Try this unique foray into Nigerian-Italian fusion by Nma Jewel Okpara, the founder of the food blog, the Nigerian Lazy Chef. Suya is kebab, marinated in a special mixture of spices called Yaji. Suya is a popular Nigerian street food, but is also enjoyed by people in other parts of West Africa. The Nigerian Lazy Chef revitalizes traditional pizza sauce with yaji flavorings and tops her delicious thin crust pizza with chicken suya. For more of Chef Nma Jewel’s recipes, check out her blog.
For the dough:
- 2½ cups of all purpose flour
- 1½ tsp yeast (use 1¾tsp baking powder if you choose)
- 1 tbsp of olive oil
- ½ tsp of nutmeg
- 1 tsp sugar
- 2 tsps of live oil to brush dough
- ¾ cups of warm water
For the pizza sauce: (alternatively use 1-2 cups of Nigerian stew)
- 1 small red bell pepper
- 4 plum tomatoes
- 1 small habanero or ata-rodo
- 1 garlic clove
- 1 small onion
- 1 cooking spoon of olive oil
- salt to taste
For the topping:
- 1 diced or sliced green pepper (optional)
- 1 small sized onion (diced or sliced)
- 2 plum tomatoes (sliced)
- 1 tbsp yaji seasoning
- about 1½ cup of cheese
For the chicken:
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breast
- 1½ tbsps of yaji powder
- 1 tsp of dry grinded chili pepper (optional)
- 1-3 tbsps of peanut oil (you may use any cooking oil available to you)
- salt to season
- 1 tbsp butter
For the dough:
To form the dough, mix all the dry ingredients and mix in the water and the oil. If dough ends up too hard, add some water sparingly to soften. If dough ends up too soft add some sprinkles of flour to smoothen. Brush the dough with a tsp of oil and cover in a bowl in a slightly warm place for about an hour.
To make sauce:
Blend tomatoes, onion, garlic clove, red bell pepper, and ata-rodo. Heat one cooking spoon of olive oil in a sauce pan, pour the blended ingredients into the pot of oil. Season and fry on medium to low heat until the oil floats to the top, then set aside.
For the chicken:
Wash and pat the chicken dry. Season with salt and set aside for a few minutes. Mix all the ingredients for the chicken with the oil (except 1 tbsp of oil and 1 tbsp of butter). Let it marinate for 20 minutes to an hour. Heat the tbsp of oil and tbsp of butter in a pan and sear the sides of the chicken until they are slightly golden brown; then finish off in the oven at 350 degrees. If you do not have an oven, you can use your stove stop and sear on medium heat until cooked through. (Let the cooked chicken rest for about 10 minutes to keep it from losing its juices when cut; then chop or cut it into bite sized pieces.) Toss the chopped chicken with the pizza toppings and set aside.
To make pizza:
After an hour, punch down the dough which must have doubled in size. Preheat the oven to 400 degrees. Knead the dough lightly on a slightly floured work top for about five minutes and flatten with a rolling pin and your hands. Using a brush, brush the remaining 1 tsp of olive oil onto the sides of the now flattened pizza dough. With a ladle spread the cooked sauce onto the pizza dough and spread the toppings on to the pizza. Bake in the oven at 400 degrees for 8-15 minutes, or until cooked through.
You may use beef if you would prefer. If you are part of the #Fitfam, you may use wheat or white wheat flour. For vegans and vegetarians, you may use tofu for chicken or just toss your choice of vegetables with some yaji powder and voila!