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 • 3 401

  • 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?

    • Noah HackZ
      Noah HackZ  3 weeks back

      Binging with Babish mate, I love coriander (cilantro)

    • Louis Eguchi
      Louis Eguchi  3 weeks back

      Please do a chicken Korma!

    • Impulse 311
      Impulse 311  3 weeks back

      mainly its obsequious disposition.

    • Fatima Khan
      Fatima Khan  4 weeks back

      It's called Tikka for a reason.

  • Girlfriend
    Girlfriend  15 hours back

    Cilantro babies!

    • Boo Bax
      Boo Bax  1 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  1 days back

        Thanks for the hard work Babby

        • CStarFlare
          CStarFlare  2 days back

          use your strength


          • Elliott Schelske
            Elliott Schelske  3 days back

            omg finally someone who grinds their own curry powder

            • Aarij Anwer
              Aarij Anwer  4 days back

              Qorma next, please

              • Dog Tooth
                Dog Tooth  4 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  3 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  5 days back

                Every step is flavor bombs!

                • Girish Malage
                  Girish Malage  6 days back

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

                  • James Howell
                    James Howell  5 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  7 days 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  7 days 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  1 weeks back

                          it's Indian boy

                          • Alicaido
                            Alicaido  1 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  2 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.

                                                                                        • Kyle Brouwn
                                                                                          Kyle Brouwn  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Me: *doesn't know this video exists yet*
                                                                                          Also me: *has frozen tv dinner chicken tikka masala for lunch*
                                                                                          YouTube recommendations: hey wanna learn how to make that yourself?
                                                                                          Me: wtf?