Chin Chin, the popular African snack

Chin Chin

Chin Chin is a delicious crunchy African snack. It is very popular in some African countries like Cameroon, Ghana, and Nigeria. This is an excellent snack for festive occasions like Christmas, birthdays, and other celebrations.

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How is this African snack done?

When you follow the instructions below until you get a dough, you can now form balls either with your fingers or with a pizza cutter. For this recipe, I present the method with the pizza cutter because it is faster.

After the cutting, you can now fry or bake them. When frying, you should use a large frying pot because the oil may bubble up and spill over during frying. It is also advisable to change the oil after each frying batch. When baking, space out the chin chin over a baking tray and brush them with oil. Then bake them at 150°C for about 50-60 mins until they are yellowish-brown. Meanwhile, roll them over so that each side can bake.

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chin chin

Chin Chin

Chin Chin is a delicious African snack. It is very addictive, when you start you don't want to stop. This snack goes very well with roasted peanuts and a cup of tea or coffee.
Prep Time 40 minutes
Cook Time 30 minutes
Total Time 1 hour 10 minutes
Course Snack
Cuisine African
Servings 10 people


  • 500 g plain flour
  • 1 tsp baking powder
  • 100 g sugar
  • 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp nutmeg
  • 1 lime zest
  • 80 g butter
  • 2 eggs
  • 50 ml milk
  • frying oil


  • Combine all the dry ingredients in a bowl: flour, baking powder, sugar, salt, lime zest, and nutmeg.
  • Add the butter and rub the butter in with the mixture until you get a homogeneous mixture.
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  • Make a hole in the mixture and add the beaten eggs and milk.
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  • Mix with washed hands, if the mixture is too sticky, add a little flour.
  • Share the dough into two parts. Cover it and let it rest for at least 30 minutes. Then, place one dough on a work surface (sprinkle the surface with flour to prevent sticking) and flatten it using a rolling pin.
  • Then cut the dough across vertically and horizontally to form square shapes with a pizza cutter.
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  • Heat the oil to a high temperature. Fry the first batch of Chin Chin while stirring to prevent them from sticking. When they are golden, remove them and drain them on absorbent paper.



  1. In this recipe, I am using less sugar, but if you like your Chin Chin sweeter, you can add the amount of sugar.
  2. If you don’t like nutmeg you can remove it or replace it with another flavour of your choice.
  3. Do not overcrowd the Chin Chin in the oil when frying or in the baking tray when baking.
Keyword croquettes

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