Coronation chicken or coronation chicken: traditional British recipe

Coronation chicken is one of the most emblematic dishes of British gastronomy. It was created in 1953 to commemorate the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II and was tasted at the time by millions of citizens while watching the ceremony at home or celebrating it on the streets.

The popularity of this dish waned for a few decades, but coronation chicken has once again become one of the UK's favorite recipes. And it is not surprising because it is a cheap, easy and tasty dish that can be prepared in advance because it is eaten cold or from the weather.


For 6 people
  • Chicken breast 800 g
  • Onion 125 g
  • Garlic clove 6
  • Salt
  • Laurel leaf 1
  • Black peppercorns 12
  • Sunflower oil (for the sauce) 15 ml
  • Onion (for the sauce) 200 g
  • Ground curry (for the sauce) 10 g
  • Tomato concentrate (for the sauce) 15 g
  • White wine (for the sauce) 85 ml
  • Water (for the sauce) 150 ml
  • Laurel leaf (for the sauce) 1
  • Sugar (for the sauce) 15 g
  • Lemon slices (for the sauce) 2
  • Lemon juice (for the sauce) 15 ml
  • Dried apricots (for the sauce) 6
  • Mayonnaise (for the sauce) 300 g
  • Whipped cream (for the sauce) 45 ml
  • Salt (for the sauce)
  • Ground black pepper (for the sauce)

How to make coronation chicken

Difficulty: easy
  • Total time 50 m
  • Elaboration 20 m
  • Cooking 30 m

We start with the chicken. We boil plenty of water in a saucepan and dip the chicken breast together with the onion, cut in two, the garlic (peeled), the bay leaf, the pepper and the salt. Cook over low heat for 30 minutes. We remove and let it rest for an hour.

Once the chicken is tempered, drain it and shred it with your hands or with the help of a fork. If it is very hot, let it cool down a bit before handling it, but not excessively, as this task is easier to do if the chicken is freshly cooked. We reserve.

We prepare the sauce. Peel and chop the onion and sauté in a wide-based frying pan in the oil for five minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the curry and stir for a couple of minutes to avoid burning.

After this time, add the tomato concentrate, the wine, the water and the bay leaf. When the mixture starts to boil, add the sugar, the slices and the lemon juice and the chopped dried apricots. Season to taste and cook over a low heat for 10 minutes.

We remove the lemon slices and the bay leaf and crush the sauce with an electric mixer and let it warm before adding the mayonnaise and the whipped cream. With the sauce ready, all that remains is to add the chicken in strands, mix well and serve.

What to accompany the coronation chicken

In the UK, coronation chicken is served cold or warm. Although the most common is that it is served as a sandwich filling, it can be served as a single dish garnished with rice, such as canapé on lettuce leaves, etc. For a delicious crisp touch, sprinkle with rolled almonds.

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