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coronation chicken topped with toasted almond flakes on a bed of salad leaves

The Original Coronation Chicken

Course: Appetizer
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 5 minutes
Cook Time: 5 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Servings: 6
Calories: 476kcal
Make a British royal dish in just 10 minutes! Classic Coronation Chicken is super easy to prepare and great for sandwiches, salads and jacket potatoes!
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  • 1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil
  • 2 tablespoon white onion (or 1 shallot) finely chopped
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 2 teaspoon mild curry powder
  • 1 teaspoon double-concentrated tomato paste
  • 60 ml red wine
  • 60 ml water
  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
  • ¼ teaspoon brown sugar
  • 200 g mayonnaise
  • 125 g creme fraiche (or unsweetened whipped cream)
  • 1 tablespoon dried apricots finely chopped
  • 2 large skinless chicken breasts (600 g or 6 cups) cooked and shredded or cut into chunks
  • salt & pepper to taste
  • 3 tablespoon 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 cooked chicken breast, and mix gently all the ingredients together. Finally, add in toasted almond flakes if you using.
  • Serve the coronation chicken with a salad, rice or as a filling for jacket potatoes and sandwiches. Enjoy!



  • Apricots: substitute with 2 tablespoons mango chutney.
  • Almonds: substitute with 1-3 tablespoon sultanas.
  • Celery: feel free to add 1 celery stick finely chopped.
  • Cinnamon: feel free to add a pinch of cinnamon powder.
How to cook the chicken:
You can simply grill or steam the skinless chicken breasts (you can also use skinless and boneless thighs if you like).
How To Store:
You can store coronation chicken leftovers in an airtight container and keep it in the fridge for up to two days. I don't recommend storing it in the freezer.
How to Serve:
There are endless ways to serve it! Here are a few of my favourite ways:
  • in a sandwich
  • over a bed of salad leaves
  • with basmati rice
  • with grilled veggies
  • as a topping for a jacket potato
Platinum Jubilee Dessert:
Looking for the perfect Platinum Jubilee pudding? Try my Platinum Jubilee trifle recipe!


Calories: 476kcal | Carbohydrates: 6g | Protein: 11g | Fat: 45g | Saturated Fat: 10g | Cholesterol: 63mg | Sodium: 351mg | Potassium: 303mg | Fiber: 1g | Sugar: 4g | Vitamin A: 402IU | Vitamin C: 2mg | Calcium: 67mg | Iron: 1mg