Easy Coronation Chicken

Coronation chicken

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Prep: 10 mins
Cook: 20 mins
Total: 30 mins
Servings: 4 servings
Nutrition Facts (per serving)
1123 Calories
102g Fat
20g Carbs
30g Protein
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Nutrition Facts
Servings: 4
Amount per serving
Calories 1123
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 102g 131%
Saturated Fat 19g 93%
Cholesterol 159mg 53%
Sodium 1054mg 46%
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 1g 4%
Total Sugars 12g
Protein 30g
Vitamin C 8mg 40%
Calcium 55mg 4%
Iron 3mg 15%
Potassium 406mg 9%
*The % Daily Value (DV) tells you how much a nutrient in a food serving contributes to a daily diet. 2,000 calories a day is used for general nutrition advice.
(Nutrition information is calculated using an ingredient database and should be considered an estimate.)

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.


  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil

  • 1 small onion, finely chopped

  • 1 tablespoon mild curry paste

  • 1 teaspoon tomato puree

  • 1 tablespoon red wine

  • 1/4 pint chicken stock

  • 1 medium bay leaf

  • Sea salt, to taste

  • Freshly ground black pepper, to taste

  • 1 teaspoon sugar

  • 1 1/2 tablespoons freshly squeezed lemon juice

  • 1 pint (450 milliliters) mayonnaise

  • 4 tablespoons apricot jam

  • 2 tablespoons double cream, lightly whipped

  • 1 pound (450 grams) cooked chicken, diced

  • 2 tablespoons toasted sliced almonds

Steps to Make It

  1. Gather the ingredients.

  2. In a frying pan, heat the oil to hot, not burning. Add the onion and cook over low heat for 3 to 4 minutes.

  3. Stir in curry paste and cook for 2 more minutes. Stir in the tomato paste.

  4. 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.

  5. Stir in the sugar, followed by the lemon juice, and simmer on a gentle boil for 5 to 10 minutes.

  6. Strain the sauce through a sieve into a jug and leave to cool.

  7. Slowly add the curry sauce mixture to the mayonnaise. Do not do this too fast, as you need the sauce and mayo to be thoroughly combined.

  8. Next, stir in the apricot jam.

  9. Finally, fold in the cream.

  10. Place the cooked chicken in a large bowl and pour over enough sauce to coat the chicken. Any remaining sauce can be frozen for future use. Taste and adjust the seasoning.

  11. Serve the coronation chicken with a rice salad. It also makes a delicious filling for a baked potato. Use in sandwiches or even stuffed into pitta bread.

Recipe Variation

  • 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 it includes fruit, curry, and mayonnaise. There may no longer be a British Empire, but this recipe remains a firm favorite 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 mark the Queen's 60 years on the throne. It was a fitting time to bring back the old classic.