Chicken 65 vs. Chicken 555: Key Differences Uncovered

If you’re a fan of Indian cuisine, you might have encountered the mouthwatering choices of chicken 65 vs. 555. Do you want to know what’s the difference between these two Indian non-veg recipes?

Let’s break down the basics without getting tangled in culinary complexities.

Key Takeaways

Chicken 65 boasts a tangy and spicier flavor profile, delivering bold and zesty notes typical to Hyderabadi cuisine. In contrast, Chicken 555 offers a spicier taste, with almost no acidity at all–if you ordered chicken 555 tastes sour, believe that the recipe has been modified.

What is Chicken 65, and How is it Made?

Originating from Andhra Pradesh in the 1960s, Chicken 65 is a crispy delight available as street food. 

To make the chicken, 65 boneless chicken cubes/strips are marinated in a mixture of curd, lemon juice, ginger and garlic paste, chopped curry leaves, mustard powder, garam masala, Kashmiri red chili, black pepper, cumin powder, and salt

After marination, a few tablespoons of rice flour is added to marinated chicken and then deep-fried in hot oil until golden brown. Originally, chicken 65 is not tossed in any sauce, but it’s dry tossed in fried garlic, green chilis, and curry leaves with a lot of black pepper. Yet, many may add ketchup and red chili sauce to it as well before serving it.

What is Chicken 555, and How is it Made?

Hailing from Hyderabad in the 1990s, Chicken 555 shares a marinade similar to its counterpart, yet the taste varies with a burst of spiciness and heat owing to the use of everything you can find in an Indian kitchen. 

To make chicken 555, 2-3 inch long chicken strips are marinated in a blend of flour, cornstarch, and eggs and then stir-fried. 

Later, to prepare the coating for the chicken, ginger and garlic, onion, cumin powder, garam masala powder, dry coriander powder, turmeric powder, red chili powder, curry leaves, mint leaves, and salt are sauteed in a pan, then the chicken is added and tossed. 

The result is a spicy but less sour chicken.


Whether you’re into the tangy zest of Chicken 65 or the simply chili charm of Chicken 555, both dishes promise a delightful journey through Indian flavors.

It’s all about personal preference, so why not savor both to find your perfect match? 

Happy eating!

Cashmere M
Cashmere M

Cashmere M is a passionate culinary explorer and food writer with 25 years of home kitchen experience. This blog is a treasure trove of her insights into worldwide cuisine, cooking techniques, and expert knowledge of kitchen tools and gadgets. What's more... she's always seeking the healthiness of ingredients before putting them on her plate because she believes what you eat creates your internal environment: either healthy or unhealthy. So, to her, food isn't just a passion; it's a lifelong journey to taste and healthiness that you're welcome to join.

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