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Coronation Chicken

Coronation Chicken

Coronation Chicken

Coronation Chicken is a traditional recipe, first developed to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation, hence the name. A delicious dish and a British classic. And don’t worry if you make too much, it’s great the next day in sandwiches or on jacket potatoes.

Ingredients (serves 6):

  • 6 skinless chicken breasts Photo of a plate of coronation chicken
  • 2 tsp. mild curry powder
  • 150 g (5oz) mayonnaise
  • 125 g (4oz) crème fraîche
  • 3 tbsp. mango chutney
  • 1 tsp. Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 celery sticks, finely chopped
  • 75 g (3oz) dried ready-to-eat apricots, chopped
  • 50 g (2oz) sultanas
  • 50 g (2oz) flaked almonds
  • Large handful fresh coriander, chopped



  1. Put the chicken breasts into a large pan and cover with cold water. Bring to the boil, then turn down the heat and simmer gently for 15min or until the chicken is cooked through (slice a breast in half to check). Drain and leave until completely cool
  2. Whilst the chicken is cooking, heat a small frying pan and toast the curry powder, stirring continually, until it smells fragrant (about 30sec). Empty it into a large bowl and stir through the next seven ingredients from the list above, along with plenty of seasoning
  3. Cut or rip the cooled chicken into bite-sized pieces and add to the mayonnaise mixture, along with most of the flaked almonds and chopped coriander. Stir well and check the seasoning
    • (Steps 1-3 can be done the day before)
  4. To serve, garnish with remaining almonds and coriander.