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.

Chicken 65

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  • 2 lbs Boneless chicken cubes
  • Salt to taste
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 2 tbsps Ginger & Garlic paste
  • 2 tbsps Corn starch
  • 1 Egg
  • 1/4 cup Oil and allow it to heat up
  • 1 cup diced Onions
  • 2 tbsps green Chillies slit horizontally
  • 2 tbsps Ginger & Garlic paste
  • 1 tsp Chilli powder
  • 1 tsp Cumin powder
  • 1/2 tsp fresh cracked Pepper
  • And mix this in
  • 1/2 cup Curry leaves
  • 2 tbsps Chilli paste or Sambal Oelek
  • Salt to taste
  • Pinch food colouring


  • Marinate the Chicken with salt, chilli powder, ginger & garlic paste, corn starch & an egg and keep aside
  • Heat some oil and deef fry the chicken pieces till cooked in batches and keep aside
  • Heat some oil in a saute pan and saute the onions and chillies
  • Add the ginger and garlic paste and cook
  • Add the chilli powder, cumin and pepper
  • Add the curry leaves
  • Add the chilli paste, salt and food colouring
  • Divide the sauce in half and saute the chicken in it in two batches