Chicken 65
Courseentree or quick snack
Place of originIndia
Region or stateChennai,[1] Tamil nadu
Serving temperatureHot
Main ingredientschicken, ginger, garlic, red chilles
VariationsTaste varies by region and restaurant

Chicken 65 is a spicy, deep-fried chicken dish originating from Hotel Buhari,[2] Chennai,[1] 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.


Although Chicken 65 is well established as being the invention of A. M. Buhari of the Buhari Hotel chain,[1] its popularity as a dish has spawned several myths about its origin. One account claims that the dish emerged as a simple meal for Indian soldiers in 1965, or it was the 65th item on the Indian Army's menu for soldiers. Another account claims that it is a dish containing 65 chilli peppers devised by an enterprising hotelier. It is also claimed to relate to a requirement for the meat to be from 65-day-old chickens. Still others claim that it means 65 pieces of chicken. [3][4] Yet others claim that the name originated when the vegetarian alternative Gobi 65 was discussed by Romesh Ranganathan on episode 65 of the Off Menu podcast with James Acaster and Ed Gamble.[5]

See also


  1. ^ a b c Susanna Myrtle Lazarus. "The hows & whys of our chicken 65". The Hindu. Retrieved 31 May 2015.
  2. ^ "What is 65 in Chicken 65?". 8 September 2017.
  3. ^ Bhide, Monica (2009). Modern Spice: Inspired Indian Flavors for the Contemporary Kitchen. Simon and Schuster. p. 227. ISBN 978-1-4165-6689-2.
  4. ^ Banerji, Chitrita (2008). Eating India. Penguin Books Limited. p. 161. ISBN 978-81-8475-965-5.
  5. ^ Ep 65: Romesh Ranganathan, retrieved 2022-01-20