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Chicken 65 Recipe
By : Sify Bawarchi
Category : Chicken, Tamilnadu
Servings : 5
Time Taken : 15-30 mins
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Unlike its healthy counterpart the tandoori chicken, chicken-65 is a calorie laden dish that is deep fried. It is not certain where the dish originated from, however, it`s extremely popular in the southern states of India especially Chennai.

The dish makes for an excellent starter, bar food or tapas, snack, side dish so on and so forth. There are several preparation methods or techniques for this dish and one`s creativity has no bounds in limiting the usage of many techniques available. The original recipe does not call for a tempura batter as some purists would agree while the modernized method of cooking chicken 65 involves an additional step of a tempura bath. Either ways, the end result is delectable munch and sheer joy of satisfied eating!

Pre-preparation:
In a small deep bowl add all the ingredients and seasoning except chicken.
Mix the ingredients and seasoning well till you get a reddish paste.
Apply the paste all over the chicken.
You could cut down the chicken to small bite sizes.
Coat the chicken well with the marinade and let it sit in the fridge wrapped in a cling film for 1-2hrs.
Pierce the chicken with a fork to ensure the marinade seeps in well.
Since the chicken are cut down to small bite sizes, overnight marination is not required but would not alter the dish in any way.

For chicken 65:

  1. Remove the meat from fridge after two hours or next day.
  2. In a heavy bottom wok or kadhai heat oil for deep frying.
  3. Take a few pieces of marinated chicken and rub it in the flour.
  4. Dust away excess flour.
  5. Dip it in the egg and fry it in the oil.
  6. Depending on the breadth and amount of oil add chicken pieces do not over crowd the wok, else chicken might take longer to cook, will not be crispy and will end up soaking more oil.
  7. Transfer on kitchen towel or absorbent napkins and repeat the process for remaining pieces of chicken.
  8. Once done in the same oil golden brown some garlic and sliced onions
  9. Serve it as garnish on the chicken- 65.

Notes:
1) You could use maida instead of corn flour and rice flour. Ensure the excess maida is dusted off.
2) In states like Andhra, once the chicken pieces are fried, they are sauteed again in a mixture of tempered mustard seed, curry leaves, sliced onions, garlic and a spoon full of curd. The chicken is sauteed till the curd is dry and well absorbed by the chicken.

Time taken: - Marinate - 1 hrs, cook - 30-40 mins

Ingredients:
500 gms - chicken
250gms - yogurt
1 tsp - ginger paste (heaped)
1 tsp - garlic paste (heaped)
1 tsp - sugar
2-3 tbsp - lime juice
Oil for deep frying

Seasoning:
Salt, according to taste ( sea salt if available)
1 tsp - pepper powder
2 tbsp - cayenne pepper
2 tbsp - red chilli powder
2 tbsp - coriander powder
1 tsp - garam masala
Red food colour, optional
2 tsp - chat masala
1 tsp - turmeric powder

For coating:
1 - egg, beaten
3 tbsp - corn flour
1 tbsp - rice flour

Garnish:
Fried onion, Garlic, capsicum
Spring onion, chopped
Coriander, finely chopped

Accompaniments:
Mint chutney

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