Suya Spiced Baked Chicken

Chicken is probably the most commonly eaten meat in the world! so in order not to get tired of eating it all the time, I tend to vary the spice I use and the method of cooking it.

Funke Koleosho's Suya Spiced Baked Chicken

My recipe today is really simple...requires very little effort and it produces a crispy on the outside, juicy and tender on the inside excitingly spicy chicken. Great served with a bit of chips and a bowl of crisp salad. You have to try it.

What you need
  • 2 chicken leg quarters
  • 2 sprig of fresh thyme
  • 2-3 spoons of suya spice
  • 4 cloves of garlic
  • Half of a small onion (diced)
  • 2-3 bay leaves
  • 10g of grated fresh ginger
  • Some salt
  • 2-3 spoons coconut oil
  • Some green and red birds eye chillis (optional)

What to do
  1. Wash the chicken legs and place in a bowl. 
  2. Add the suya spice, fresh thyme, garlic, onion, bay leaves, ginger, salt and coconut oil. 
  3. Work all spices into the chicken. 
  4. Cover bowl with a tea towel and set aside for about 30 minutes. (If you have time, set aside over night in the fridge). 
  5. Pre-heat oven to 150 degrees. 
  6. Transfer the content of the bowl into a baking tray or or oven dish. Cover with foil paper and place in the oven. Cook for about 20 minutes covered. 
  7. Then increase the temperature of the oven to 200 degrees. 
  8. Remove the foil paper, add the chillis if using and continue to cook for another 20-30 minutes until chicken is cooked through. Serve.

Suya Spiced Baked Chicken


  1. Looks and sounds delicious. Love spicy chicken. Thanks for sharing.


  2. I think you need to indicate Farenheit or not. 200 degrees in the US does NOT cook a chicken quarter!

  3. Regarding my previous sorry! After reading your "about" section, I think you might not be in the US. Anyway, I cooked my chicken longer at 400F, and it came out great. I look forward to trying more recipes from your site and learning more about Nigerian food!

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