Chicken 65

Chicken 65

5 from 3 votes
A delicious and spicy appetizer made with boneless chicken pieces in a spicy stir fry sauce. The best version of this famous Indian fried chicken you will ever have. A recipe for your next party that will be sure to impress all your family and friends!

Chicken 65 is an immensely popular spicy, deep-fried boneless chicken starter that is thought to have originated from India. With this Indian spicy chicken 65 recipe, you will be guaranteed to have an amazing party appetiser.

The unique flavour and delicious taste of this dry chicken 65 are sure to be a crowd-pleaser. Of all the different variations of boneless chicken 65 recipes, this red chicken 65 recipe will surely be your favourite. Garnish with a wedge of lemon and sliced onions for the perfect starter!

If you haven’t heard of chicken 65 then you are definitely missing out! Personally, I LOVE spices and I love eating spicy food and this is definitely one of them.

If you’re not much of a spice person or can’t handle the heat, then I would recommend toning down the spices a little as it can be a bit intense for some people.

Although it is widely accepted that the dish originated from Hotel Buhari in Chennai, India, there is a dispute as to why this dish is called chicken 65. There are so many reasons out there (some being very bizarre!) and I think the truth just got lost in the myths.

Some people say that it was because the chicken was marinated for 65 days, although I don’t know who would be able to wait that long to taste this delicious dish! Some people say that the original recipe had 65 chillies in it. I do love my spices, but even I can agree that it is a bit of a spice overload!

There are tons more suggestions, but I guess we may never know the truth! Regardless, this recipe is so tasty and is one that you will not be able to get enough of!

There are a lot of chicken 65 recipes out there. Some recipes are dry, and some are saucy. My recipe is not too dry and not too saucy. I like to keep it semi-dry, so there is just enough sauce to coat the chicken, but not so much that you feel like can’t hold it.

If you prefer it to be drier you can cook the sauce for longer to allow it to thicken and if you prefer it to have more sauce, simply cook the sauce for less time. However, you choose to enjoy it this chicken 65 recipe is one that everyone will love!

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Chicken 65

by Nabeela Kauser
A delicious and spicy appetizer made with boneless chicken pieces in a spicy stir fry sauce. The best version of this famous Indian fried chicken you will ever have. A recipe for your next party that will be sure to impress all your family and friends!
5 from 3 votes
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Marination Time 30 mins
Total Time 55 mins
Course Appetiser
Cuisine Indo-Chinese
Servings 4
Calories 236 kcal



Stir Fry


  • In a bowl add the salt, chilli powder, garlic paste, ginger paste, black pepper, lemon juice, egg, corn flour and rice flour to the flour then mix until all the ingredients are evenly incorporated
  • Set aside and leave to marinade for an hour – the longer the better
  • Once the chicken has marinated for at least one hour deep fry the marinated pieces for 4-6 minutes on medium heat until golden brown
  • In another pan heat up some olive oil on medium heat
  • Add the cumin seeds and sauté on high heat for 1-2 minutes until the aroma of cumin seeds can be smelt
  • Cut the green chillies in half and lengthwise before adding to the pan along with the finely diced garlic cloves and crushed chillies then cook for a few minutes on medium heat – if you would like to reduce the heat you can remove the seeds of the green chillies Cook for a few minutes
  • Add the tomato ketchup and stir until the sauce is evenly incorporated
  • Add the fried chicken pieces then mix and ensure that the sauce coats all the chicken pieces
  • Serve as a starter alongside some refreshing chutney and enjoy!



Calories: 236kcalCarbohydrates: 13gProtein: 13gFat: 14gSaturated Fat: 4gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 86mgSodium: 821mgPotassium: 210mgFiber: 2gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 765IUVitamin C: 8mgVitamin D: 0.3µgCalcium: 33mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken, Food, Indian, Recipe, Starters
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