CHICKEN 65 Cucumber Cups

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Chicken 65 is likely of my most popular recipes to date, and I’ve dedicated quite a few posts and videos to this recipe. For those who have never heard the name before, Chicken 65 is a wonderful spicy dry Chicken preparation with a really strange name. Rumour has it that it’s made with 65 ingredients, or that it was made with a 65 day old chicken. The more believable story that I like to believe is that it was printed incorrectly on a menu card in a canteen. The item number 65 was misplaced and printed after the word Chicken and Chicken 65 was born.

To usher in the holidays, I decided to throw a Red & Green themed party. I’ve asked my guests to wear Red & Green and decided to make appetizers to match. I’m going to make a much smaller version of my popular Chicken 65 recipe, as I want to stuff cucumber cups with it. This is a lot healthier to offer your guests as well, the Chicken is shallow fried and served is a raw cucumber cup.

Also be sure to check out my other recipes that I prepared just for this occasion Green Spinach Mini Idlis with a Chilli Garlic dipping sauce and a Green Chilli Shrimp Lollipop.

CHICKEN 65 Cucumber Cups

Ingredients

  • 1/2 a pound Chicken breast
  • 1 tbsp of cornstarch
  • 1/2 a beaten egg
  • 1 tsp each of ginger & garlic paste
  • Salt
  • 1/2 cup of finely diced onions
  • 1 green chilli
  • 1/4 cup curry leaves cut fine with a scissor
  • 1 tsp each of ginger & garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 2 tbsps Chilli Garlic paste or Sambal Oelek
  • Powder red food colouring
  • 2 cm Cucumber discs
  • Whole fried Curry leaves

Instructions

  1. Dice 1/2 a pound of chicken breast into very small cubes
  2. Add 1 tbsp of cornstarch, 1/2 a beaten egg, 1 tsp each of ginger and garlic paste and salt before mixing everything together
  3. Instead of deepfrying this like I do with the original recipe, I'm just going to shallow fry these. once done remove and drain on a paper towel.
  4. In a saute pan, add a 1/2 cup of finely diced onions, one green chilli and when the onion is golden brown, add 1/4 cup curry leaves that I've cut fine with a scissor
  5. Add 1 tsp each of ginger and garlic paste, 1 tsp Cumin
  6. Add 2 tbsps Chilli Garlic paste or Sambal Oelek and salt to taste
  7. Finally I'm just going to add a bit of red food colouring. This is powder color and I've just added a bit of water to it
  8. Mix everything together and add the chicken. Stir well to coat and cook so the chicken gets a bit more caramelization from the heat
  9. Leave this aside to cool
  10. The next part is fun cut your cucumbers into 2 cm high disks and using a small ice cream scoop, just remove the insides. If you're going to prepare these a day ahead. store them upside down as cucumbers contain a lot of water that need to be drained out.
  11. Fill with the chicken 65 filling just before serving. I like to also fry whole curry leaves and use them as a garnish
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