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This is a favorite dish of non-veg-eaters, although chicken 65 is quite popular as a South Indian start, it is now being served in parties in North India as well. There are many ways to make a recipe for chicken 65, it is not too difficult to make nor does it take much time. So let’s take a look at its simple recipe…

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What is chicken 65

A spicy, deep-fried delicacy from down south, Chennai to be precise, Chicken 65 can be had as an entrée or a quick snack any time of the day. Made of boneless chicken, it is a quick and easy recipe to make and worth kick-starting the party on a spicy note!

This is the sort of dish that can set your mouth on fire, make your heart beat faster and kick the usual bread-coated fried chicken to the curb. It’s deep-fried (of course), with this crazy saltiness and crunchiness to it, and punchy flavors of curry leaves, ginger, garlic, chilies and all the ingredients that make a happy Indian dish. Chicken 65 is a classic and a classic deserves special mention.

A Delicious chicken 65 history

Although Chicken 65 is well established as being the invention of A.M Buhari of the Buhari Hotel chain, its popularity as a dish has spawned several myths about its origin. One account claims that the dish emerged as a simple meal solution for Indian soldiers in 1965.

Another account claims that it is a dish containing 65 chili peppers devised by an enterprising hotelier. It is also claimed to relate to a requirement for the meat to be from 65-day-old chickens. Still, others claim that it means 65 pieces of chicken.

One account suggests that Chicken 65 was named so because the marinade took 65 days to prepare. But it’s unlikely that this is true because common sense alone defies this logic.

Chicken 65 origin

Chicken 65 has had a surging rise in popularity in South India. This can be mainly attributed to international sensation Funbucket Bhargav of TikTok fame. In his sketch, one of his famous characters, the Omigod girl, can be seen ordering Chicken 65 and being disappointed to see that the dish did not, in fact, come with 65 pieces of chicken.

Sometimes, such a dish is more about the place than the food itself. So if someone gave me Chicken 65 in an upscale restaurant, I don’t think I’ll enjoy it as much as I would at the want-to-pull-my-hair-out-crowded Andhra Bhawan.

The other great thing about classics is that it encourages arguments. People of different age groups and generations have their own versions. It’s hard to define, yes, but when you eat the real thing, you just know it. So let’s get to the heart of an all-time favorite, the Chicken 65.

Amitabh Bachchan had asked the same question in the popular TV show Kaun Banega Crorepati, Season 1 that I’m about to ask you now – “where does the dish Chicken 65 come from?”

Is Chicken 65 a Chinese dish?

Chicken 65: The Different TheoriesThe first and most popular theory suggests that Chicken 65 was invented in Tamil Nadu by a gentleman called A.M. Buhari in the year 1965. It was introduced at the Buhari Hotel; a fine dining restaurant in Chennai which used to offer Chicken 78 and Chicken 82, and still sells the Chicken 90.

Another theory, though not as popular is that Chicken 65 was made with 65 awfully spicy chilies. It is believed that eating chili was a testament to how manly you were. So if you could get yourself through a plate of Chicken 65 then it would be a reflection on your true manhood.

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health benefit of chicken 65

The most popular of all white meats is chicken.  For starters, it’s inexpensive and quick to prepare.  Plus it can be served in a way variety of ways (chicken soup and diced up in a salad are just a few favorites.)  But that’s not all!  Peacock’s Poultry Farm team wants you to remember that the health benefits of eating chicken are just as numerous.
1.   Rich in Protein –  It’s a great source of lean, low-fat protein that contributes to muscle growth and development.  That protein also helps support a healthy body weight and aids weight loss.
2.   Good for the Heart  –  Eating chicken breast suppresses and controls a body’s homocysteine amino acid levels which, if too high, can lead to cardiovascular disease.
3.   Plenty of Phosphorus  –  They’re rich in phosphorus, an essential mineral that supports your teeth and bones, as well as kidney, liver, and central nervous system function.
4.   Abundant in Selenium  –  Provides this essential mineral involved in metabolic performance … in other words thyroid, hormone, metabolism, and immune function.
5.   Boosts Metabolism  –  Vitamin B6 (or B-complex vitamins) in chicken will keep blood vessels healthy, energy levels high, and metabolism burning away calories so you can manage a healthy weight…
6.   Rich in Niacin  –  Another B-vitamin, niacin helps guard against cancer and other forms of genetic (DNA) damage.
7.   Natural Anti-depressant  –  If you’re feeling depressed, eating some poultry will increase the serotonin amino acid  levels in your brain, enhancing your mood, blasting stress, and lulling you to sleep.
8.   Promotes Eye Health  –  An excellent source of retinol, alpha and beta-carotene, and lycopene (all derived from vitamin A) and all vital for healthy eyesight.
9.   Essential for Healthy Tissue  –  Riboflavin (or Vitamin B2), found in chicken livers will drastically reduce your skin problems and repair dry or damaged skin.
10.   Prevents Bone Loss  –  If you’re entering your senior years and you’re concerned about osteoporosis or arthritis, eating chicken will aid in your fight against bone loss thanks to the protein punch it packs!

variation of chicken 65

Chicken 65 can be made in the form of chicken 65 dry and chicken 65 gravy. The dry version is just the deep-fried version of the marinated chicken. This recipe can be used as an iftar snack during the month of Ramadan and it can be included as an iftar meal…

Dry chicken 65:

Marinate the chicken with salt, red chili powder, turmeric powder, ginger garlic paste, garam masala powder, egg beaten, cornflour, maida and mix all the ingredients well. Marinate the chicken for half an hour and deep fry in oil…

This gives the chicken 65 dry recipe version.

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         👥 Yield: 4 serving                                             🔪 Prep. Time: 10 minute
         🍳 Cooking Time :40 minute                           🕜 Total Time: 50 minute
         🍴 Level:  medium

chicken 65 ingredients

Chicken-     400 gm

For Marinade-

Egg-                                             1 piece
Cornflour-                                    1 ts
Rice-flour-                                   1 ts
Maida-                                          1ts
Lemon juice –                               1 ts
Ginger garlic paste-                      1 ts
Black-paper powder-                    1/4 ts
Turmeric powder –                        1/2 ts
Kashmiri red chilly powder-         2 ts
Cumin powder-                             1/2 ts
Coriander powder –                       1/2 ts
Garam masala powder-                 1/2 ts
Salt-                                               by taste

 For Tampering –

Green chili (slit)                           2-3 piece
Garlic (chopped)                           10-12clave
Curry leaves                                  8-10 leaves
Spring onion (chopped)                1/2 cup
Lemon juice                                  1ts
Red chili paste                             2 ts

For Fry-

 Oil for deep fry

How to make chicken 65 Easy step by step


Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step


First of all, wash the chicken thoroughly two to three times with water.

Take the chicken in a mixing bowl. Now put cornflour, rice flour, and maida in it.

Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step

Now add all the powdered spices, salt as per taste, ginger-garlic paste and lemon juice. And mix them all well with the chicken.


Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
When a coat is made with all the spices and flour chicken. Then put the egg in the mixture of chicken and spices 
Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step

Now mix this mixture well. Mix it in such a way that a paste of spices is formed on the chicken and keep this chicken mixture covered for 20 minutes to marinate.

Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
Heat the oil in a vessel to fry the chicken. Mix the marinated chicken once before frying. When the oil is well heated, reduce the flame to medium.
Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
 Pour marinated chicken pieces one by one in hot oil. Stir and deep fry for 5-6 minutes, stirring continuously. When the chicken turns a golden color, take it out in the kitchen towel. Keep in mind that the heat should be moderate. Otherwise, your chicken may be spoiled.

Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
  Now put a spoon of oil in a separate vessel and heat it
Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step

Now add chopped garlic and chopped green chilies in hot oil and fry them on a low flame for a few seconds.
Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step


  When garlic and chili are well fried, add red chili paste and fry for a few seconds.
Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
When this mixture starts leaving oil, then add curry leaves to it. And fry it for a few seconds. And after that add some water and mix it well.
Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
Now add chopped green onions and a teaspoon of lemon juice and salt to taste and mix well. Keep in mind that you used salt even while marinating the chicken.
Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
Now add fried chicken to this mixture. And mix it well on a low flame

Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
 The chicken has to be mixed with the mixture in such a way that the mixture gets coated well on the fried chicken. Take your chicken 65 is ready, take it out in a separate serving pot.

Best recipe of chicken 65 step by step
And top with chopped green onions and serve hot with red or green chutney


  • Do not add eggs if you want while making chicken 65.
  • In this recipe, the egg is kept only as an option, adding it keeps the meat soft, but if you leave it for some time, it will start smelling.
  • It’s important to fry the chicken in low heat otherwise the outside will start to begin while the inside remains raw.
  • If you want the color you see in restaurants, you have to add a red food color.
  • If you don’t have corn flour, use rice flour to give the outside a bit of crispness.
  • My version was not very spicy so adjust the heat level to your preference. Using Kashmiri chili powder will give you.
  • chicken a brighter color than regular chili powder, without the use of food colors. If the marinade is too thick, you can add some water.
  • If your yogurt is not sour and you don’t have vinegar or don’t want to use it, add a few drops of lemon juice to the marinade.

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