Chicken 65 is one of the classic dishes of South Indian cuisine. It originated from Chennai and was introduced in 1965 at the famous Buhari restaurant.There are few interesting and different historical claims for how the name “Chicken 65” came into existence. Some theories even say that the chicken was cut into 65 pieces and 65 ingredients were used to prepare the dish. Read to know more!
Chicken 65 was introduced at the famous Buhari restaurant in Chennai in the year 1965. They also offer Chicken 78, Chicken 82 and Chicken 90, which were introduced in 1978, 1982 and 1990 respectively.
3. Time to marinate
The marinade for the dish takes 65 days to prepare. However, the reason was to retain its freshness and flavour.
Chicken 65 was made with 65 kinds of spicy chilies (ginger, cumin, curry leaves, turmeric and many more) and peppers.
Yet another source is related to the North Indian army soldiers, who frequently visited military canteens in Chennai. The menu was written in Tamil and the soldiers couldn’t read it. As most soldiers could not read Tamil, they used to order a dish by specifying the dish number which was 65 on the menu. Since then, the dish is popularly known as “Chicken 65”.