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Savory West African Chips

Savory West African Chips

This simple recipe is on our snack rotation because we can whip it up in no time, it’s a crowd-pleaser, and it’s hard to resist a crunch like that. These chips satisfy those waiting-on-dinner-to-finish-cooking munchies. Spiced with nutmeg and onion, this chip is a unique bite of flavor.

Lois of Voila Afrique shares her nostalgic recipe of a popular West African snack often called chin chin.

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Savory West African Chips

  • Author: Voila Afrique
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 7 minutes
  • Total Time: 22 minutes
  • Cuisine: West Africa


 A popular West African snack that can be enjoyed alone or with spiced peanuts.



400 grams of all-purpose flour

1/2 teaspoon of nutmeg

1/2 teaspoon of sugar

1/2 teaspoon of salt

70 grams of butter at room temperature

1 ½  teaspoon of blended onions

200 ml of water


  1. In a large mixing bowl, mix together 400 grams of flour, 1 teaspoon of nutmeg, 1 teaspoon of sugar, and 1 teaspoon of salt
  2. Add the butter at room temperature till the mixture becomes crumbly. (Adviseable to rub it together with your palms)
  3. Add 1 ½  teaspoon of blended onions
  4. Make a well at the center, and gradually pour in the water whilst mixing until a dough forms
  5. Turn dough out onto a clean, floured work surface. Use a rolling pin to roll out thinly into a rectangle
  6. Use a knife to cut into stripes
  7. Deep fry in oil for 6 minutes until golden
  8. Let cool and serve


Blended onions can be substituted with onion powder
Vegan and non-vegan butter can be used


  • Serving Size: 5

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