Baked Nigerian Chin Chin

Enjoy oil-free African snacks with easy, delicious, and crunchy Baked Nigerian Chin Chin!

The Chin Chin is a popular Nigerian delicacy that you can make from deep frying dough until golden brown, crispy, and tasty. It is also called “achomo” in Ghana, “croquette” in Cameroon, and “atchomon” in Togo and the Benin Republic.

Instead of cooking it in oil, you can bake it and still get its signature flaky and crunchy texture. It’s surely going to be a family favorite during celebrations, weekends, and parties!

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Baking Chin Chin is the perfect alternative to deep frying it. You can pop it in the oven and wait until they’re crispy enough to make a snack. Cook the Baked Nigerian Chin Chin now and experience how good it is later!

How to Make Baked Nigerian Chin Chin

If you loved the classic Chin Chin, then you will appreciate the Baked Nigerian Chin Chin. You can still snack on these treats but this time, you won’t need any oil at all. No need to feel guilty about it because it’s absolutely oil-free!

Let me teach you how you can make it at home.

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Ingredients

Everything you need to make Baked Nigerian Chin Chin is here! 

Plain flour

Any chin chin recipe starts with plain flour. It’s the main ingredient that distributes everything together for crunchy and tasty results. Moreover, it allows the dough to be kneaded, molded, and sliced.

With the flour, you can also give the chin chin a light and fluffy quality at every bite. I also use plain flour to bake Banana Bread, Chicken Pie, and even Chicken Pizza!

Milo

Give the chin chin the best chocolate flavor by adding Milo! It’s a popular powdered chocolate that’s usually used for drinks, but you can now add it to your favorite baked goods.

You can also use milo whenever you want to cook Chocolate Pancakes and Dark Chocolate too! The kids will surely love chin chin infused with chocolatey flavor.

Seasoning

Get the best chin chin quality by seasoning the dough with sugar, nutmeg, and sea salt. These spices can balance the taste of the dish for a well-rounded flavor. Don’t worry, these will also go well with the milo flavor.

Use these seasonings in moderation to avoid any overpowering flavors.

Powdered milk

Loving the chin chin recipe already? Wait until you mix in the powdered milk. It adds a richer flavor and better texture because it complements the milo and plain flour.

In fact, powdered milk can give the dish a more colorful appearance. Did you know that you can also use powdered milk for Pizza Dough?

Egg

Don’t forget to add the egg. It binds the ingredients for the right preparation of the dough. The egg also has a leavening potential that allows the chin chin to expand as it bakes.

It also makes the dough easier to handle too. Moreover, it can make the dish light on the inside! 

Salted butter

Salted butter adds flavor and can preserve the Chin Chin longer. This also becomes tastier after it is melted with the seasoning, milo, and powdered milk. Once you baked it, the butter will give the dish a pleasant flavor.

You can also expect that the salted butter can give a better golden brown color to the Chin Chin!

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Can you believe that these are all you need to make Baked Nigerian Chin Chin? Buy these on your next trip to the grocery store and you can make your own batch to share with everyone!

Directions

Come and bake your heart out with the Baked Nigerian Chin Chin recipe!

  1. Filter the plain flour with a sieve.
  2. In a glass bowl, mix the flour, sugar, nutmeg, sea salt, powdered milk, and milo with a spatula.
  3. Make a well in the middle to put the egg, salted butter, and water. 
  4. Knead the batter with your hands until it turns into dough. 
  5. Use a dough cutter to slice the dough into half. 
  6. Press the dough with your hand and roll it out with a rolling pin
  7. Then, use a pizza cutter or knife to slice it to your preferred shape and size. 
  8. Arrange the dough pieces on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  9. Place it in a preheated oven at 150°C for 13 minutes. 
  10. Then, allow it to cool. 
  11. Finally, transfer them into a glass jar to store! 

Let me know how your Baked Nigerian Chin Chin turned out! Is it as crunchy and tasty as you expected it to be? It is certainly one of my favorite baking recipes

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Tips

Storing baking ingredients

Part of making the best-baked goods is making sure you have the right ingredients. Here are some tips on how you can store them properly:

  • Keep the dry ingredients like plain flour and seasoning at room temperature. 
  • Then, place them in an area away from sunlight and heat. 
  • Store the eggs in their original carton and refrigerate. 
  • Refrigerate the salted butter. Soften it at room temperature for a few hours before baking. 

Making chin chin dough

Get the right flavor and texture by preparing the dough properly. Check out these ways how you can make the best dough:

  • Season the dough with sugar, sea salt, nutmeg, and other spices for extra flavor. 
  • Knead it with your hands or a stand mixer.
  • Use your measuring cups and spoons for the ingredients.
  • Once kneaded, the dough should not be sticky.
  • Always check if the dough is ready. Apply pressure, and if it bounces back, then it is ready for use.

Storing leftover chin chin dough

  • Freeze the dough in a freezer bag or airtight container.
  • Use it within two days for the best results.
  • If you want to deep fry the chin chin, then I suggest freezing the chin chin dough.
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Baked Nigerian Chin Chin Variations

How else can you make Baked Nigerian Chin Chin interesting and fun?

You can bake the classic chin chin recipe or other variants like beetroot and coconut! In addition, other spices for this dish include cinnamon, orange zest, and your preferred seasoning. 

Use alternative ingredients for your dietary needs. There are also vegan and gluten-free substitutes you can use for this recipe.

For instance, plain flour can be replaced with oat flour, almond flour, or other vegan and gluten-free flour options. There are also egg substitutes you can try for egg-free treats.

Meanwhile, you can replace the Milo with cocoa or other powdered chocolates that can be used for baking. In fact, you can use more powdered milk for a creamier and milkier quality.

Aside from baking, the chin chin can also be deep-fried. Use oil with a high smoke point to retain flavor and nutrients. Otherwise, air-fry the chin chin at 180°C for 18 minutes in batches. 

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How to Serve Baked Nigerian Chin Chin

It’s time to serve the Baked Nigerian Chin Chin!

I love serving the Chin Chin as a snack, appetizer, or side dish. You can also enjoy this as cereal by mixing it with Chocolate Almond Milk for a quick breakfast! It’s the perfect dish to serve to kids and even adults.

It is certainly better than buying processed chips. If you love it for brunch, then I suggest trying it with the following dishes:

Here are also some of the best drinks to enjoy with Baked Nigerian Chin Chin:

Storage Tips

  • At room temperature: Store the Baked Nigerian Chin Chin in a glass jar at room temperature for several days or weeks.
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make ahead

  • In the fridge: Put the chin chin in a resealable bag and refrigerate for a few weeks. However, remember that it might get soggy in the fridge.
  • To freeze: Keep chin chin in a freezer bag to freeze for about three months.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is the Nigerian snack chin chin made of?

To make Nigerian Chin Chin, you need flour, sugar, nutmeg, sea salt, powdered milk, salted butter, and water. You can make other flavors of the Chin Chin by adding milo, beetroots, or coconuts to the batter.

How long does chin chin last?

At room temperature, the Chin Chin can last up to several days or even a week. You can also keep it in the fridge for a few weeks or in the freezer for about three months. I suggest keeping the Chin Chin dough in the fridge for months, too.

Why is my chin chin not crunchy?

Make the Chin Chin crunchy with the help of butter and eggs. These fats can improve the gluten network to let the dough rice for a crunchy texture. You should also check if the oil is hot enough before frying the dough.

Can I use yeast instead of baking powder for Chin Chin?

Yes, you can use baking powder instead of yeast. In fact, using yeast can extend the time that the dough needs to rise. The baking powder is a quicker way of giving the dough the rise that it needs in just minutes.

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Baked Chin Chin (VIDEO)

5 from 1 vote
Baked Nigerian Chin Chin is a healthy, crunchy, and seriously delicious African snack. It's easy to make, enjoyable to eat, and seriously addictive to the last piece!
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 13 minutes
Total Time 28 minutes
Servings 15
Course Snack
Cuisine African, Nigerian
Calories 273kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • 3 cup  plain flour (or all-purpose flour)
  • 1 cup milo (chocolate powder)
  •  ⅓  cup sugar  (or honey)
  • 1 tbsp nutmeg
  • ½ tsp sea salt
  •  7  tbsp powdered milk
  • 1 eggs
  • 4 tbsp salted butter
  • ½ cup water (or 7 tbsp of water)

Instructions
 

  • Filter the plain flour with a fine mesh sieve.
  • Mix the flour, sugar, nutmeg, sea salt, powdered milk, and milo in a glass bowl with a silicone spatula.
  • Make a well in the middle to put the egg, salted butter, and water. 
  • Knead the batter with your hands until it turns into dough.
  • Use a dough cutter to slice the dough into half.
  • Press the dough with your hand and roll it out with a rolling pin.
  •  Then, use a pizza cutter or knife to slice it to your preferred shape and size.
  • Arrange the dough pieces on a baking tray lined with parchment paper.
  • Place it in a preheated oven at 150°C for 13 minutes.
  • Then, allow it to cool. Finally, transfer them into a glass jar to store!

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Notes

  • The chin chin dough should not feel sticky. 
  • Check if the oil is hot enough before deep frying. 
  • Let the chin chin cool before serving for an extra crispy texture.

Nutrition

Serving: 1 (of 15)Calories: 273kcalCarbohydrates: 48gProtein: 7gFat: 6gSaturated Fat: 4gPolyunsaturated Fat: 0.4gMonounsaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 24mgSodium: 188mgPotassium: 104mgFiber: 2gSugar: 11gVitamin A: 145IUVitamin C: 0.3mgCalcium: 51mgIron: 2mg
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