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Ghanaian Fried Chicken Recipe

Ghanaian fried chicken may not be the best in terms of looks but the taste is definitely worth the try.

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In this article, we discuss about how you can make simple chicken seasoning or chicken spices at home and also answer some popular questions about cooking chicken with natural spices. We also present the full Ghanaian fried chicken recipe.

Ingredients for Steaming Chicken in Ghana

There are several ingredients that can be used to steam chicken in Ghana or even outside Ghana. It depends on whether that ingredient is available and affordable. Some people include rosemary, cumin, cinnamon, oregano, thyme, anise and cloves.

Other more readily available ingredients for steaming chicken in Ghana are ginger, garlic, onion, cayenne, black pepper, thyme and rosemary. You can find these ingredients very easily on the open markets or in supermarkets in Ghana

How to Make a Simple Chicken Season

When it happens that you don’t have all that there is to make the Michelin restaurant kind of seasoning for your chicken, you can still have that chicken soup you crave. You can make your simple chicken spices or seasoning with ginger, onion, cayenne, garlic, West African black pepper and salt. You can use black pepper instead of West African black pepper.

These are the measures of the ingredients you need for a simple chicken seasoning. For 0.5kg of chicken, you need

  • 1 tbsp ginger
  • 4 tbsp onion
  • 1tsp garlic
  • 1/2 tbsp cayenne
  • 1/2tspn West African black pepper
  • salt to taste

These are the most basic ingredients to give your chicken that perfect taste. You can adjust the amount of ingredients to your taste. If you have other spices like rosemary, you are can use them.

The West African black pepper in the dried form is really hard so you would have to grind it separately first, before blending it together with the other ingredients. If you get it in the fresh form, you can go straight ahead and blend it together with the other ingredients. This mix gives you simple natural chicken spices. You can’t go wrong with it.

You might be wondering if you could add msg. We subscribe very much to natural food, however, if you want to add msg, there is absolutely nothing wrong with it. But before then, we suggest you check out this article we wrote about msg. We spent a good amount of time researching it and we believe you would find it very useful.

Suggested reading: Umami – the fifth taste

How to Spice Chicken for Frying

There are tons of ways of spicing chicken for frying. How you do it depends on the result you want. Since we are talking about Ghanaian fried chicken recipe, we would limit ourselves to just that. Check out the recipe below

Ghanaian Fried Chicken Recipe

Ghanaian fried chicken
5 from 2 votes

Ghanaian fried chicken

Hot spicy fried chicken you can have for lunch or dinner. This is the authentic Ghanaian way, very healthy and loaded with lots of spices
Prep Time5 minutes
Active Time10 minutes
Cooking Time40 minutes
Total Time55 minutes
Cuisine: Ghanaian
Keyword: Ghanaian cuisine, Ghanaian food, Spicy chicken recipe
Yield: 2 adults


  • 1 Wooden ladle
  • 1 Perforated spoon
  • 1 Saucepan with lid
  • 1 Deep frying pan
  • 1 Kitchen bowl


  • 0.5 kg Chicken thigh any part of the chicken is fine except the breast
  • 3 tbsp Jala Spice Mix for Chicken check the simple chicken spice recipe above if you don't have Jala Spice Mix for Chicken
  • 1 tsp Salt you can also use enough to taste
  • 1/2 cup Water
  • 2 cup Vegetable oil


Ingredient preparation

  • Put chicken thigh at room temperature into a kitchen bowl
    0.5 kg Chicken thigh
  • Add enough water to cover, wash well and drain the water away
  • Repeat step two above again
  • Transfer the washed chicken into the saucepan
  • Add 3tbsp of Jala Spice Mix for Chicken to the fresh chicken in the saucepan
    3 tbsp Jala Spice Mix for Chicken
  • Add in the salt and water
    1 tsp Salt, 1/2 cup Water
  • Stir with the ladle to incorporate the seasoning and cover


  • Put the fresh seasoned chicken on fire on medium heat
  • Let it simmer for 10mins and take it off the fire
  • Use the perforated spoon to take the chicken from the stock and place in a colander to drain well
  • Put the deep fryer on a slightly high heat and add in the vegetable oil
    2 cup Vegetable oil
  • Throw a piece of onion into the oil. Once it turns brown, remove it
  • Pick the steamed chicken with the perforated ladle and gently drop it in the hot oil
  • Don't overcrowd the deep fryer.
  • Let the chicken fry on one side for 5mins and turn for the other sides to also fry
  • Turn each chicken piece from time to time until all turns golden brown
  • If you want a crispy chicken, get the heat to medium and turn chicken frequently even after turning golden brown
  • When done to your desired consistency, remove it from the oil and place onto a paper towl for the residual oil to be soaked off
  • Fry other batches if there are any left


Add in some cayenne and fresh ginger paste for that extra kick if you prefer it really hot and spicy.

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