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

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    Spice grinder or coffee grinder

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Comments • 3 239

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish   5 months back

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

    • Gud
      Gud  1 weeks back

      All those factors are why I like cilantro

    • Ricardo Alvarado
      Ricardo Alvarado  2 weeks back

      What do you mean it’s toxic. We eat cilantro every day in bunches... it’s not toxic. 110 M Mexicans cannot be wrong

    • Shaune Thomas
      Shaune Thomas  3 weeks back

      I actually love cilantro. I don't see why you think it taste like soap.

    • Rita Wasie
      Rita Wasie  3 weeks back

      D) all of the above

  • Care One Plumbing
    Care One Plumbing  44 minutes back

    You talk to much!!!!!

    • MopsyDaisy
      MopsyDaisy  9 hours back

      ok so...

      *coriander* seeds become *cilantro*


      • SkyDuster
        SkyDuster  13 hours back

        put metric measurements too, imperial units suck

        • Jason Wood
          Jason Wood  17 hours back

          Somehow I always assume I can't cook Indian food by default.
          You made that look reasonably doable.

          • Jacob Mudd
            Jacob Mudd  21 hours back

            I don't have a saucepn. can I use a sauce pan?

            • Phi-Dung Nguyen
              Phi-Dung Nguyen  23 hours back

              Thigh would be overwhelming in a tikka masala context? Except it’s what Indians use dafuq.

              • Liam Bittles
                Liam Bittles  24 hours back

                I hate to say it, Babish... But this isn't a good recipe for Tikka Masala.

                • Kunal Kom
                  Kunal Kom  1 days back

                  there is no tomato paste in tikka masala. please do a good research of this indian dish .

                  • DahVoozel
                    DahVoozel  1 days back

                    1:41 oooh! Spice smoke, DO breath this in!

                    • pizzarollas
                      pizzarollas  2 days back

                      Chicken Tikka Masala was invented in Glasgow Scotland. Quick fact!

                      • Waleed Mansoor
                        Waleed Mansoor  2 days back

                        Pakistani meal nice 👌

                        • teenindustry
                          teenindustry  3 days back

                          youve forgotten turmeric

                          • random95
                            random95  3 days back

                            Made for dinner. It was special!!! Thank you for the great recipe

                            • sheldon pereira
                              sheldon pereira  5 days back

                              Olive oil in Tikka masala.. The sacrilege!!

                              • Madie Rankin
                                Madie Rankin  5 days back

                                Make Butter Chicken!!!!!!!!

                                • CheddarChipRufflez
                                  CheddarChipRufflez  5 days back


                                  • Saloni Wadhwa
                                    Saloni Wadhwa  7 days back

                                    That is wrong because the marinade also is spicy so the ckicken itself is spicy

                                    • Sanika Rasal
                                      Sanika Rasal  1 weeks back

                                      Love it! But it’s called Garam Masala (Hot Masala) not curry powder!

                                      • Egor Trubnikov
                                        Egor Trubnikov  1 weeks back

                                        It is not cinnamon but cassia

                                        • Sanjeeth Mahendrakar
                                          Sanjeeth Mahendrakar  1 weeks back

                                          This way of cooking feels so weird from the POV of an Indian.
                                          We just use actual whole tomatoes instead of the canned ones and all we need to cook is a stove top.

                                          • Oscar vL
                                            Oscar vL  3 days back

                                            Whole tomatoes seems like a much more expensive way of making the curry. I wonder how noticeable the difference is.

                                        • Tanisha Mehta
                                          Tanisha Mehta  1 weeks back

                                          "more interesting" than your local mean whiter? lmao bye i was into the recipe until you thought you make better tikka masala than a brown person lol

                                          • Zander Newson
                                            Zander Newson  2 weeks back

                                            Great british dish

                                            • Alyssa Tusset
                                              Alyssa Tusset  2 weeks back

                                              Ysac did it better

                                              • Francisco Salazar Jr
                                                Francisco Salazar Jr  2 weeks back

                                                Nice watch tho

                                                • Devon Mayfield
                                                  Devon Mayfield  2 weeks back

                                                  Can you do a kadia chicken? I keep trying to find a recipe but can't find one

                                                  • Ricardo Alvarado
                                                    Ricardo Alvarado  2 weeks back

                                                    You are the best!

                                                    • Jamie Ramsay
                                                      Jamie Ramsay  3 weeks back

                                                      This is not our national dish. Wtf are you talking about?

                                                      • Benjamin Kinga
                                                        Benjamin Kinga  3 weeks back

                                                        Was the chicken itself bland? I feel like you should have salted the chicken lightly & the sauce lightly too.

                                                        • kaukev
                                                          kaukev  3 weeks back

                                                          I thought you were supposed to use coconut milk?

                                                          • Archit Sharma
                                                            Archit Sharma  3 weeks back

                                                            It is a national dish of India

                                                            • Nysus
                                                              Nysus  3 weeks back

                                                              Use your strength...

                                                              • ItsJustKarebear
                                                                ItsJustKarebear  3 weeks back

                                                                thank you for making these, everything i've learned about cooking has been from you.

                                                                • Sameer Pathak
                                                                  Sameer Pathak  3 weeks back

                                                                  Why UK? It’s Indian or Pakistani

                                                                  • BeardedDanishViking
                                                                    BeardedDanishViking  3 weeks back

                                                                    Why bother with the gloves?

                                                                    • James Mendoza
                                                                      James Mendoza  3 weeks back

                                                                      You know your favourite-lesser-known-channel’s getting big when they start getting sponsored by Squarespace. 😂

                                                                    • Vancovermycity
                                                                      Vancovermycity  3 weeks back

                                                                      Please make shahi paneer recipe would love that 👌👌

                                                                      • Keho Kreivi
                                                                        Keho Kreivi  3 weeks back

                                                                        Thank you for acknowledging the Cilantro Tastes Soapy affliction. The struggle is real.

                                                                        • Muggins The Jinx
                                                                          Muggins The Jinx  3 weeks back

                                                                          When someone didn't blitz the spices properly and you bite into a cardomon pod 🤢

                                                                          • Mario Pasquarelli
                                                                            Mario Pasquarelli  3 weeks back

                                                                            Cilantro can go straight to hell

                                                                            • Naved Shaikh
                                                                              Naved Shaikh  3 weeks back

                                                                              BANGING WITH BABISH

                                                                              • Javier Patag
                                                                                Javier Patag  3 weeks back

                                                                                Cilantro babies! :-D

                                                                                • suvikram duvvuru
                                                                                  suvikram duvvuru  3 weeks back

                                                                                  Did he just say it's UK national dish.. is there anything British can't loot??

                                                                                  • Ricardo Alvarado
                                                                                    Ricardo Alvarado  3 weeks back

                                                                                    3:34 isn’t that a SERRANO Chili pepper? I thought Bird’s Eyes were red and smaller...

                                                                                    • sepulchur 13
                                                                                      sepulchur 13  3 weeks back

                                                                                      Process them half-way to death

                                                                                      • Anubhav Agarwal
                                                                                        Anubhav Agarwal  3 weeks back

                                                                                        Chicken Tikka with Rice??? No...............

                                                                                        • iPlay43
                                                                                          iPlay43  3 weeks back

                                                                                          "...and baam, here you have it, perfect tikka masala... No I'm just kidding, this is how you get dead."

                                                                                          • Soumyadip Mukhopadhyay
                                                                                            Soumyadip Mukhopadhyay  3 weeks back

                                                                                            Okay I am an Indian who loves cooking. When you used that olive oil in the marinade, i literally died a little bit inside 😅 Where is the Ghee dude? Where is the fucking ghee? 😅
                                                                                            Plus too much of tomato. You needed more onion.