Since it’s the weekend, why not have a nice recipe to share that will be enjoyed by everyone! I love my Italian and Mediterranean cuisine but Indian / desi cuisine holds a very special place in my heart. When it comes to cooking, I often times am in mood for a nice well prepared and full on meal but most of the time I am trying out easy yet delicious recipes that will not only cut the cooking time, but also the amount of hard work. This chicken 65 recipe is no different, you will find a ton of variety on the internet and YouTube but this is my take on a very easy yet delicious dish.
Chicken 65 is a very popular Indian dish that is always a crowd pleaser. The original recipe has alot of spices in it, I personally do not like heavy spiced food so this is my Indo-Chinese twist to the original. I’m sure you’ll love it! You can serve it either as an appetizer or a side dish. Let’s get on with the recipe shall we?
Preparation time : 10 minutes
Cooking time : 20 minutes
INGREDIENTS FOR MARINATION :
500 grams boneless chicken breasts
2 table spoons corn flour
1 table-spoon flour (maida)
1 table-spoon red chili powder
1 teaspoon salt
OTHER INGREDIENTS :
2 tablespoon oil
8-10 curry leaves
2-3 green chilies
2 tablespoon soy sauce
1/2 cup ketchup *
- Wash and cut the chicken breast into long strips.
- In a bowl, add all the marination ingredients to the chicken and mix it well. Cover and leave it in the fridge for a minimum 2 hours for the chicken to get well marinated.
- Once you’ve let the chicken marinate well, in a deep pan add enough oil to deep fry the chicken strips. Slowly add one strip at a time and fry until golden brown. Do not overcrowd the pan as the chicken will not cook well! Fry till golden brown and remove.
- Take another pot and add 2 tablespoon oil to it. Slit up the green chilies and keep the curry leaves ready. Once the oil is heated, add the green chilies and curry leaves to the pot. CAREFUL – IT WILL SPLUTTER AND SIZZLE .Lower the heat and stir for 2 minutes max making sure not to burn the chili.
- Add the soy sauce and give a good mix. Increase the heat at this stage.
- Add the fried chicken to the pot and mix everything well.
- Next you wanna add ketchup and mix well.
- Taste and check the level of salt and spice. If you feel it is a tad bit spicy for you, add 1/2 teaspoon sugar to balance it out.
- If you feel it is too dry and would like a more saucy consistency, add ketchup but don’t cook it more.
- Turn off the gas and serve hot! You can enjoy this as a side dish to almost anything.
* Ketchup is what will balance the spice level yet give it a more saucy consistency and a delicious aroma. Typically, red food coloring is added to give the red a hot red color but I don’t like adding food coloring and that’s where ketchup adds both the color as well as taste to it. Alot of people don’t use it but this as I mentioned is what works well for me being quick and easy.
If you try this recipe out, do let me know!