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African Marinated Grilled Chicken

June 16, 2014
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Hi Guys! For those of you that don’t know this I was born in west Africa. A beautiful country called Sierra Leone. Locals there make AMAZING food. Despite the fact that everything they make is super spicy, everything is just fresh and handmade. The best of all is the street food. I was a street food addict. I kind ofย  miss it. I left about 15 years ago. Maybe I will go for a visit soon.

Getting back to the grilled chicken, this marinade is well known there. They call it “Seri” pronounced Seh-ri. This is used with meat, fish, shrimp and chicken. I like it mostly with meat and chicken.ย  I use it when I am grilling kebabs and I always make some spicyย just for me. Try this I am sure you will love it and use it always. Cheers!

Serving Size: 2


2 Chicken Breast ( each sliced in middle to make them thinner)

1 Small Cooking Onion
2 Tbs white Vinegar
1 Tsp Salt
1/2 Black Pepper
2 Tbs Organic Tomato Paste
1 Tb Olive Oil
2 Tbs All Natural Peanut Butter
1 Tsp Cayenne Pepper (optional-I skip this ingredient now because of my kids)
Fresh Cilantro to Garnish


1) Place all marinade ingredients in a food processor and process till a paste is formed. Remove and place In a bowl.

2) Dip Chicken breast in marinade and until they are well coated. (For better result you can place in a ziplock in fridge for an hour-am always in a hurry)

3) Grill breast until cooked to your liking. Garnish with fresh Cilantro. Enjoy with any hot sauce such as Chili Paste or Sirracha.

Calories 477
Total Fat 21.4g
Saturated Fat 2.5g
Trans Fat 0.0g
Total Carbohydrates 9.9g
Protein 60.3g

Please Note that nutrition facts are calculated and may vary.


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  • Reply Olena@iFOODreal June 16, 2014 at 5:18 pm

    Looks delicious, Rena! I want to grab it from the screen.:) I was wondering where you are from, now I know.:) I immigrated to Canada 15 years ago as well.:) Great recipe, so simple!

    • Reply Rena Awada June 16, 2014 at 10:22 pm

      Hi Olena
      Thank you! it does taste amazing especially spicy. But I have to cook without sometimes because of the kids! nice to know you are from Canada. I talk to you always and I never even asked. I just assumed lol xo

  • Reply Brown June 16, 2014 at 6:36 pm

    I’m confused. The serving size on a product usually indicates how much fat, cal etc for one piece, slice, cup etc.. On your recipe it says the serving size 2. Is that for 2 halves or for 2 whole chicken breast? Also do the nutritional facts represent the entire recipe or 1 serving?

    • Reply Rena Awada June 16, 2014 at 10:25 pm

      Hi there,
      The ingredients called for 2 chicken breast. one serving would be one breast. I just happen to slice each breast thinner because that’s how I prefer eating them. I ended up with 4 pieces. so “per serving would be either 1 whole breast or two if you slice them thinner. Hope that helps.


  • Reply Amanda June 17, 2014 at 7:27 pm

    Hi! Your recipe looks nice. Was wondering if you have tried with almond butter rather than peanut butter? An what was the result (if you did) Thanks.

    • Reply Rena Awada June 18, 2014 at 2:46 am

      No I haven’t but that sounds interesting. I don’t think the taste will be off too much. I think next time I will try it. Now am curious ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Reply Krista June 18, 2014 at 12:22 pm

    Rena, made this for the family on Monday and it was a BIG hit. They all loved it. I follow you on IG and love all the food idea’s you post. Keep it up ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Reply Rena Awada June 19, 2014 at 3:24 pm

      Hi Krista
      Thanks for the follow and your support is appreciated. Yes it is quite popular in Africa. Glad you guys liked it

  • Reply Ashley June 18, 2014 at 4:33 pm

    What can you use instead of peanut butter? I have a fiance with an allergy, but would love to try it!

    • Reply Rena Awada June 19, 2014 at 3:22 pm

      Hi Ashley
      The most important ingredient is the peanut butter. is he allergic to all nut butters?

  • Reply Jessica June 19, 2014 at 7:08 pm

    I just finish making the marinade and I tasted it…OMG!! So good!! Can’t wait till I cook the chicken and have dinner..gonna pair it with black beans and pico de gallo. I used the blender cause I dont have a food processor and its perfect for me.

    • Reply Rena Awada June 20, 2014 at 2:55 am

      Hi Jessica
      so how was it? the marinade does taste good just by itself lol….Let me know

  • Reply Charisma Carrillo June 20, 2014 at 4:59 pm

    Hi, im 15 years old and happened to have pre diabetes. My passion was baking but since I am a Pre-D my mom told me to stop. Anyways I am learning to cook…healthy. Especially because when I go to my dads house he tries to cook healthy but he fails. He thinks salad is satisfying for breakfast but I dont.
    Just wanted to let you know that I am very grateful that you post up all these healthy, tasty foods. THANK YOU!

    • Reply Rena Awada June 20, 2014 at 6:12 pm

      Hi Charisma
      Thank you. I certainly understand. Thanks for stopping by and for your kind words

  • Reply Julie Bishop June 26, 2014 at 4:13 pm

    Hi Rena,

    I first found you on Instagram and your recipes look amazing. My mouth is watering just looking at them all! ๐Ÿ™‚ I’m currently 37 weeks pregnant with my first kiddo and am a Beachbody coach so I’m always looking for new ideas and recipes for clean eating. I’ll definitely have to try yours!

    I was reading a little bit about you and your family is beautiful. I can’t wait to see this little boy and how he will look. I’m thinking he will look more like his dad, haha! Have you ever considered being a Beachbody Coach? With your knowledge about clean eating, health & fitness, and your story of how you lost your baby weight is very inspiring! I think you would be a great coach ๐Ÿ™‚

    Anyhow I will definitely have to try your recipes, especially this one. Thank you for sharing!

    • Reply Rena Awada June 26, 2014 at 7:31 pm

      Hi Julie

      You must be so excited about having the baby and I am sure you are at the point where you start counting the days and you cant wait. It is a beautiful experience and I hope you have a safe and easy delivery.

      I haven’t really thought about that, being a beach body coach. It is definitely something to consider. I have been so busy with my 5 kids who are still so young, and my newly launched website. Maybe once I am all settled in I will look into it. Why Not.!!

      thanks for stopping by

      love- Rena

      • Reply Julie Bishop June 27, 2014 at 2:55 pm

        Thank you so much Rena. That really means a lot to me. Only 15 more days. This year has definitely flown by!! Goodness. You definitely are one busy momma but you look great! I’ll find you on FB and I’ll definitely keep in touch because I need more guidance on clean eating and getting creative with my recipes. Do you mind if I share some of yours on my blog and/or on my FB page? Oh, and starting Monday my sponsored Coach has a group that will discuss what being a BB Coach is all about if you’re interested. You’re not required to sign up or do anything, it’s completely free and all informative. I’ll message you more about it on FB if you’d like ๐Ÿ™‚ Talk to you soon. Happy Aloha Friday!!!


        • Reply Rena Awada June 29, 2014 at 3:27 pm

          Hi Jules

          That’s so exciting….sure you can keep in touch and please feel free to email me any time…..xoxo…

  • Reply Bridget August 1, 2014 at 11:13 am

    Hi there! Can’t wait to try this tonight. Always looking for something to change up chicken. Was wondering if you ever refrigerate for longer than an hour?

    • Reply Rena August 8, 2014 at 10:59 pm

      Yes you can. I am always in such a hurry and don’t marinate too long. Am assuming you have tried it already? how was it?

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