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 • 3 404

  • 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?

    • 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  1 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)

    • Louis Eguchi
      Louis Eguchi  4 weeks back

      Please do a chicken Korma!

  • ShiivaWilding
    ShiivaWilding  20 hours back

    God bless the Scottish for this incredible invention!

    • Girlfriend
      Girlfriend  2 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  6 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  5 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  1 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  2 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.

                                                                                      • Gulnaaz Afzal
                                                                                        Gulnaaz Afzal  3 weeks back

                                                                                        And what is missing is naan, samosas, mango lassi and some Khorma. Hahahah sure!

                                                                                        • steven song
                                                                                          steven song  3 weeks back

                                                                                          this is what cooking looks like if you have ocd.