Chicken Tikka Masala | Basics with Babish

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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.
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    + 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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    1. Binging with Babish

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

      1. Incompetence Logistics

        The fact that its possible for people to think not soap tastes like soap. Genetics!

      2. Evie Addy

        that was garam masala you were starting with. its a spice blend curry powder is made from curry leaves

      3. Arkhaan

        Cilantro is what they use to flavour ambrosia of the gods, Hating it is blasphemy!

      4. lucky charm

        Like how you git down

      5. lucky charm

        Love it

    2. Albert Vu

      Probably should've specified green or black cardamom. I was scolded at an Indian market about how they're absolutely not the same thing with completely different flavors.

    3. Mike Pancake

      Minor hindrance but your rice isnt seasoned authentically.

    4. Exhumed Gaming

      Looks good, but chicken thighs is the way to go. You also need some sweetness.

    5. ShadowofHearts

      2:20 The gingers shape is pretty questionable

    6. oberon06

      Glasgow is the home of chicken tikka masala

    7. LaloSupreme

      One NUT....of nutmeg

    8. Daniel Brown

      UK national dish is a culturally appropriated Indian Dish

    9. Garrett K

      "Shove your nose in it and see if you don't arise a changed man" Words to live by 😎

    10. captain cronch

      Instructions unclear, I got dead

    11. Aspen Young

      Should probably warn people not to make this at home unless they want their house to smell like curry for literally the rest of time.

    12. JB

      Probably the closest I’ve seen a non Desi come to replicating one of our recipes tbh

    13. Xtiminator

      I am a robot!!! I am a gay American robot !!! Lol

    14. JAYJAY TA

      I prefer lamb madras

    15. greenuns

      what if you don't have an oven? How can I use a skillet without burning the marinade?

    16. grant zupanc

      Hands down one badass recipe! This has been a go to meal. The only question I have is when is the chicken korma video coming? Thank you for doing what you do 🙏🏼

    17. Rupam Dhal


    18. Matthew Henderson

      Also missing: Ghee

    19. Varun John

      Chicken breast, Olive Oil..!?! That's not how we make it here.

      1. Varun John

        Alexander T. I would smack the hair outta your stupid head but you probably hiding behind your keyboard miles away. Pussy

      2. Alexander T.

        @Varun John baldy 😂😂

      3. Varun John

        Alexander T. Mind your own business baldy

      4. Alexander T.

        oh shut up

    20. Johnathan Bahna

      2:22 jeez that ginger is looking a little uh... yeah

    21. Rotisserie Chiggen

      Thank god I can eat cilantro

    22. KelZ X

      First time watching your video. Digging your style. SUBSCRIBED !

    23. RNG

      lmao the UKs national dish couldnt be more accurate

    24. Lucifer Rex

      Don't use olive oil in chicken marinade. Use ghee

    25. Simon

      >putting cream in it. The fuck?

    26. markinosFM15

      Nobody: Babish: Freshly ground pepper

    27. Apurva Varute

      We Indians never use olive oil in our cooking. This is American Indian chicken tikka 👎🏻

    28. Metal Grazylilmonster

      Can you make chicken Tandoori its my favorite dish 🤤👌🏻

    29. Casey Anderson

      The devil's lettuce!

    30. Reynaldo Justo II

      2:54 Cool hhhwhip

    31. Palak Rajwadi

      i hope u know it's an indian dish... not UK's national dish...

    32. A16AdamWalker

      I wonder how Babish would do with our (UK) real national dish of Roast Beef with Yorkshire Puddings plus all the traditional accompaniments? Tbh I'd challenge him to it just to see if he can pronounce "Yorkshire" correctly (I'm yet to see one US food show that can... it's like Edinburgh, always catches them)

    33. Akshat Kabra

      Its an Indian dish man....well there's a confusion all around the internet about it, but IT IS AN INDIAN DISH

    34. CeresTV

      >Indian dish >National dish of England Kek

      1. CeresTV

        @flowermouth "There are multiple claims to its place of origin such as the Indian subcontinent and the United Kingdom." Copied and pasted from Wikipedia. It was a meme, and it's laughable to think curry is British.

      2. flowermouth

        It's not an Indian dish, it was made in Britain

    35. Rudy Endsley

      That’s how you get dead

    36. j and c


    37. Stevie P

      Favourite Scottish Dish 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿🏴󠁧󠁢󠁳󠁣󠁴󠁿

    38. Mariah J Schaufel

      Hopefully someone can help Me Out. Where can I find his instructions on how to cook rice. No matter what I try I fuck it. Up.

    39. Hero Support

      anyone one else cringe when he brought the raw chicken out of camera view?

    40. Madhabilata Roy

      Chicken tikka is not Britain's national Dish.

    41. Viraj Vyas

      Lots of love from India! Mango lassi 😝😝

    42. Zon

      I eat this crap homemade all the time with naan and mango lassi

    43. Mike Lane

      Ever since watching this i have been on the hardest spice kick of my life. Indian spices now adorn my kitchen and curry has become a staple of my cooking skillz

    44. MarkD1159

      I'm diabetic and can't use sugar in my tomato sauces. Any suggestions to make a tasty version of this sauce that won't make me sick?

    45. BeardedAustrian

      @bingingwithbabish could you use finely chopped carrots as a sweetener instead of the sugar?

    46. Bree Antoinette

      das how u git ded

    47. Taridelm

      omg i thought he actually ate the raw chicken piece

    48. jemel41

      At 2:21 I can't be the only one who thinks the ginger looks like a weird penis o_o

    49. John Boley Jr.

      Tikka Masala actually holds up very well to thigh meat. I use it all the time. Also, Ghee is your friend.

    50. Y.A.N The Elusive

      One singular nut 😂

    51. Molly O'Hara

      “See if you arise a changed man” *me, a woman* fucking eh that curry powders magic, new cock hu dis

    52. Jhax Aldana

      1:00 was that... a Steve1989MREInfo reference?

    53. Little Reptilian

      Curry powder without kurcuma? Wtf?

    54. gamer

      *advice from an indian* -> dont do this in your house, buy a grill/stove for your backyard and do it there.

    55. zachyg

      i know you were secretly dying inside when you said you cooked your chicken breast to "160". i bet you secretly cooked that shit to 140-145 bro, 150 tops.

    56. Mithi

      how can i subscribe to you more

    57. Arun Krishnamurthy

      4:40 UK's national dish?

    58. Bradley Hiemstra

      What's the difference between it and butter chicken and korma?

    59. bruce willis

      why bake the rice I meber heard of this before..someone explain please is it better?

    60. I Knew it

      It _looks_ spicy

    61. Easy Cooking with Naz

      Nice video super👍👍👏👏👌👌👌👌💞💞💞

    62. jholotan best

      Babish you forgot that India sepertaed from the UK :(

      1. Louis Romero

        No he means the dish was invented or at least popularised in the UK, by indian immigrants.

    63. Ishaan Sharma

      Does anyone realize he made a dick with ginger 2.20

    64. Big_Bod Nani

      Babish you gotta go back to the basics never add oil to water 😭😭😭

    65. Ashley A

      "That's how you get dead"

    66. Justin Richter

      Back of a knife works for ginger as well.

    67. Tony, The Stark

      Tip: trade in the heavy cream for some coconut milk. It will elevate the curry to a whole other level.

      1. Tony, The Stark

        @Jack Chase It is tikka masala after all... so it either has coconut (or yogurt), but no heavy cream at all.

      2. Jack Chase

        That makes it an Asian style curry if he was to do that. But I do agree, Asian curry tastes better.

    68. Fox McCloud

      Good thing Gordon Ramsay wont say "chicken shitta masala" cuz this looks good than the roasted twitter dude

    69. Zane Pasha

      turmeric has left the chat

    70. Amanda Le

      My brother and I tried the recipe and it turned out great for a first attempt. We decided to add a bit of butter into the sauce at the end to thicken it. We think a bit less tomato would make it less sour (so that we don't have to add more sugar to balance out the acidity). You bet we're definitely going to give this another shot. Parents loved it.

    71. John G

      If you play this at .75 playback, it's suddenly "Drunk Binging With Babish"

    72. Alan Mac

      Good to see you making some British food.

    73. Lauren Bray

      This and butter chicken are my favorite. I never make it though because I don't have all the spices needed yet.

    74. Marwand Kochai

      Monk fish turducken from malcolm in the middle plz

    75. sciencesyfy

      Grandpa would be proud

    76. Rob Bob

      My mom made this and it was so good!

    77. Nicolas Bertin

      Olive oil in Indian cooking ? No chilies ? No turmeric ? What the hell are you cooking ? I know Tikka Masala isn't technically Indian, but only Indian inspired, but still...

    78. Archaeology Decline and fall of my hair line

      Fun fact the chicken tikka masala was invented in Glasgow

      1. Archaeology Decline and fall of my hair line

        yes really the story goes like this sometimes many years go probably either in the 1990s are 80s to be honest that part might be bulshit a drunk Scotsman went into a Glaswegian curry restaurant and said can I get a chicken tikka with sauce please masala in Hindi so far as I know means sauce and the Indians just went ok and they made him a chicken tikka with sauce which is a chicken tikka masala

      2. Sam Wasee


    79. Stefan Szczygiel

      I tried this recipe and it changed my life. I never knew I could make a curry that tastes so good. Genuinely restaurant-quality food right here.

    80. varun009

      My mom makes the marinade the day before. Let's the flavors infuse.

    81. RedKnarf

      Thank you so much for this. Me and the family love this recipe! We prepare it at the weekend and freeze some for the times we usually would have ordered take out. We experimented with coconut milk instead of heavy creme and when you season it a bit more this adds some interesting touch to the dish.

    82. Ashen tcg

      just kidding, don't do that, that's how you get ded I laughed so hard

    83. Amanda bree

      Please do Patricas 77 sandwiches from Bobs burgers. Doesn’t have to be 77 but like how ever many you can make out

    84. Nathan

      Tikka Masala was invented in my home city of Glasgow, purely because in the 70's the curries were too strong so tikka masala was invented as a "white people friendly" option

    85. The Life Of Me

      “And there you have it, chicken tikki masala... just kidding that’s how you get dead.

      1. The Life Of Me

        I think that these are some of the best most funny videos ever, plus I learn about how to make new foods, my parents have actually made some of these before.

    86. Imsophiehey

      the joke about eating raw chicken is exactly what I am here for

    87. Wryme

      Just made this. I've discovered I am really not a fan of cloves. I'll use 1/4th the amount of cloves the recipe calls for next time. Really sucks, cuz I can definitely taste what makes the dish so great. I know better for next time

    88. FMFvideos

      such a joker

    89. Chris Kunt

      Thank the gods someone posted an actual recipe instead of that tastemade shit

    90. Jon Raborn

      Why does he sounds like Bob from Bobs burgers

    91. Camarila

      I have always shied away from making curry as it's a strange to me, but this video is definetely inspiring me to try and make some! I truly appreciate making the spice mix from scratch! Looks fabulous Also... that's the biggest sugar bag I have ever seen!

    92. Rishabh kumar

      Ab ye sikhaenge hume bc?

    93. Amrita Singha Ray

      Indian food 😍😍😍

    94. ShadowLordxsx

      I must have gotten some bad spices as my attempt at the curry powder smelled horrid, tasted vile and my tongue is still numb an hour later. After wasting that much $, i will just buy the curry powder I used before as it was pleasant and a lot cheaper

      1. ShadowLordxsx

        Following everything minus the homemade curry powder, after adding the chicken and simmering... It tastes really good, I have some garlic herb naan and going to make cumin infused basmati rice to go with it

    95. Pahu

      Making this for my family tonight, except with some veges added. Can't wait!

    96. Caryn Wilhelm

      Thanks for being so transparent when you're being paid to promote something

    97. riechan9

      Thanks for this recipe and love your way of going through the recipe! I get heavy migraines from tomato paste so I'm not adding that. Is there anything I can change it for?

    98. warspite1995

      cilantro, what the heck is that. Do you mean coriander?

    99. Emperor Mouse

      I swear Indian food is the best cuisine in the world. It's literally a flavor explosion every time you eat. My mouth is watering now....I think I'm gonna go order this.

    100. GrizzlyDemon

      Missed out ground almond as a texture enhancer and sweetener though!