Chicken 65 Recipe

Easy Chicken 65 Recipe

Chicken 65 is a deep-fried chicken recipe. There are many theories about the origin of the delicious Chicken 65 Recipe. One is by the son of Chef Mr. Buhari, who claimed his father came up with this dish as a specialty in a restaurant VIP gathering.

Everyone ate the dish, loved the taste, and asked for the name. He just came up with the name of ‘ Chicken 65’ as it was soon after the new year in 1965.

Another interesting story is, the chicken was cut into 65 pieces, marinade for 65 days, and added 65 red chilies to make it super spicy. However, what would be the story behind it; this is a universal favorite recipe.

If you are looking for some other tempting chicken recipes then check out Steam Chicken, Chicken Steak and for vegetarian Paneer Tikka Masala is best.

Easy Chicken 65 Recipe

Chicken 65 Recipe
Author: Sidra Azeem Sheikh
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Serves: 5
  • For Chicken Marination
  • Chicken thighs boneless 1 kg (I used bone in)
  • Eggs 2
  • Corn flour 4 tbsp
  • Ginger garlic paste 1 tbsp
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper 1 tsp
  • Red chilie powder 1 tsp
  • Oil for deep frying
  • For Gravy
  • Ginger garlic paste fresh 2 tbsp
  • Green chilies 6_7 crush them with ginger garlic
  • Curry leaves 15-20
  • Salt to taste
  • Black pepper 1 tsp
  • Red chilie 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder 1 tsp
  • Chili garlic sauce 4 tbsp
  • Garam masala powder 1 tsp
  • Hara dhanya (green coriander) a handful finely chopped
  • Mint handful finely chopped
  • Red food color 1 tsp
  • Yogurt 1/2 cup (whisked)
  • Lemon juice 1 tbsp
  • Oil 1/2 cup
  1. Marinate chicken with all listed ingredients except oil for at least 4 hours or more.
  2. Take a wide pot preferably nonstick, add oil and fry chicken pieces not more than 4-5 minutes if boneless or 10-12 minutes if bone in. (Fry in batches don’t over crowd the pot.)
  3. Take out on absorbent paper and cover.
  4. In a separate pot heat oil add ginger garlic paste and green chilies paste and cook until light golden. Add curry leaves and cook for a minute, add salt, black pepper, red chili and cumin powder and cook a little.
  5. Add Chili garlic sauce with little water and food color, add fried chicken pieces to it and cook on high heat.
  6. Add whisked yogurt and cook on high heat until all yogurt is absorbed. Add Garam masala.
  7. Turn off heat, sprinkle lemon juice on top, garnish with coriander and mint leaves.
  8. Serve with rice or as a snack enjoy.
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