Chicken 65

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This dish, in all honesty, does not need an introduction. The chicken 65 is a universally recognized chicken cuisine that originated from India. They are pieces of boneless (mostly) chicken that are marinated in masala and deep fried in oil to be served for ones pleasure. This dish is so common that you will find a variety of chicken 65 served in different states cooked in their own styles. Chicken 65 are extremely palatable and versatile, they can be served as a starter, a side-dish and even as a snack at any occasion.

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History of chicken 65

The most popular history of chicken 65 states that a restaurant in Chennai invented this dish in 1965, hence the name. Others suggest it was the serial number of the dish on a menu. There are few other theories, some even as bizarre as being the chicken was marinated for 65 days, or it used 65 types of chili. In the end, the chicken 65 ended up being somewhat of a national dish that belonged to all the people who made it with their own unique touch.

What is chicken 65 marinated in ?

The chicken 65 is marinated in salt, pepper, ginger garlic paste, kashmiri red chili powder, yoghurt, rice flour and corn flour. The pieces of chicken then need to be soaked in the masala for at least an hour.

Is chicken 65 a good dish to be served at parties ?

Chicken 65 are an absolute delight when it comes to party dishes and snacks. The boneless pieces that pack a punch of spices and taste makes it one of the most if not the best preferred party snacks. We suggest you serve it with a fork and a dip of your choice that will add extra flavours to it.

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Chicken 65

Recipe by Amu MCourse: Side Dish, Snacks, StarterCuisine: IndianDifficulty: Medium


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A delicious South Indian chicken Starter recipe simple to cook with few cooking steps to follow.


  • Marinating the chicken:-
  • 500 gm Chicken

  • 1 tsp Salt

  • 1/4 tsp Black Pepper Powder

  • 1 tbsp Ginger Garlic Paste

  • 1/2 tbsp Kashmiri Red Chili Powder

  • 1/2 cup Curd

  • 2 tbsp Rice Flour

  • 2 tbsp Corn Flour

  • Preparing chicken 65:-
  • 2 tbsp Cooking Oil

  • 5 cloves Garlic chopped

  • 4 pc Green Chili

  • 2 pc Dry Red Chili

  • 12 Dry curry leaves

  • 2 tbsp Tomato ketchup

  • 1/2 tsp Black pepper powder


  • Marinating the chicken:-
  • Into a bowl, take bite size boneless chicken pieces 500 gms, salt 1 tsp, black pepper powder 1/4 tsp, ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp, Kashmiri red chili powder 1/2 tbsp, curd 1/2 cup – stir and mix properly.
  • Add rice flour 2 tbsp, corn flour 2 tbsp – mix well & let it marinate for about 1 hour.
  • Frying the chicken:-
  • Add cooking oil in a frying pan and let it pre heat before adding the chicken.
  • Add marinated chicken pieces into it one by one and let it fry for about 8-10 minutes on medium to high heat.
  • Flip and turn the chicken pieces while frying them so that the chicken will cook properly from all the sides.
  • When they become crispy and light brown then take them out into a plate – similarly fry all marinated chicken in 2-3 batches.
  • Preparing chicken 65:-
  • Into a wok, add cooking oil 2 tbsp, chopped garlic 5 pcs, green chili slits 4 pcs, dry red chili slits 2 pcs, dry curry leaves 12 pcs – give quick stirs and mix properly.
  • Add tomato ketchup 2 tbsp,  black pepper powder 1/2 tsp – let it sauté for about 2-3 minutes on high heat.
  • Add fried chicken pieces into the wok – toss them with other ingredients on high heat and serve.
  • Your delicious & Spicy Chili Chicken is ready !

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  • You can also keep the chicken marinated overnight refrigerated for better results.
  • Cut the chicken pieces into same bite sized pieces before marinating.

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3 servings per container


  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Total Fat 16.4g 26%
    • Saturated Fat 2.6g 13%
  • Cholesterol 112mg 38%
  • Sodium 1202mg 51%
  • Amount Per Serving% Daily Value *
  • Potassium 770mg 22%
  • Total Carbohydrate 18.6g 7%
    • Dietary Fiber 3.1g 13%
    • Sugars 3g
  • Protein 42.1g 85%
  • Calcium 4%
  • Iron 10%
  • Vitamin D 1%

* The % Daily Value tells you how much a nutrient in a serving of food contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.

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