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|Course||entree or quick snack|
|Place of origin||India|
|Region or state||Hyderabad|
|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. Vegetarian variants like "Paneer 65" or "Gobi 65" use paneer (cottage cheese) or cauliflower instead. 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 also mentions this.
Another account claims that it is a dish containing 65 chilli peppers devised by an enterprising hotelier.
As explained by food enthusiast Aniruddha Chande, "The dish was at 65th number on the menu of the hotel, that's why the name."