Today I will be sharing a recipe for Whole30/Paleo Chicken Kebabs, Ghanaian Style (Kyinkyinga). It is considered street food in some West African countries, in Ghana we call it Kyinkyinga. I have a recipe in the archives for the Ghanaian Beef Kebabs, but since there are a lot of people who don’t eat red meat, I made this chicken version with them in mind. Though the recipe is usually made with goat meat or beef Kebabs. They are usually drenched in ground peanuts, peppers, and other spices. Often enjoyed with soft drinks like Fanta, or Guinness, and Heineken. Kyingkyingga is found in most chop bars(neighborhood restaurants). It can also be found at most parties and other events. Spice level varies depending on how much pepper is used. It has been a favorite of mine since childhood, but don’t eat it very much for dietary reasons. That is why it was important to create this recipe. This recipe is a Whole30 and Paleo version.
This version removes one of the main ingredients which is Peanuts. Peanuts have been identified as one of the culprits that can cause inflammation, thereby causing autoimmune disease. Peanuts contain a sticky protein called lectins. Lectins are hard for us to digest, thereby sticking to your intestines and creating havoc (Palmer Kippola). In this recipe, I replace the peanuts with cashews. Cashews are rich in protein and other nutrients and have some other useful health benefits as far as bone strength, weight loss, healthy skin and hair, eye, skin, and antioxidants. (Med News Today.
The other part of this is that it is made with chicken. I chose to use chicken thighs because they are juicier than chicken breasts. Chicken breasts tend to dry out a lot quicker. The kebabs are baked in the oven. The recipe with beef was made on the grill.
The kebabs can be dipped in a cilantro cashew dipping sauce or my coconut cream tzatziki sauce. Really any dipping sauce that you love can work. it is all about what tastes good to you. As I like to say, you are willing to challenge your palate and try something different. Please rate and comment. Follow me on Instagram and tag your friends.