How To Make Traditional Nigerian Chicken Skewers With Spicy Peanut Sauce


<b>-Chef Michelle</b>

<b>is going to take me</b>

<b>to one of the most iconic dishes</b>

<b>in Nigerian cuisine -- suya.</b>

<b>It is kind of</b>

<b>this chicken skewer</b>

<b>or beef skewer with this</b>

<b>incredible peanut sauce</b>

<b>that has a little bit of heat.</b>

<b>So, it's Auntie Patricia</b>

<b>that is the boss</b>

<b>and Amahdu</b>

<b>that is a childhood friend</b>

<b>to Michelle Kavachi.</b>

<b>So, Auntie, tell me about suya.</b>

<b>Where does suya come from</b>

<b>in Nigeria?</b>

<b>-Uh, originally</b>

<b>from the Northern Nigeria.</b>

<b>-A lot of Nigeria</b>

<b>is a Christian country,</b>

<b>but the northern part is Muslim.</b>

<b>That's where Abuja</b>

<b>is the capital.</b>

<b>And now in the Hausa region,</b>

<b>the Hausa tribe,</b>

<b>and that's where</b>

<b>suya comes from.</b>

<b>And who taught you</b>

<b>how to make suya?</b>

<b>-Nobody taught me.</b>

<b>In the north,</b>

<b>any cooking done by women,</b>

<b>but when it comes to the suya,</b>

<b>the suya is done by men.</b>

<b>-Oh, wow.</b>


<b>-I didn't know that.</b>


<b>-What is the spice rub</b>

<b>that you put on top of suya?</b>

<b>-What is kuli-kuli?</b>

<b>-Uh, I don't know how to</b>

<b>explain it in English,</b>

<b>but that is the --</b>

<b>-That is the secret!</b>

<b>I love it!</b>

<b>She's like, "I don't know."</b>

<b>Ah, she's very smart.</b>

<b>-[ Laughs ]</b>

<b>-Here. This is what</b>

<b>I'm talking about.</b>

<b>Here is the secret sauce.</b>

<b>Here it is.</b>

<b>Where are you going?</b>

<b>[ Laughter ]</b>

<b>-So, now you...</b>

<b>-Whoa, whoa, whoa.</b>

<b>What do we have in here?</b>

<b>-That is, um -- I --</b>

<b>I can't explain it, okay?</b>

<b>[ Laughter ]</b>

<b>It's all -- You just take this.</b>


<b>-Ah-ha. Then use red paint.</b>

<b>-Yeah. We're gonna call it</b>

<b>"red paint."</b>

<b>-Yes, we call it "red paint."</b>


<b>It smells too good</b>

<b>to be "red paint," though.</b>

<b>-Yes. [ Laughs ]</b>

<b>-And then we put it</b>

<b>on the grill?</b>

<b>-Yeah, we put it on the grill</b>

<b>when it's ready.</b>

<b>-Nice. It smells good.</b>


<b>-Like all African countries,</b>

<b>Nigeria is many different tribes</b>

<b>with many different opinions.</b>


<b>-But a dish like suya</b>

<b>brings all Nigerians together.</b>

<b>-This is the general food</b>

<b>that combine the country</b>

<b>together -- suya.</b>

<b>Everybody eat this here.</b>

<b>-And you see your boys.</b>

<b>-Yes. I'm with them every day.</b>





<b>-This looks great.</b>

<b>I want to try a chicken one.</b>

<b>So, what is the tomato</b>

<b>and onion for?</b>

<b>-The tomato and onions</b>

<b>take away the spice</b>

<b>because, you know, some people</b>

<b>don't eat spicy food.</b>


<b>-So, like, mine is mild here.</b>

<b>-So, Amahdu</b>

<b>doesn't eat spicy food.</b>


<b>-What do you mean?</b>

<b>He's not Nigerian?</b>

<b>-No, he is.</b>

<b>[ Laughter ]</b>

<b>-So, did you grow up here</b>

<b>or you grew up in Nigeria?</b>

<b>-No, I was born in Nigeria.</b>


<b>-And then I came here</b>

<b>when I was about 14.</b>

<b>-And what about you?</b>

<b>-I was 18.</b>



<b>-How can it be --</b>

<b>He was 18, you were 16.</b>

<b>You kept your pidgin English,</b>

<b>but he's, like, got</b>

<b>the Southern English going on.</b>

<b>-It's because when I was a kid,</b>

<b>I watched a lot of cartoons.</b>

<b>I was prepping for America.</b>

<b>-You were prepping at home?</b>


<b>-No, pidgin is something</b>

<b>you got to hold onto.</b>

<b>That is its own thing.</b>

<b>-I mean, I love that language.</b>

<b>-To be honest,</b>

<b>I don't want to --</b>

<b>I don't want to lose</b>

<b>my -- my language.</b>

<b>-No. keep it.</b>

<b>It was introduced in America</b>

<b>by Hakeem Olajuwon.</b>


<b>-And we're keeping it.</b>

<b>You can't be in Houston and</b>

<b>don't bring up Hakeem Olajuwon,</b>

<b>one of the first</b>

<b>mainstream athletes</b>

<b>that broke from Africa</b>

<b>into American culture.</b>

<b>He didn't shy away</b>

<b>from being African.</b>

<b>He didn't shy away</b>

<b>from being a Muslim.</b>

<b>He really is like,</b>

<b>"I'm gonna own this,</b>

<b>and I'm gonna bring people</b>

<b>with me on this journey."</b>

<b>-Yes, and Olajuwon, he changed,</b>

<b>like, African culture, like...</b>

<b>-Yeah. In what way?</b>

<b>-'Cause he was proud</b>

<b>of being Nigerian.</b>

<b>-He motivate more people</b>

<b>to even come --</b>

<b>to move to Houston.</b>

<b>That's why</b>

<b>they give him a statue.</b>

<b>-You know, there's obviously</b>


<b>and then there's people like us</b>

<b>that are African and American.</b>


<b>-That tiny little "and"</b>

<b>can be beautiful</b>

<b>because that's a culture window</b>

<b>into differences.</b>


<b>-It's gifts on both ends.</b>

<b>-It's a blessing.</b>

<b>-Yeah, definitely.</b>

<b>-A blessing.</b>

<b>-You know what? I understand.</b>

<b>This is the best suya</b>

<b>in Houston.</b>

<b>This is so good,</b>

<b>and I've made a mess.</b>

<b>Thank you so much.</b>

<b>It was fantastic.</b>

<b>-Thank you for coming.</b>

<b>Thank you.</b>

<b>-And thank you for showing us.</b>

<b>-I appreciate you.</b>

<b>-And I got to say,</b>

<b>that's the flyest chef jacket</b>

<b>I've ever seen,</b>

<b>ever, ever, ever.</b>

<b>You shut it down.</b>