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 • 3 563

  • Binging with Babish
    Binging with Babish   8 months back

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

    • Suzy Qew
      Suzy Qew  3 days back


    • Jessica in the Kitchen
      Jessica in the Kitchen  2 weeks back

      😂😂😂 all the above

    • Kawaii Kitten
      Kawaii Kitten  2 weeks back

      Binging with Babish Cilantro is demon spawn

    • Matwok
      Matwok  3 weeks back

      My least favourite about coriander is that people don't like it. I love it and fortunately most of my (remaining) friends also love it :)

    • staytunedfor
      staytunedfor  4 weeks back

      @Sam Swomley Thank you ... "Do you want white cilantro rice or tomato cilantro rice?" No, I want a real choice.

  • Sarthak Hambir
    Sarthak Hambir  24 hours back

    He should make the minecraft cake

    • Jacob Kantor
      Jacob Kantor  1 days back

      yogurt does not belong in indian food

      • Zen Goraksha
        Zen Goraksha  1 days back

        no turmeric? :(

        • Suzy Q
          Suzy Q  2 days back

          no one wants to talk about him baking his rice huh

          • Snigdha Kucharlapati
            Snigdha Kucharlapati  3 days back

            mango laa-see is the only I'm pronouncing luh-sssi from now

            • Aarya patil
              Aarya patil  3 days back


              • Overwatch 17
                Overwatch 17  3 days back

                Mine ended up brown instead of orange. I also undersalted it. Still pretty good.

                • Suzy Qew
                  Suzy Qew  3 days back

                  I share your affliction!!

                  • Andrew Cole Photography

                    I did! Enjoy it, I mean!! Sorry actually I loved it! Have been making a lot of BIR curries lately but wanted to do the whole coffee grinder thing and boy am I pleased I took the leap. Coffee grinders are only £20 on Amazon. When I tasted it I almost cried and I haven’t cried while eating since the 9 course taster Michelin star meal I had in Paris once, yea cried! The chef came out and shook my hand when he found out lol.

                    • mochtesh
                      mochtesh  4 days back

                      Waiting for that Mango Lassie video. I used to make it all the time in Germany but can't seem to find the right ingredients here in the States.

                      • Mr Ricky
                        Mr Ricky  5 days back

                        Great Scottish Dish 💙. Was invented in Glasgow when the customer asked for some gravy with his dry chicken. And the Chef made what was on hand.

                        • Dave Kent
                          Dave Kent  5 days back

                          1:00 MRE Steve detected

                          • Nostalgia For Infinity

                            2:25 That ginger looks like a penis. And watching it being grated is not a pleasant sight.

                            • magzire
                              magzire  6 days back

                              I actually hate ginger

                              • norkami L
                                norkami L  7 days back

                                Can cream be used as a substitute for yogurt?

                                • Jeffrey Wilson
                                  Jeffrey Wilson  1 weeks back

                                  Was great! I live pretty rural, so much so that the three people I talked with about curry, and myself, thought it came from a ground up curry plant previously. Thank you for expanding horizons.

                                  • Rajeswari Ghosh
                                    Rajeswari Ghosh  1 weeks back

                                    Every time i hear the word Curry powder i roll my eyes🙄

                                    • chirag Sethi
                                      chirag Sethi  1 weeks back

                                      Only when I shifted to UK and saw frozen food being sold so much I started respecting the effort and techniques put into Indian food and I started respecting that.

                                      • Nostalgia For Infinity
                                        Nostalgia For Infinity  6 days back

                                        Yeah, it's a good thing refrigeration of produce hasn't caught on in India. Everything still comes from local farms and markets (for the most part). And nobody stores their food for more than a couple of days, even in restaurants. Looking at all the frozen food that Gordon Ramsay deals with in Kitchen Nightmares makes me want to throw up.

                                    • Faisal Reza
                                      Faisal Reza  1 weeks back

                                      Mustard oil instead of olive oil brings out more flavor....

                                      • SaltySeaBee
                                        SaltySeaBee  1 weeks back

                                        "thats how you get d e a d"

                                        • Vivian Starling
                                          Vivian Starling  1 weeks back

                                          “And there you have it, your Tikka chicken masala.”
                                          Rip the people who thought that that’s actually Tikka Chicken Masala. 😭

                                          • Violetta Singh
                                            Violetta Singh  1 weeks back

                                            UK national dish? UK NATIONAL DISH?

                                            • Kukku Atts
                                              Kukku Atts  1 weeks back

                                              England dictated over us for 250 years... Now we've infiltrated every place, every field in their country

                                              • MTrX SKuLLs
                                                MTrX SKuLLs  2 weeks back

                                                Where's the Kashmiri chilli

                                                • Euan Thompson
                                                  Euan Thompson  2 weeks back

                                                  It isn't real. Make Butter Chicken!

                                                  • Dan Z
                                                    Dan Z  2 weeks back

                                                    HOW CAN YOU BE A CHEF AND NOT LIKE CILANTRO? That's like an artist who is colorblind. Okay im done complaining. Thank you BWB for gracing us with your savory wisdom. You are forever loved in our stomachs.

                                                    • Barca Fan Club
                                                      Barca Fan Club  2 weeks back

                                                      The English stole everything from India....didn't even leave the chicken tikka.

                                                      • Jamil Rahman
                                                        Jamil Rahman  2 weeks back

                                                        British national dish 😂😂😂😂 love it

                                                        • Mark Strouthes
                                                          Mark Strouthes  2 weeks back

                                                          That was grate.

                                                          • SamBlue
                                                            SamBlue  2 weeks back

                                                            Good effort, but too much work. I’d do it if I knew I could eat this frequently.

                                                            • Daniel Tíjaro
                                                              Daniel Tíjaro  2 weeks back

                                                              What's the difference between cilantro and parsley? Are they the same? Because I'm from Colombia and I know for sure that cilantro means parsley for me. I'm confused

                                                              • Ishaan Sharma
                                                                Ishaan Sharma  2 weeks back

                                                                anyone noticed the dick shaped ginger

                                                                • VerdeTraks
                                                                  VerdeTraks  2 weeks back

                                                                  Don't be afraid to put that thigh meat in Babish! Homemade spice mixes are the best though.

                                                                  • lady bird
                                                                    lady bird  2 weeks back

                                                                    That was awesome!!
                                                                    And I could help with an amazing samosa recipe

                                                                    • TheRealDPD
                                                                      TheRealDPD  2 weeks back

                                                                      Am I the only one who thinks that the Ginger looked like a Penis?

                                                                      • Tremis77
                                                                        Tremis77  2 weeks back

                                                                        Those are European Sweet Laurel bay leaves. Indian recipes use Teja Patta bay leaves from what I can tell. They taste completely different.

                                                                        • Motia Mangi
                                                                          Motia Mangi  2 weeks back

                                                                          Tikkaa always go well with paratha. This is the most popular dish after biryani.

                                                                          • The Swarm
                                                                            The Swarm  2 weeks back

                                                                            I'm starting to smell like tech support. Someone help me.

                                                                            • Sweet Sweety
                                                                              Sweet Sweety  2 weeks back

                                                                              Sir, you talk and illustrate with no punctuation!😥

                                                                              • meincke5
                                                                                meincke5  2 weeks back

                                                                                2:19 ginger penis....

                                                                                • Travel The World
                                                                                  Travel The World  2 weeks back

                                                                                  You have to add a little more oil to cook the dry ingredients. But it looks great!

                                                                                  • Deserve Not Desire
                                                                                    Deserve Not Desire  2 weeks back

                                                                                    The korma would be appreciated tho lol.

                                                                                    • Sonia
                                                                                      Sonia  3 weeks back

                                                                                      You should do biryani next on your indian food kick!

                                                                                      • youreanonshareer
                                                                                        youreanonshareer  3 weeks back

                                                                                        No ghee??

                                                                                        • Yatharth Verma
                                                                                          Yatharth Verma  3 weeks back

                                                                                          Chicken Tikka Masala isn't a indian dish UK has ruined a lot of the food from the subcontinent

                                                                                          • Floki Arms
                                                                                            Floki Arms  3 weeks back

                                                                                            If anyone ever wants to make chicken tikka masala in a hurry, I know Fred Meyers and Safeway (at least in the U.S) sell premade gravy/sauces. I've used them a few times, they're not bad. Not as good as making it from scratch but still good.

                                                                                            • Shafiya Nawzer
                                                                                              Shafiya Nawzer  3 weeks back

                                                                                              Let’s be real! That’s not tikka masala 😭🤷🏻‍♀️🤦🏻‍♀️ You should check a local recipe and do justice