Coronation Chicken on a bed of salad leaves with fork on the right side

The Original Coronation Chicken

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 4
Author: The Petite Cook
Can you believe it takes only 10 minutes to make a British royal dish? The Original Coronation Chicken is super easy to prepare, and makes a great condiment for anything from sandwiches, salads, baked potatoes or simply toasted bread!
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  • 1 tbsp extravirgin olive oil
  • 2 tbsp white onion (or 1 shallot) finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 tsp curry powder
  • 1 tsp double-concentrated tomato paste
  • 60 ml red wine (1/4 cup)
  • 60 ml water (1/4 cup)
  • 1 tbsp lemon juice
  • 1/4 tsp brown sugar
  • 250 gr mayonnaise (1 cup)
  • 250 gr creme fraiche (or unsweetened whipped cream) (1 cup)
  • 1 tbsp dried apricots finely chopped
  • 2 large skinless chicken breasts cooked and cut into chunks
  • Salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tbsp toasted almond flakes (optional)


  • Heat the extra-virgin olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-low heat.
  • Add in the onion, bay leaf and curry powder and gently cook for 2 minutes.
  • Add in the tomato paste, red wine and water and bring to a gentle boil.
  • Add in the lemon juice and a pinch of sugar, then season with salt and freshly cracked black pepper to taste.
  • Simmer for 2 minutes, until the sauce is slightly reduced, then remove from the heat. Strain the sauce through a fine sieve and allow it to cool.
  • In a large bowl mix together the prepared sauce with the mayonnaise, creme fraiche and finely chopped apricots.
  • Add in the chicken breast chunks and mix gently all the ingredients together. Fold in toasted almond flakes if you like.
  • Serve the coronation chicken with a salad, rice or as a filling for jacket potatoes and sandwiches. Enjoy!