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Chin Chin are a traditional Nigerian deep-fried snack made with flour, butter, milk and nutmeg.

3 people made this

IngredientsServes: 8

  • 1kg plain flour
  • 275g butter, at room temperature
  • 2 teaspoons ground nutmeg
  • 150ml milk
  • 250ml vegetable oil for frying

MethodPrep:15min ›Cook:3min ›Ready in:18min

  1. Mix flour, butter and nutmeg together in a large bowl until well incorporated. Stir in milk until dough comes together.
  2. Roll dough 1/2cm thick on a floured work surface and cut into small pieces.
  3. Heat oil in a deep-fat fryer or large saucepan until it reaches 175 C / 350 F. Fry dough pieces in batches until they turn golden brown and float to the surface, 3 to 5 minutes.

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How To Make Crunchy Chin Chin (Fried & Baked Recipe Versions)

If you like snacking on Chin Chin a lot or have a party or wedding to cater to, you’ll be happy to know that it’s very easy and quick to make, and requires a few cheap ingredients that you may already have in your kitchen. This post will show you how to make soft crunchy Chin Chin at home.

Chin Chin is a popular Nigerian street snack and a favourite party/ wedding small chops. This crunchy fried snack also makes a delicious tea-time and lunch snack. It’s a light-weight snack perfect for nibbling any time of the day.

So, if you’re ready to learn how to mane Chin Chin at home, swipe or scroll down and let’s get down to it.

Start with the video tutorial below and then scroll down for extra tips including how to preserve fried Chin Chin, ingredient-measurements to make a party-size batch (or for sale), secrets to making Chin Chin soft, crispy and crunchy and what to do if your oil is foaming when frying Chin Chin.

First, check out the video below showing how to make perfect Chin Chin, even if you’ve never made any snack before.

*An ingredients list with measurements when using different quantities of flour are provided (down below) before the end of this post, including chin chin recipe for 1 cup or 100 grams of flour, chin chin recipe for 1 kilo of flour and more.


  • Mixing bowl
  • Spatula or wooden spoon
  • Cutting board or Pastry board or a flat space to roll the dough
  • Rolling pin
  • Knife or pizza cutter or deep pot for frying to sieve and scoop out fried chin chin from hot oil.
  • Colander or bowl lined with kitchen napkins – to drain off excess oil from fried chin chin
  • Optional: a frying basket

Ingredients for making Chin Chin: Flour, sugar, baking powder, milk, butter, egg, flavour (nutmeg, cinnamon or vanilla extract), Water


Nigerian Chin Chin Recipes

The ingredient includes wheat flour, sugar, a pinch of salt, baking powder, butter, egg, milk, water and oil.

Below is a standard measurement for a smaller quantity of chin chin, depending on the quantity you wish to make.

1. 500g All purpose wheat flour

4. 1 ⁄ 2 teaspoon baking powder

7. 150ml Liquid milk or 2 tp dry milk

Note: You can increase the quantity of the aforementioned ingredient as desired.

Nigerian Chin Chin Recipe: How To Make Crunchy Chin Chin, Naija Cookies

Welcome to the 4th episode of Naija Kitchen.

Today we’ll be learning how to make a very popular and delicious Nigerian snack called Chin Chin.

Depending on how you make it, it is very easy to prepare and could be soft or hard.

Now let’s go into the kitchen

To make crunchy chin chin, you will need the following ingredients

  1. For this tutorial, you will need 4 cups of all purpose flour or wheat flour
  2. 150g of Margarine or Butter
  3. 150g Granulated sugar
  4. Half cup of milk
  5. 3 Eggs… you can add more depending on how soft you want it.
  6. One tablespoon of Flavour essence or Vanilla
  7. 1/4 tablespoon of salt to taste
  8. Vegetable oil to fry


STEP 1: Mix the flour, sugar, butter/margarine in a bowl. Mix it thoroughly till it looks like bread crumb.

Note: if you have a flour mixer, you might as well combine steps 1,2 and 3. But for now let’s assume, the mixer is not available.

STEP 2: Pour the eggs into the mixture in step 1

STEP 3: Pour the milk inside the mixture in step 2 and mix until it is elastic like the dough below

STEP 4: Use flour to rub a clean board and rolling pin as seen below and pluck a chunk of the dough. Place the dough on the board and roll out

STEP 5: Cut the dough into any shape you want and place the cut outs into a bowl. You can fold the unused cutouts back into the unused dough, Knead and repeat the process till the whole dough is used up.

STEP 6 : Warm the cooking oil and test fry one of the chopped sample above

Once the oil shows readiness, pour them in little by little

Note : please do not overcrowd the frying pan… this is to prevent the chin chin from sticking together.

Step 7 : The chin chin is ready once it turns golden brown. Once you finish frying, allow it to cool in a flat tray lined with paper towel as illustrated below

Step 8 : Serve or store in an airtight container for preservation.

Nigerian Chin Chin recipe

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 &lsquochin chin&rsquo 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&rsquos time to fry 🙂

Prep Steps

  1. In one bowl, combine the dry ingredients Flour, sugar, baking powder and the nutmeg. Stir thoroughly.

Note: The baking powder is optional. However, it lightens the texture. Nutmeg is also optional, but adds an amazing flavor.

Chin Chin dry ingredients

Note: This cutting style is only a suggestion. You can cut the rolled dough into whatever shape your imagination leads you 🙂

Fry the chin chin

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To make the best Nigerian Chin Chin


  • 4 cups All-purpose flour
  • 3 tablespoons granulated sugar
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 2 1/2 tablespoons margarine
  • 4 medium eggs
  • Enough vegetable oil for deep frying


  1. Sift the flour into a dry bowl, add powdered milk flavor, sugar, salt, ground cinnamon and mix very well.
  2. Add the margarine and rub it in the flour
  3. Add the egg one to two at a time mix till you get a non-sticky dough
  4. Transfer the chin chin dough on a flat surface and knead for 5 to 7 minutes
  5. Divide the dough, spread with a rolling pin
  6. Cut into shapes and sizes of choice
  7. Heat up the vegetable oil, add the chin chin dough, stir at intervals and fry until golden brown.
  8. Transfer to a paper towel to drain excess oil, leave to cool completely and transfer into an airtight container.

Hope this post was helpful? Leave a comment below to share your thoughts.

Also watch the practical video below on how to make this super best Nigerian chin chin.

Video Recipe

1 -  In a large bowl, add the flour, sugar, nutmeg and mix well.

2 -  Rub the butter in until it mixes well with the flour and suger mixture.

3 -  Stir in the egg, milk and mix well. Knead the dough until smooth.

- Dust your coating board with flour and place int the dough.

5 -  Roll out the dough and flatten it. Cut the dough into little squares, each square about ½ inches by ½ inch.

6 -  Heat the vegetable oil until very hot and drop a few handfuls of the squares dough. Fry until until golden brown. Make sure to stir occasionally to prevent it from sticking together.

7 -  Remove and place on a paper towel to absorb the excess oil.


  • ½ tier flour
  • 250ml of sugar
  • 200ml of Powdered milk
  • ½ tsp of baking powder
  • 250g of butter
  • Vegetable oil

To all my practical lovers, the video below is for you:

Add 400ml of water to it and mix well.

Set aside and allow to completely dissolve.

Sieve the flour in a suitable bowl.

Fetch a little of the flour and set aside to use when flattening the dough.

Add the butter to the flour and mix.

Add the baking powder and continue mixing.

Add the mixture of sugar and milk. Add half of the mixture at first to avoid adding too much water.

Mix well till it forms a dough. The dough should be firm and not sticky.

Get a wide tray, turn it upside down (if you don’t have a flat surface to use) and sprinkle some flour on it to avoid the dough sticking.

Cut the dough in small batch and knead.

Roll the dough with a rolling pin till the dough is flattened

Use a knife to cut the flattened dough in straight line.

Continue the process until the dough is finished.

Add the vegetable oil in a frying pan and set on heat to get hot. Add the cut chin chin when hot.

Mix with time to avoid burning on one side.

Pack out of the oil when all golden brown. Allow to cool down before serving with drink of choice.

Enjoy and be back for more Nigerian Food recipes.

Don’t forget to share with family and friends on Facebook and Instagram.

Baked Chin Chin Recipe

Chin Chin Recipe (Oven)

This is a healthier version, rather than deep fry, you can bake.



Cuisine :

8 people

Prep Time
10 Min

Total Time
50 Min

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