Chicken Tikka Masala | Basics with Babish

  • Published: 28 March 2019
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    One of my favorite curries is the beloved chicken tikka masala. You can make this dish at home by making your own curry powder and tikka masala sauce.

    Shopping List:
    + For the curry powder:
    1 stick cinnamon
    1 whole nutmeg
    2 dried bay leaves
    1 Tbsp whole cloves
    2 Tbsp cumin seeds
    3 Tbsp coriander seeds
    1 Tbsp cardamom
    1 tsp red pepper flakes

    + For the chicken tikka masala marinade:
    1 cup full fat yogurt
    2 inches ginger, grated
    2 garlic cloves, grated
    1 Tbsp of the homemade curry powder (above)
    Kosher salt
    Freshly ground pepper
    Drizzle of olive oil
    3 boneless, skinless, chicken breasts (cut into 1-inch cubes)

    + For the tikka masala sauce
    2 inches ginger, grated
    1/2 small yellow onion, finely minced
    2 cloves garlic, grated
    1 small bird's eye chili, finely minced
    2 Tbsp vegetable oil
    1 Tbsp tomato paste
    1 heaping Tbsp homemade curry powder (above)
    1 28-ounce can of crushed tomatoes
    Pinch of white sugar
    3/4 cup heavy cream

    Optional: serve with long grain basmati rice and cilantro garnish

    Special Equipment:
    Spice grinder or coffee grinder

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Comments • 3 407

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish   6 months back

    What’s your least favorite thing about cilantro: its flavor, its known toxicity, or its role in the subprime mortgage crisis?

    • How to Cut a...
      How to Cut a...  7 hours back

      It’s the worst. 🤮

    • ajason495
      ajason495  1 days back

      i always tell people this- it tastes like someone took grass clippings, added lemon juice and a healthly squeeze of dawn dish soap. mix together and voila- what cilantro tastes like to me.
      then they always say- you drink dawn dish soap. no its what it smells like I imagine it would taste like

    • alluvermin
      alluvermin  2 days back

      I have the dish soap taste gene.

      I like the taste still.


    • Noah HackZ
      Noah HackZ  3 weeks back

      Binging with Babish mate, I love coriander (cilantro)

  • Shreya Girish
    Shreya Girish  3 hours back

    more spice babish. no such thing as less spicy. only the strong can eat this.

    • jmc
      jmc  4 hours back

      Ghee is the flavour of India

      • ShiivaWilding
        ShiivaWilding  1 days back

        God bless the Scottish for this incredible invention!

        • Girlfriend
          Girlfriend  3 days back

          Cilantro babies!

          • Boo Bax
            Boo Bax  3 days back

            Wondered why I can't pallet curry.. it's the nutmeg and cloves. 2 of the worst flavors ever imo

            • Boo Bax
              Boo Bax  3 days back

              Thanks for the hard work Babby

              • CStarFlare
                CStarFlare  4 days back

                use your strength


                • Elliott Schelske
                  Elliott Schelske  5 days back

                  omg finally someone who grinds their own curry powder

                  • Aarij Anwer
                    Aarij Anwer  6 days back

                    Qorma next, please

                    • Dog Tooth
                      Dog Tooth  7 days back

                      The UK's national dish ? 😂😂😂 they don't have something British? This is Indian food and this version is barebones and incorrect. But good effort

                      • Lady Pinkymoe
                        Lady Pinkymoe  6 days back

                        Uk's national takeaway British-Indian dish, he should have said lmao. Like Chinese food in the West is Western-ified, this is the same thing with indian food. And the Brits they love it!

                    • Jose Ramos
                      Jose Ramos  1 weeks back

                      Every step is flavor bombs!

                      • Girish Malage
                        Girish Malage  1 weeks back

                        Chicken Tikka: UKs National Dish...that was hilarious!

                        • James Howell
                          James Howell  7 days back

                          Pretty true though; wasn't it invented because Brits couldn't handle proper spice? Certainly would have to be on any table showing off British cuisine, right up there with the full English breakfast, fish and chips and haggis.

                      • Elliott Lars Olsen
                        Elliott Lars Olsen  1 weeks back

                        Wow, you're unbelievably arrogant and bougie. All of my local Indian restaurants are run by actual Indian folks, and I guarantee they make everything better than you in your peer-funded apartment.

                        • Cega1985
                          Cega1985  1 weeks back

                          My local indian places might fight you about that comment

                          • LuxuryDesiigner
                            LuxuryDesiigner  1 weeks back

                            my fave dish

                            • Ovidius
                              Ovidius  2 weeks back

                              I do it with coconutmilk✌

                              • Akku gaur
                                Akku gaur  2 weeks back

                                it's Indian boy

                                • Alicaido
                                  Alicaido  2 weeks back

                                  alternatively: do use your grinder for both coffee and spices to commence on a wild ride of bad ideas

                                  • Emre Geylani
                                    Emre Geylani  2 weeks back

                                    UK's national dish??

                                    • Kevin Bihari
                                      Kevin Bihari  2 weeks back

                                      Lol, thats how you get dead

                                      • Patryk Bic
                                        Patryk Bic  2 weeks back

                                        careful using ground cloves vs whole cloves, i used too much ground cloves and it came out bitter as hell

                                        • FattyMcButterPants
                                          FattyMcButterPants  2 weeks back

                                          Garbage, what youd expect from a white dude

                                          • Smash Bros. Ultimate Trailers

                                            Why is everyone so anal about how to make this dish? So many videos on the dish have so much hate

                                            • Immortal-Pumpkin
                                              Immortal-Pumpkin  2 weeks back

                                              is a grill on a uk oven the same as a broiler

                                              • Mikey L
                                                Mikey L  2 weeks back

                                                Drop the gloves ffs

                                                • prateek surana
                                                  prateek surana  2 weeks back

                                                  Nopes,nada! ..this aint how chicken tikka is cooked

                                                  • Bruno Bursic
                                                    Bruno Bursic  3 weeks back

                                                    Omg I dislike cilantro too! It tastes like weird soapy stuff... I love correander seeds in indian cooking, just discovered indian, soooooooo overwhelmingly tasty.

                                                    • kingzaxx productions
                                                      kingzaxx productions  3 weeks back

                                                      I used ghost Chile’s for this DO NOT MAKE MY MISTAKE I AM STUPID AND EVERYONE ME ESPECIALLY REGRETTED IT

                                                      • A Nii
                                                        A Nii  3 weeks back

                                                        Too much work besides that’s too rich in favor

                                                        • Jobu_Cerrano
                                                          Jobu_Cerrano  3 weeks back

                                                          Love the vids, this channel is among one of my favorites. I have noticed this phenomenon lately, and I don't understand. Yes, people will probably cry that I am some sort of stupid hippie, but what is the deal with cooks being afraid of getting their hands dirty and using all these latex and plastic gloves these days? It is so wasteful. It seems like another method of destroying the earth when a simple rinse under the faucet would suffice. Just asking, don't get it.

                                                          • zack bop
                                                            zack bop  3 weeks back

                                                            did you ever do naan?

                                                            • oski1128
                                                              oski1128  3 weeks back

                                                              Tikka MaGÓWNO

                                                              • K K
                                                                K K  3 weeks back

                                                                Does anyone know of an authentic curry powder that can replicate the curry powder he made? Most of those ingredients are tough to find for me.

                                                                • Hot Wheels
                                                                  Hot Wheels  3 weeks back

                                                                  Tikka Masala originated in Glasgow Scotland

                                                                  • Hey It's Vher
                                                                    Hey It's Vher  3 weeks back

                                                                    Dont attack me but i really find it super weird when ppl bake rice. Like y?

                                                                    • Paul Di Libero
                                                                      Paul Di Libero  3 weeks back

                                                                      Naan! Yes! When?

                                                                      • Matthew Palanca
                                                                        Matthew Palanca  3 weeks back

                                                                        YES, FAM. TIKKA TIKKA MASALA ALL DAYYYYY

                                                                        • rudeboymon
                                                                          rudeboymon  3 weeks back

                                                                          I could eat that everyday

                                                                          • Matthew Kefford
                                                                            Matthew Kefford  3 weeks back

                                                                            Had to pause the video to see what on earth a broiler is!

                                                                            • Martin Ďatko
                                                                              Martin Ďatko  3 weeks back

                                                                              3:47 chilli bit: "Freeeedooooooom!"

                                                                              • kumar Ankit
                                                                                kumar Ankit  3 weeks back

                                                                                This preparation is wrong on so many levels

                                                                                • Nilajit Sinha
                                                                                  Nilajit Sinha  3 weeks back

                                                                                  you missed to add the smoky flavour and use red onion

                                                                                  • Glen M Lj
                                                                                    Glen M Lj  3 weeks back

                                                                                    2:13 that made me sneeze. Thrice

                                                                                    • Kay
                                                                                      Kay  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Cilantro tastes like Tide, but I love all the things it’s in so I eat through it anyways.

                                                                                      • K K
                                                                                        K K  3 weeks back

                                                                                        What does... Tide taste like? I'm scared for you.

                                                                                    • VoiceOfReasonXXX
                                                                                      VoiceOfReasonXXX  3 weeks back

                                                                                      So, your "curry powder" is essentially garam masala? Why not call a spade a spade?

                                                                                      • Norbert Didics
                                                                                        Norbert Didics  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Are we going to ignore that BIG PENIS SHAPED piece of ginger???!

                                                                                        • Abhimanyu Singh
                                                                                          Abhimanyu Singh  3 weeks back

                                                                                          I'm an Indian and This is not chicken tikka masala. Period.