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Chicken 65 in a copper pan from the front.
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chicken 65

Chicken 65 is a super tasty south Indian snack or appetizer.
Prep Time10 mins
Cook Time20 mins
Marinating time2 hrs
Total Time30 mins
Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: Indian
Keyword: chicken 65
Servings: 4
Calories: 280kcal
Author: romain | glebekitchen


  • 6 boneless, skinless chicken thighs cut into bite sized pieces
  • vegetable oil for deep frying

Chicken 65 seasoning

  • 1 1/2 tsp kashmiri chili powder
  • 1 1/2 tsp paprika
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp tandoori masala (optional - for colour)
  • 1 tsp garam masala
  • 1 tsp kosher salt
  • 2 tsp corn starch

Chicken 65 tempering (the final flavour blast)

  • 2 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1/2 tsp cumin seed
  • 1/2 tsp mustard seed
  • 1 tbsp garlic ginger paste
  • 1-2 green chilies - finely diced
  • 20 fresh curry leaves - if you can get them


Make the tempering

  • Heat the oil in a frying pan until it just shimmers. Add the cumin and mustard seeds and fry about 20 seconds. Add the curry leaves and fry another 10 seconds or so. Add the garlic ginger paste and green chilies and cook until the garlic ginger paste stops sputtering. Set aside. 
  • Combine the chicken 65 seasoning ingredients. Mix well with the chicken thigh pieces. Let sit, covered, in the fridge for about 2 hours.
  • Heat enough vegetable oil come up about 1 inch in a cast iron frying pan. Try to regulate your heat so the oil is at 350F. This isn't easy. Take your time. Use a candy/deep frying thermometer. 
  • Fry the chicken in 3 batches. It doesn't doesn't take long. You want an internal temperature of 165F - around 3-4 minutes. Depends on the temperature of the oil and the size of the chicken pieces...
  • As the batches of chicken cook, add them into the frying pan with the tempering. Toss to combine. Add a bit of salt to taste. Garnish. Cilantro, sliced shallots or mild onion and green chili slices all work well. 


Serving: 4g | Calories: 280kcal | Carbohydrates: 3g | Protein: 33g | Fat: 14g | Saturated Fat: 7g | Cholesterol: 161mg | Sodium: 788mg | Potassium: 454mg | Fiber: 1g | Vitamin A: 765IU | Vitamin C: 1.3mg | Calcium: 19mg | Iron: 2mg