Easy Coronation Chicken Recipe

Coronation Chicken. Getty
  • 30 mins
  • Prep: 10 mins,
  • Cook: 20 mins
  • Yield: 4 Servings
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Coronation Chicken is a great way to use up leftover chicken. The dish is  lovely served with a rice salad, as a jacket potato filling, and great for lunch boxes, picnics and buffets. How versatile and how easy to make.

What You'll Need

  • 1 tbsp vegetable oil
  • 1 small onion, peeled and finely chopped
  • 1 tbsp mild curry paste
  • 1 tsp tomato puree
  • 1 tbsp red wine
  • ¼ pint / 125ml chicken stock
  • 1 bay leaf
  • Sea salt and black pepper
  • 1 tsp sugar
  • Juice of ½ a lemon
  • 1 pint /450ml good quality mayonnaise
  • 4 tbsp apricot jam
  • 2 tbsp double cream, lightly whipped
  • 1 lb/ 450g free-range cooked chicken, diced
  • 2 tbsp toasted flaked almonds

How to Make It

  • In a frying pan, heat the oil to hot not burning. Add the onion and cook over low heat for 3- 4 minutes. Stir in curry paste and cook for a further 2 minutes. Stir in the tomato paste. Take care not to b
  • Remove from the heat and stir in the red wine, chicken stock and bay leaf. Season with sea salt and black pepper return to the heat and bring to a fast boil. Stir in the sugar followed by the lemon juice and simmer on a gentle boil for 5 - 10 minutes. Strain the sauce through a sieve into a jug and leave to cool.
  • Slowly add the curry sauce mixture to the mayonnaise, do not do this too fast as you need to the sauce and mayo to be thoroughly combined. Next stir in the apricot jam and finally, fold in the cream.
  • Place the cooked chicken in a large bowl, pour over enough sauce to coat the chicken. Any remaining sauce can be frozen for future use. Taste and adjust the seasoning.
  • Serve the Coronation Chicken with a rice salad, or it makes a delicious filling for a baked potato. Use in sandwiches or even stuffed into pitta bread.

This recipe also works well with cooked turkey.

Brief History of Coronation Chicken

The dish was designed for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1952 as a representation of the, then, colonial nature of the British Empire so includes fruit, curry and mayonnaise. There may no longer be a British Empire, but this recipe remains a firm favourite all over the British Isles.

Coronation Chicken has made something of a comeback with a resurgence of interest in serving it at the Queen's Diamond Jubilee in 2012 when street parties and celebrations marking the Queen's 60 years on the throne. It was a fitting time to bring back the old classic.