Chicken 65 dry is a popular appetizer served in Indian restaurants. There are many interesting and funny stories on how the dish got its name if you look it up on the internet. It certainly feels great making and recreating this restaurant style recipe at home. If you have not tried this recipe before, I would highly recommend it.
It is best to use boneless chicken thighs for this dish as it is tender and juicy even after it is deep-fried. But you are welcome to use chicken breast as well. For this recipe, the chicken is cut into small bite sizes and marinated for about half an hour. If it is marinated overnight it tastes even better. It is then deep-fried and mixed with sauces like soy, tomato, and chili garlic which gives it a very delicious taste. This best goes with fried rice, ghee rice, or just by itself as an appetizer. Vegetarians can substitute chicken with paneer (cottage cheese) or tofu as well. Now over to the recipe.
Bite sized boneless chicken marinated in spices deep fried and coated with a special sauce
- 15 oz boneless chicken cut into bite sized pieces
- 1/2 cup yogurt
- 1 1/2 tbsp lemon juice
- 1/4 cup chopped coriander leaves finely chopped
- 1/4 cup curry leaves finely chopped
- 1 tbsp ginger garlic paste
- 1 tbsp coriander powder
- 3 - 4 tbsp corn flour
- 1 tsp rice powder
- 1/2 tsp pepper powder
- 1 drop red food coloring optional
- 1/2 tsp cumin powder
- 1/2 tsp garam masala
- 1 tsp Kashmiri red chilly powder as tolerated
- 1 tbsp tandoori masala optional
- 1 tsp soy sauce
- 1 tsp chili garlic sauce
- 1 cup green onions chopped
- 4 pods garlic chopped
- 1/2 cup coriander and curry leaves chopped
Wash the chicken and marinate with the ingredients mentioned in the marinade for frying chicken section for about 30 mins or even better if overnight.
Heat oil in a pan and deep fry the chicken till you get nice red crispy chicken pieces , alternatively you can also shallow fry with a little oil if you like.
Next heat up a little oil and add the bottom portion of chopped green onions .Save the top part for garnish.
Add garlic and sautee for a while
Add soy sauce , chili garlic sauce
Add a little red chilly powder and salt if required
Add the fried chicken pieces and coat it well with the sauce
Garnish with chopped coriander leaves and green onions.