimes sausages. Here’s a basic recipe for preparing chichinga:

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For the Marinade:

  • 1 pound (450g) beef or chicken, cut into bite-sized pieces
  • 1/4 cup vegetable oil
  • 2 tablespoons groundnut (peanut) butter
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 1 small onion, finely chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1 teaspoon ground ginger
  • 1 teaspoon paprika
  • 1/2 teaspoon cayenne pepper (adjust to taste)
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cumin
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground coriander
  • Salt and pepper to taste

For the Skewers:

  • Wooden skewers, soaked in water for at least 30 minutes to prevent burning
  • Vegetables of your choice (bell peppers, onions, tomatoes, etc.)
  • Sausages (optional)


  1. Prepare the Marinade:
    • In a bowl, combine the vegetable oil, groundnut butter, tomato paste, chopped onion, minced garlic, ground ginger, paprika, cayenne pepper, ground cumin, ground coriander, salt, and pepper. Mix well to form a smooth marinade.
  2. Marinate the Meat:
    • Place the bite-sized pieces of meat into the marinade, ensuring they are well coated. Cover the bowl and refrigerate for at least 2 hours, or ideally overnight for the best flavor.
  3. Prepare the Skewers:
    • While the meat is marinating, prepare the skewers. Thread the marinated meat onto the soaked wooden skewers, alternating with pieces of vegetables and sausages if desired. This creates a colorful and flavorful mix.
  4. Grill the Chichinga:
    • Preheat your grill to medium-high heat. If you don’t have a grill, you can also cook these on a barbecue or even in the oven.
    • Place the skewers on the grill and cook for about 10-15 minutes, turning occasionally, or until the meat is cooked to your desired level of doneness and has a nice charred appearance.
  5. Serve:
    • Remove the chichinga from the grill and serve hot. You can serve it with extra marinade as a dipping sauce, and it’s often enjoyed with some Ghanaian shito sauce (a spicy black pepper sauce) on the side.

Chichinga is a delicious and flavorful Ghanaian street food that can be customized to your taste by adjusting the level of spiciness and the choice of vegetables and meats. Enjoy!

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