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|Course||Appetizer, street food|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Chennai|
|Main ingredients||chicken, ginger, garlic, red chilles|
|Variations||Taste varies by region and restaurant.|
|Cookbook: Chicken 65 Media: Chicken 65|
Chicken 65 is a spicy, deep-fried chicken dish originating from Chennai, India, as an entrée, or quick snack. The flavor 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. While the name "Chicken 65" is universally used to refer to the dish, there are many different theories claiming its origins.
Chicken 65 was a dish introduced in 1965 at the Buhari Hotel restaurant  in Chennai by its founder A.M.Buhari. 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 1990s. A report in The Hindu in 2013 mentions this too. There is competing claims that the dish was invented by D.K. 65, an Indian chef living in London.
Other variations include Manoj's Chicken 2016.
Another account claims that it is a dish containing 65 chilli peppers devised by an enterprising hotelier.
As explained very clearly in a video by a celebrity chef , " The dish was the 65th item on the menus of various restaurants in Hyderabad, that's where the name comes from."