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Tuesday, 3 March 2015

Soft and Juicy Chicken 65

Soft, juicy and spicy Chicken 65 - The ultimate starter recipe

chicken 65

Have you all come across this thought - Why does chicken 65 in restaurant alone is so soft, juicy and full of flavours?! Well I have had this thought atleast a dozen times. Earlier mostly we buy readymade chicken 65 masala powder. Though it was flavouful and good, it wasn't as soft and juicy as we get in restaurants.
One day my friend Indhu gave me a wonderful tip of marinating the chicken in lemon juice first which eventually led to these ultimate Chicken 65. 
There are two main things that I consider important to get a perfect soft and juicy Chicken 65
  • First marinate the chicken in lemon juice and salt up to 4 hours ( minimum 1 hour )
  • Fry the chicken in medium high flame until it is just cooked. Cooking for too long can also make the chicken run out of all the moisture.
chicken 65
And one more thing, this is the recipe I use in my Chicken 65 Biryani - one of the popular posts in our space!!!

Chicken 65

Soft, juicy and spicy Chicken 65!!!
Prep time:  Cook time: 
Total time:  Yield: serves 3 to 4

Bite-sized / cubed Chicken pieces: 3/4 Kg 
Big Lemon: 1 
Salt: to taste
Red Chilli Powder: 2 and 1/2 tsp
Coriander Powder: 1 and 1/2 tsp
Cumin Powder: 3/4 tsp
Pepper Powder: 3/4 tsp
Turmeric Powder: 1/2 tsp
Ginger Garlic Paste: 1 tbsp
All Purpose Flour: 2 tbsp 
Corn Flour: 4 tbsp
Oil: for frying

1) Clean the chicken pieces by washing with water at least twice. Drain all the water and make sure they are dry. Add lemon juice and little salt.
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2)  Mix well and keep aside for 4 hours. After 4 hours, add ginger garlic paste, red chilli powder, coriander powder, cumin powder, pepper powder, turmeric powder, all purpose flour, cornflour and the remaining salt.
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3) Mix well and keep aside for another 1/2 hour. Heat oil in a kadai and drop the chicken pieces one by one ( Do it in batches without crowding too much as it will reduce the oil temperature )
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4) Fry the Chicken pieces in medium high flame. After one side of the chicken pieces are cooked flip over and cook on the other side too. Cook till they are evenly browned. Drain the chicken pieces in a tissue paper.
 I always do a taste test with a small piece to check if they are done and note the timings for the next batch ( This way I need not test  for each and every batch which will eventually lead me to eating the whole lot :) )

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That's it soft, juicy and flavourful chicken 65 is ready for grab!!! Serve hot with onions and lemon wedges...
chicken 65
1) Marinate the chicken pieces in lemon juice and salt for a minimum of 1 hour as it will yield the best soft and juicy chicken.
2) Cooking time is very essential in getting perfect chicken 65. It may vary depending on the size of chicken pieces and the heat of your stove. But don't worry, you will definitely get it right. Just do some taste test and see which you like the best.
3) The colour of the chicken mainly depends on the colour of your red chilli powder.

Check out my top favorite Chicken 65 Biryani recipe here !!!
Chicken 65 Biryani


  1. tempting presentation,yummy!!

  2. really tempting..beautiful presentation....

  3. My hubby's favourite..looks too yumm dear

  4. Gosh! The crunch is so good for munching. In fact I can imagine how the taste would have been right after frying.

  5. That looks wonderful! And I love the combination of spices.

  6. Delicious chicken 65 , this is perfect recipe.

  7. Actually I was searching for a good chicken 65 recipe...... This sounds really good and tempting me to make it.... Crispy and juicy ......... perfect recipe...... :)

  8. Absolutely yummy!¨...Lovely clicks!!

  9. Hi Jayanthi,

    Nice to hear from you at my blog...

    Your blog is awesome and these chicken look yummy :D


  10. Tempting, they look so nice nad crunchy

  11. These chicken bites look lipsmackingly delicious! Bet you can't stop just eating a few of them. I would devour all of them.

  12. definitely drooling for this hit dish..:P spicy juicy yummy chicken..;) pakka dish...

  13. Wow... looks very yummy :)... feel like having it right now....

  14. Love your step by step pictorials! Awesome job :)restaurants in south delhi