• Peanut Brittle

    INGREDIENTS

    • Unsalted butter, softened, for baking sheet
    • 2 cups sugar
    • Pinch of salt
    • A pack of Chika’s Hand toasted peanuts
    • Vegetable oil, for spatula

     

    METHOD

    1. Butter a rimmed baking sheet; set aside. Stir together sugar, 1/2 cup water, and the salt in a medium saucepan. Cook over high heat, without stirring, until sugar begins to melt and turn golden, about 3 minutes. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until sugar has melted and mixture turns golden amber, about 10 minutes.
    2. Remove pan from heat. Stir in hand toasted peanuts. Immediately pour peanut mixture onto buttered baking sheet. Quickly spread mixture to 1/2 inch thick using an oiled metal spatula. Let cool completely, about 15 minutes. Break brittle into pieces.
    3. Accompany with ice cream and flambéed bananas

     

    Enjoy!

  • African Peanut Stew

    Ingredients

    • 500ml chicken stock, heated
    • 340g smooth peanut butter
    • 2 onions, halved and thinly sliced
    • 135g Chika’s hand toasted peanuts
    • 3 tbsp sunflower oil
    • 3 tbsp finely chopped ginger
    • 1 ½ tsp ground coriander
    • 3 tsp ground cumin
    • 1-2 scotch bonnet chillies, deseeded and chopped
    • 400g can chopped tomatoes
    • 2 x 800g pack chicken thighs and drumsticks, skinned
    • 3 sweet potatoes, cut into chunks
    • 2 red peppers, deseeded and cut into chunks
    • good handful coriander, chopped, a little reserved for sprinkling

    Method

    1. Heat up stock and pour over the peanut butter and stir until dissolved.
    2. Separately fry the onions in the oil until softened. Add the ginger, coriander, cumin, chillies and stir continuously whilst cooking for 2 mins.
    3. Add the tomatoes and peanut mixture, and then stir in the chicken pieces. Leave to simmer for 30 mins with a lid on, stirring often to avoid the peanut butter from sticking to the base of the pan.
    4. Stir in the sweet potatoes, peppers and chopped coriander, then cook for 30 mins more. Sprinkle Hand Toasted peanuts and serve with rice.

    Enjoy!

  • White Chocolate & Smoked Almond Cookies

    This is my take on a sweet and savoury cookie that most definitely ‘hits the spot’! 

    Ingredients:

    • 180g butter, melted
    • 200g caster sugar
    • 1/2 teaspoon vanilla extract
    • 90g Chika’s smoked almonds
    • 2 tablespoons golden syrup or honey
    • 90g ground almonds
    • 1/2 teaspoon baking powder
    • 1 egg
    • 240g plain flour
    • 1 bag white chocolate chips

     

    Method:

    Melt the butter and mix with sugar, vanilla, smoked almonds and syrup. Mix well, and then add ground almonds and baking powder.

    Mix in the beaten egg, and mix the flour in, until blended. Leave dough to sit for 10 to 15 minutes to firm up.

    Preheat the oven to 180 C / Gas 4.

    Add white chocolate pieces into dough and shape dough into small balls and flatten slightly.

    Bake until edges just start turning golden, about 10 minutes.

    Remove from oven and leave on cookie tray for 2 minutes, before transferring to wire rack to cool.

  • New, Fresh & Vibrant!

    Welcome to our brand spanking new website! We have been working very hard behind the scenes at Chika’s HQ to make sure we stand out from the crowd…. and what better way to do that than with COLOUR! We already brought the flavours of West Africa with our deliciously scrumptious snacks … we figured it was about time we brought you the colours of West Africa too!

    Chika’s is all about sharing the tastes of West Africa and bringing the best to the West. So today we are very happy to unveil our new, fresh and vibrant website and re-branded packing, that you will shortly be seeing in a local Sainsbury’s and Waitrose near you!

    We would love to hear your thoughts on our new look … please do comment below 🙂

  • Why Are Chika’s Snacks Different?

    If you’re not familiar with the Chika’s brand of premium snacks, you might ask yourself ‘Why should I try them and what’s so different compared to other snacks?’. Well, to try Chika’s authentic West African snacks is to love them. If you’re looking to try something new and willing to go on an adventure in taste and discover the unique flavours of West African snacks, then Chika’s snacks are exactly what you need.

    You can choose from crunchy chickpea crisps, moreish plantain crisps or if you’re nuts about peanuts, you have to try the Chika’s hand toasted peanuts! Not to mention our extremely popular smoked almonds or the black pepper and sea salt cashews.

    Chika’s snacks are extremely flavourful, but at the same time they also offer you a healthy alternative to snacking, as all the Chika’s products are vegan and GMO free. We use only natural ingredients which are then carefully processed in such a way that you don’t lose the deep flavour that is defining of West African snacks.

    If you feel your mouth watering at the idea, then you can find your favourite Chika’s snacks all over the country in stores such as Waitrose, Whole Foods, Selfridges and more. Or if you can’t make up your mind, why not try one of our delicious snack boxes and join Snack for Change to help educate children in Africa?

  • CHIKA’S Features In Prima Magazine’s February 2017 Issue!

    The CHIKA’S story is quickly spreading across the country with recent recognitions from Metro and Pride Magazine (just to name a few), and we are so excited to see our very own Chika Russell feature in the February issue of Prima Magazine, which is out now for you to enjoy.

    In the one-page feature, Chika talks about her journey to success, starting from a regular office job, and how she took inspiration from her Nigerian roots and used them to create the CHIKA’S that we know and love today.

    The section, ‘Women like you’, features real life stories, and Chika’s story is full of passion and inspiration. We are delighted that Prima captured Chika’s motivated personality, and how she used her sheer determination to create a business from scratch, even where others may have doubted her.

    The feature also reflects on Chika’s efforts to make positive changes in Africa, and shines light on the Snack For Change programme, which donates 38% of profit towards sponsoring children’s education in Africa.

    Read more about Chika’s truly inspirational story and how it’s taking the world by storm by reading the full article in Prima Magazine’s February issue. To keep up with our news and find out how you can get involved, sign up to the CHIKA’S newsletter on our website.

  • CHIKA’s in at 50 on Startups 100!

    The business also boasts an impressive list of commercial clients; sold to the likes of Google, Bloomberg, JetStar and Monarch.

    Having raised £800,000 worth of external finance, CHIKA’S list of investors is almost as impressive as its customers and includes United Biscuits CEO Jeff van der Eems, Lastminute.com CEO Marco Corradini, and former SOHO House chairman Robert Devereux.

    Read full article here