Grilled Suya-Spiced Wings

Grilled Suya-Spiced Wings

Grilled Suya-Spiced Wings

Prep Time
5 Minutes
Cook Time
20 Minutes

Treat your chicken wings to the craveable flavours of Suya Spice – a seasoning blend already made popular by West African Street food. Always made with ginger, hot chilies and ground, roasted peanuts, it brings a welcome boldness to chicken wings when combined with lemon and oil in this tasty marinade. Grilled until crispy and glazed with a honey-Suya mix, these wings are spicy, smoky, peanutty perfection.

Suya Spice Blend is a staple seasoning in West Africa, especially in Nigerian cuisine. It is a flavourful dry rub typically made with a base of crushed or powdered peanuts and spices like ginger and cayenne. The nutty, fragrant blend is commonly used to season beef and chicken skewers but is also great for lamb and fish. It can be used in marinades, sauces, and dressings, as well. 

  • 900 grams (2 bags) chicken wing pieces, tips removed

  • 8 tablespoons West African Suya Spice Blend, divided

  • 4 tablespoons lemon juice

  • 4 tablespoons olive oil

  • 2 tablespoons honey

Cooking tip
  1. Substitute jumbo shrimp in place of the wings for finger-licking West African-Inspired Peel-and-Eat Shrimp.
  2. Grill red pepper strips, just until charred, and toss with the wings to add some color and crunch.


  • 1 Pre-heat the grill to medium-high heat.
  • 2 Place the chicken wings in a large bowl. Mix 2 tbs of the Suya Spice Blend, lemon juice and olive oil in a small bowl, add the Suya marinade to the chicken and coat well. Refrigerate for 30 minutes. Remove wings from marinade. Discard any remaining marinade.
  • 3 Grill wings over medium-high heat for 15-20 minutes or until cooked through, turning frequently.
  • 4 Mix honey and remaining 6 tbs Suya Spice Blend in a large bowl. Transfer hot cooked wings to the bowl and toss to coat. Serve immediately.