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BN Cuisine With Chef Fregz: The Suya Sandwich Configuration



Hi guys, this week has been so stressful. I mean, the month is only a few days old and I’m overworked. Unfortunately, I’m not too stressed to think, breath and sadly eat food. Anyway, a  few weeks ago I  found myself immersed on a blog that celebrated Nigerian food in all its awesomeness and glory. Check it out here. The pictures took me by supirse and wowed me. With each recipe I was caught up in the writers mind and then I saw her amazing suya recipe. Lohi made her suya into a sandwich and it inspired today’s post. The birth of the Suya-Wich… My friend, Demilade had moaned about what he’d do for a chick-fil-a sandwich and I knew what to do in that very minute. My thought process for this sandwich was to brine the chicken add suya pepper for the flavour and like a Chick-Fil-A sandwich deep fry in a suya pepper breading. I’d like to share the journey with you guys. You see, I didn’t cook with a recipe.

Bread -I used a panini bread. It was beautifully marked and cost me 50 naira from Goodies Ikeja. I also experimented with a baguette loaf but any interesting bread would do or thick cut sliced white bread. Remember to be creative, it’s more fun that way. Chicken – I used 2 breasts of chicken. They went into a brining liquid of 1/2 part plain vinegar to a 1/2 part water and some sugar, salt and suya pepper (the suya pepper is quite salty so be careful)

I literally soaked the chicken breasts in that solution for a day and a half. The brining kind of precooks the chicken and it ensures the meat stays moist and cooks evenly when cooked. Brining is also a way to ensure meat is tenderized and has maximum flavour in it.

The sandwich had some gem lettuce I found at Oasis supermarket in Ikeja and some humble cucumber and tomatoes. Again playing with things that go with suya. I didn’t use onions because I honestly forgot  to slice some. It didn’t matter much because I’m not a huge fan of raw onions.Actually, Icould have sautéed them a bit but I forgot so… you can try it when you make yours.  The coating for me this is where the sandwich really comes together! My secret weapon is rice flour. I get it form my Shop Perfect store in Ilupeju. Rice flour is way crisper than regular flour. Mix rice flour with lots of suya pepper. Slice one chicken breast across itself to almost butterfly it. Take each piece and rub in egg and dredge in the flour suya mix doing so 3 times for a great crust!

In hot oil, drop the coated brined chicken and fry till golden brown or Amber and not burnt of course.

To assemble – I made a mayonnaise mix by mixing sweet chilli sauce, tamarind sauce, some suya pepper, and mayonnaise. Spread across the hot panini loaf that was heated through in the oven, then the crisp lettuce leaves, tomatoes and cucumbers. The chicken is the crowning glory.

After this state theres only one thing to do…
EAT… and that’s what Demilade and I did. The sandwich was all sorts of amazing, but we agreed it could have done with more suya flavour. So we did it again this time we grilled it it to give the roasted flavour and added more spicy suya blend to everywhere the suya powder went into. Please if you’re like me sprinkle a bit more pepper on the cooked chicken when it gets out of the fryer.

Don’t forget to rinse off the excess brine of the chicken before you cook to reduce the “saltiness”. Make sure you use a more spicy than salty pepper mix as well since the brining has salted it enough.

Feel free to have some fries with it but I recommend a cold drink. Please don’t forget to send in your general food and kitchen questions to [email protected] because next week would be all about answering your questions and clearing all kitchen myths.

Special shout out to Demilade Banwo who makes my food look even better than it tastes. He’s @franksinatre on twitter and instagram and his blog @ Demilade’s Photos

Enjoy a flavour filled weekend and may the food force be with you.

Fregz loves to cook! He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France and hosts monthly “Chef Fregz Specials” where he whips up a yummy menu with a different theme each time then everyone enjoys a taste.He also caters special events and private dinners. To find out more, visit

Chef Fregz loves to cook! He is a graduate of Le Cordon Bleu Paris Culinary Arts School in France and hosts monthly “Chef Fregz Specials” where he whips up a yummy menu with a different theme each time then everyone enjoys a taste. He also caters special events and private dinners. To find out more visit Chef Fregz provides premium private catering services. For bookings and orders email [email protected] – @Chef_Fregz on Instagram and Twitter. You can check out the Chef Fregz Page on Facebook as well.


  1. omoibo

    September 7, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    Geez chef, that a hella of a good looking chicken suya sandwich. @ Chef, you ought to try making a chicken suyan panini sandwich too 😉 wiping drool off my keyboard now 🙂

  2. dwise

    September 7, 2012 at 1:21 pm

    Kai, see me salivating seriously. Nice one Skinny Chef.

  3. dede

    September 7, 2012 at 1:29 pm

    x_x i so do not understand the recipe. a lil help pls

  4. cathy

    September 7, 2012 at 2:10 pm

    if i eat this i will be weighing 120kg and more, hmmmmm

  5. Homely

    September 7, 2012 at 3:05 pm

    Nice one Chef. But Fregz, Lohi’s site you put on here is not coming up ooo. BN pls update us, i would love too see those recipes. Thanks.

  6. ArabianPrincess

    September 7, 2012 at 4:22 pm

    So U found out Lohi…good of U. Stumbled upon her blog last week, its Infact i plan to try out r garlic stir fry with basmati rice dis weekend. Nice of U Chef fregz to actually put a twist to d recipe and tell us too. CAVEAT….Pls dont scroll thru Lohi’s site if U are very HUNGRY…Cheers!!!

  7. avid reader

    September 7, 2012 at 4:25 pm

    shout out to Ohita (Lohi) and Chef Fregz! You guys making food almost too good to be eaten!

  8. Lohi

    September 7, 2012 at 4:57 pm

    Thanks for the mention Chef!!!! The website is 🙂

    • Miss T

      September 7, 2012 at 6:56 pm

      I googled your website, mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmm just the first pictures were enough for me to go mad. I made sure I ate before I went on it oh, but still some kind of hunger was stirred up, mouth was watering, head bursting e.t.c, e.t.c! Well done Lohi and Chef Fregz (each time I see your post on Bella every Friday I get so excited just looking at the pictures).

  9. ofilispeaks

    September 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    za boy get talent! No be small…cook on man….

  10. BBB

    September 7, 2012 at 5:22 pm

    Looks soooo good, between you and Ohita I’m not sure who should be paying for the hunger I feel right now, I’m going to reproduce this, soundsss divine.

  11. Kemi

    September 7, 2012 at 9:09 pm

    that looks delicious, am so hungry right now :=)

  12. Funke BUCKNOR obruthe

    September 7, 2012 at 10:16 pm

    Awwww i want

  13. Wow

    September 7, 2012 at 10:57 pm

    Just went 2 the store to buy my suya mix. Definitely trying it this weekend! Thank you.

  14. KingsQueen

    September 7, 2012 at 11:40 pm

    yo! i swear i just wanna marry this guy… and YES i like food that much, lol

  15. iamfascinating

    September 8, 2012 at 3:26 pm

    lol, will try this. looks yummy!

  16. Ajoke

    September 10, 2012 at 5:46 am

    My brother would love this. He always makes “suya burgers” when we have BBQs lol.

  17. nicolitta

    September 18, 2012 at 5:53 pm

    This looks yummy! where can I get suya pepper in Lagos?

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