|Course||entree or quick snack|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Chennai, Tamilnadu|
|Main ingredients||chicken, ginger, garlic, red chilles|
|Variations||Taste varies by region and restaurant.|
Chicken 65 is a spicy, deep-fried chicken dish originating from Tamilnadu, India, as an entrée, or quick snack. The flavour of the dish can be attributed to red chillies but the exact set of ingredients for the recipe can vary. It can be prepared using boneless or bone-in chicken and is usually served with onion and lemon garnish. Vegetarian variants like "Paneer 65" or "Gobi 65" use Paneer or cauliflower instead. While the name "Chicken 65" is universally used to refer to the dish, there are many different theories claiming its origins.
One account claims that the dish emerged as a simple meal solution for Indian soldiers in 1965. Another account claims that it is a dish containing 65chilli peppers devised by an enterprising hotelier. The name is also claimed to relate to a requirement for the meat to be from 65-day-old chickens.Chicken 65 was a dish introduced in 1965 by A.M Buhari of the Buhari Hotel chain. They also offer Chicken 78, Chicken 82 and Chicken 90, introduced in 1978, 1982 and 1990 of 78, 82 and 90 rupees respectively. Amitabh Bachchan's Kaun Banega Crorepati (Season 1), featured Chicken 65 as a Buhari invention as did Siddarth Basu's Quiz Time on Doordarshan in the 1990s. A report in The Hindu in 2013 also mentions this.
- Susanna Myrtle Lazarus. "The hows & whys of our chicken 65". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 May 2015.