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“Food is not about impressing people. It’s about making them feel comfortable.”
–          Ina Garten, ‘The Barefoot Contessa Cookbook’

Food is not about impressing people, it’s about making them feel comfortable.” Ina Garten

And comfortable they do feel with this fiery dish. The crescendo of the stir frying chilies, curry leaves and garlic is always a conversation stopper; and not in a bad sort of way.  It just moves people, the way musical crescendos do and then like any great piece of music, it reaches the climax. The spicy aroma of chicken 65 drifts about, people gather around and the party begins. Compliments galore, happy  –  smiling friends, satisfied taste buds. Secret Recipe?  Lots of love and the following ingredients :-

Serves 4-5


  • Chicken: 1 pound boneless thigh meat cut into 1”- 2” pcs
  • Greek Yogurt: 2 Tbs + 2 Tbs (whisked)
  • Corn starch: 2 Tbs
  • Ginger Garlic Paste: 2 tsp
  • Red chilli powder  : 1 tsp
  • Cumin powder – ½ tsp
  • Coriander powder : ½ tsp
  • Cinnamon powder : ½ tsp
  • Garlic : 2Tbs sliced thin
  • Curry leaves: 8 – 10 (washed and patted dry)
  • Peanut Oil  : for deep frying
  • Lemon Juice: 2 Tsp
  • Egg  : 1
  • Salt  : As per taste
  • Rice Vinegar – 1/2 teaspoon
  • Thai Green chilies  : 3 – 8 ( julienne super thin)( 3 being hot and 8 fiery fiery hot – use less than 3 for a mild hot)

Procedure :

  1. In a deep bowl, mix yogurt(2tbs), red chili, cumin, coriander, cinnamon, ginger-garlic paste and salt
  2. Mix in the lemon juice and add  the chicken pieces
  3. Now add the corn starch to coat all the chicken pieces.
  4. Beat the egg lightly and add it in and mix well.
  5. Allow to marinade for at least 30 minutes and up to an hour max.
  6. Heat the oil in a wok to a scalding 350*F (175 C)
  7. Turn the heat to medium high, add a few pieces of chicken at a time.
  8. Take care not to over crowd the wok.
  9. Cook until the chicken turns a nice shade of brown and reaches an inner temperature of 165F.
  10. Fish out the fried chicken with a slotted spoon and allow to drain on a tray lined with paper towels.
  11. Repeat for the remaining pieces.
  12. In a different wok or pan, add a tsp of oil ( you can use the hot oil from the frying wok)
  13. Add in the curry leaves, let them sizzle
  14. Add the garlic , let it sizzle n cook but not burn
  15. Add the thai chillies and sizzle sizzle sizzle they go
  16. Add the vinegar and the yogurt and keep stirring until the liquids sort of mix in
  17. Add in the fried chicken
  18. Stir, transfer to a plate, and serve with lemon wedges and onion rings.


And your Chicken 65 is ready to shine.

Notes :

1) Chilies vary in pungency at times, so use caution while adding them.  Sometimes a couple of them can make a dish really hot. I usually chop the tip off and carefully take a whiff. The strong pungent ones smell strong and pungent from a distance. So there! Use caution and experience and your instincts.

2) Remove the white membrane carefully if you do not want your food too hot

3) Never touch slit green chilies with bare hands. Use food safe gloves or a food scraper to transfer them from the chopping board.

  15 Responses to “Chicken 65”

Comments (14)
  1. I am sure gonna try this one day .

  2. this is the best recipe for chicken 65 on the www and elsewhere. this is the best tasting chicken i ever made .

    Thanks Ansh. Your recipes are delicious.

  3. Mere looking at the pic got me going, asking my wife to make chick65 as a “Missed U” gift. Looks awesome!!!

  4. WOW!!!!!! Great recipe…awesome click!!!

  5. Yummy and lovely clicks too…..wish I could grab the plate…..

  6. The picture is most tempting…I wish I could put a fork right into it and grab a bite!! You have presented this recipe so beautifully, I could hear the sizzles from the wok and the final applause! 🙂

    Food is indeed about making people feel comfortable – you my dear, know how to impress and comfort at the same time…the love makes all the difference!

    I’ll be making this for a special weekend this month. Many hugs to u and a round of well deserved applause!!!

    • Thank you Priti, for all the love you give me. Your weekend will be special as usual, you put your entire heart into cooking! Let me know how you liked the recipe.

  7. My DH love chicken, will make this for him soon!!! Chicken 65 looks great!!

  8. YUMMY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I will definately try this out 🙂


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