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For everyone that begged for this recipe … here it is! This dish has a strange name and an even stranger story. Back in the days when typesetting was done with little metal alphabets and numbers, a little canteen in south India had a chicken dish that was item no 65. At the typesetting house, some of the pieces got displaced and when it printed, it got printed as Chicken 65 and the name stuck ever since. This is really popular in South and Central India and is commonly ordered as a snack.

I was inspired to make this video a few years ago after watching Wilbur Sargunaraj’s funny rendition of this iconic dish. This has always been one of the most popular recipes on my channel. I contacted Wilbur, met the simple superstar in person and got permission to use his track in my video – check it out!


Chicken 65


  • Chicken
  • 2 pounds boneless chicken thigh meat cut in cubes
  • 1 egg
  • 2 tbsps corn flour
  • salt/pepper
  • 2 tbsps ginger/garlic paste
  • 4 Green chillies chopped
  • 1 red onion finely chopped
  • 2 tsps chopped garlic
  • 1/2 cup curry leaves chopped
  • 2 tbsps chilli paste
  • 2 tbsps ginger/garlic paste
  • 1 tsp jeera powder
  • 1 tsp chilly powder
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • Red food colour
  • Salt


  1. Mix the chicken with one egg with corn flour, salt and pepper. Fry in oil till slightly crispy. Keep aside.
  2. In a saute pan fry the chopped onion, garlic, green chillies and curry leaves. Add the ginger/garlic paste and chilly paste. Add the cumin and chilli powder. Add the red food coloring with a tiny bit of water. Add the chicken and coat well.