Chicken 65

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Chicken 65

Chicken 65 is a spicy, deep-fried chicken dish originating from Chennai, India, as an entree, or quick snack .The flavour of the dish comes from ginger, garlic, red chilles and vinegar although the exact recipe can vary. It can be prepared using chicken on or off the bone. Curry leaves play an important role in the flavor.

While the name "Chicken 65" is universally used to refer to the dish, there are many different stories for how the name came about.

Many sources claim Chicken 65 was a dish introduced in 1965 at the famous Buhari Hotel restaurant [1][2] in Chennai by its founder A.M.Buhari, a pioneer in the South Indian food industry They also offer Chicken 78, Chicken 82 and Chicken 90, introduced in 1978, 1982 and 1990 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 90s.[3][4] A report in The Hindu in 2013 mentions this too.[1] The introduction of the dish in the year 1965 was well documented with advertisements in national dailies like The Hindu and A.M.Buhari didn't want to monopolize the product by patenting the recipe which would hinder the global popularity of the product. Mr.A.M.Buhari was recognized by the Government of Tamil Nadu and was made Sheriff of Madras for the 1973-74, a post given to civilians who excelled in their fields. He was considered as the pioneer in the Indian restaurant Industry with a chain of restaurants at key locations in Madras and he also founded Chennai's first ever star rated hotel in the year 1965. Buhari Hotel in Anna Salai, Chennai was the finest restaurant to dine in Chennai in 1950s & 1960s and also trend setters in food which cannot be denied.

Other tales on the reason for the name are mentioned below, but cannot be proved:

  • The dish is said to require 65 days to prepare the marinade, but this is unlikely for reasons of freshness and flavour.[1][clarification needed]
  • One account claims that the dish emerged as a simple meal solution for Indian soldiers in 1965.[clarification needed]
  • Another account claims that it is a dish containing 65 chilli peppers devised by an enterprising hotelier.[5][6][7][8]
  • The name is also claimed to relate to a requirement for the meat to be from 65-day-old chickens.[1][clarification needed]

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