Nigerian Chin Chin recipe

Nigerian Chin Chin recipe




1 hr


30 min


All Purpose Flour 4 cups
Sugar 1/2 cup or 125g
Butter 1/2 cup or 113g
Baking powder [optional] 1/4 tsp
Eggs 1 large
Whole Milk 3/4 cup
Nutmeg [optional] 1tsp ground or 1/2 grated nutmeg

I have an emotional connection with chin chin. This was one of the first things I learnt to make. As I mentioned in this post about diabetes, my grandma and I would make chin chin on several occasions after I got back from school in the afternoons.

This is a relatively simple recipe. All the ingredients are simply mixed together. Cutting the dough to ‘chin chin’ size is the most time-consuming part. However, the options are literally unlimited. If you have kids and would like to get them learning in the kitchen, this is a good recipe to start with. Just to make sure to have them at a distance when it’s time to fry 🙂

So, let’s get started.

Prep Steps

  1. In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients; Flour, sugar, baking powder and the nutmeg. Stir thoroughly.
  2. Note: The baking powder is optional. However, it lightens the texture. Nutmeg is also optional, but adds an amazing flavor.

    Chin Chin dry ingredients

    Chin Chin dry ingredients

  3. Next, slice in the butter. (It should be cold and solid). We will combine the dry ingredients and the butter using the technique shown here.
  4. In a separate bowl, mix/whisk the milk and the egg together.
  5. whisking milk and eggs

    whisking milk and eggs

  6. Using your hands, or a dough mixer, combine the dry ingredients & butter, and the egg/milk mix.
  7. Making the dough

    Making the dough

  8. Once the dough is formed, flour your pastry board and roll out the dough until it is flat.
  9. Using a knife covered in flour, cut the dough horizontally and vertically to form little squares. Ensure to flour both sides of the rolled dough to prevent the squares from sticking together.
  10. Note: This cutting style is only a suggestion. You can cut the rolled dough into whatever shape your imagination leads you 🙂

    Cut chin chin dough

    Cutting the dough

Fry the chin chin

  1. Deep fry the cut dough squares until golden brown.
  2. Frying chin chin

    Frying chin chin

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