Thursday, February 6, 2014

Chicken 65 / Spicy deep fried chicken

Chicken 65 is spicy deep fried chicken, a very popular appetizer / starter in most restaurants in India.

I have such fond memories of this dish from early days of marriage.

We had just moved into a new rented home only to discover that cooking non vegetarian in that house was a taboo.Phew! the landlord lived downstairs so you can imagine our plight.Well I can say it was blessing in disguise as I barely knew how to cook even everyday vegetarian food :))
We really respected their feelings but struggled not being able to eat what we liked. We started frequenting a fast food joint near by which served the most delicious Chicken 65.The place used to so crowded and chicken 65 was their most fast moving item.Miss those carefree days.

Now a days I rarely make deep fried dishes at home but  if it appears on the table it vanishes in no time.I guess it is okay to indulge in oily food once in a while at least to satisfy the craving.

To marinate:--
Chicken -1 lb (Boneless thigh 6 pieces)
Corn flour- 2 tsp
Ginger garlic paste - 1 tsp
Ajinomoto - a small pinch (optional)
Egg- 1
Salt and pepper

For the final coating:
Ginger- 1 tbsp chopped
Garlic - 1 tbsp chopped
Green chili - 3-4 cut into rounds
Curry leaves -a few (do not omit this)
Kashmiri chili powder / mild chili powder -1 + tsp
Red food color - (optional)

To season and serve:
Coriander leaves chopped
Lemon wedges

1.Clean and cut the chicken into small cubes mix all the ingredients given above to marinate except egg and keep it aside for an hour.Add lightly beaten egg and coat the pieces well.
Heat cooking oil and deep fry the chicken in small batches until fully cooked to light brown color in medium heat.(about 7-8 minutes).
Do not fry too much at a time and bring down the oil temperature.
Drain each batch with slotted spoon onto a paper towel.
2. For the final coating heat 2 - 3 tsp oil then add the ginger chopped, garlic chopped, green chili, curry leaves till crisp then switch off flame and add the chili powder saute until all the raw smell goes then pour 1/3 cup water bring it to boil add food coloring mix then toss  the chicken pieces and saute until the chicken pieces are coated well.Switch off flame and season with coriander leaves and serve with lemon wedges.
Serve with warm flat bread and raita / salad. (Since this is a dry spicy side dish do serve some mild gravy too.)

Hope you like it .Do let me know if you happen to try it.

Do have a look at other awesome chicken recipes from Food Network friends.


  1. I can't even remember the last time I had it.... In India we used to have these often while we dined at a restaurant... miss those days...Seeing ur pics, the crunchy and crisp chicken 65 is telling me to kick start this weekend by making these...:)

  2. wow looks better then restaurant...

  3. Same here with frying food, once in a blue moon is fine, looks awesome.

  4. I'm drooling here... looks so yumm..

  5. oh my ! awesome clicks Meena ! Psst, I have the same fork too ! ;) A a chicken 65 ugran aayttundu !

  6. very colourful !

  7. Color is taking me away ...I am thinking of doing gobi 65 today ....After seeing this i wanted to try chicken 65 eventhough i cant eat it ...

  8. Very tempting chicken 65..yummy..

  9. This is totally a drool worthy dish. I am so in love with those pics as well...

  10. tempting 65, love the clicks as well!!!

  11. Meena you are tempting me early in the morning with chicken 65 i am totally crazy ;)

  12. Yep, the once a while treat over fried goodies is ok. Its a classic dish which will always be a fav among many.

  13. Yumm ..that looks delicious ..Drooling over here :)

  14. Lovely pictures, Meena! I'm drooling, very tempting & delicious looking chicken recipe.

  15. Wow it looks just like a bowl of Chicken 65 ordered from a restaurant!!! Its really tempting!!!

  16. Oh! I felt I was glancing at the cover page of a cookery magazine..what a superb click. The colour is surely so tempting, the one fact that makes this dish the most popular and fast moving is its beauty with the red colour..the kids are sure to go for it(and behind them..we too..he he). Once in a while, ithu okke kazhikaam nne..allathe pinne!!!

  17. Meena, love chicken 65 and yours have come out so lovely.

  18. Just like you, I avoid fried foods/recipes. But I guess its ok to have them once in a while. And with flavors such as these, it is totally worth it :-D

  19. Just the word chicken 65 makes me drool... I am so hungry now seeing these pictures

  20. Wow... it is so delicious i know most of the time it was a must in our table when we go out for dinner....spicy.. and juicy ....feel like having parotta with made me drool..

  21. I would never ever live in a house where non vegetarian isn't allowed. Can't imagine it, seriously :)

    The dish looks really good, just like the chicken 65 at restaurants!


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