Coronation Chicken is a classic British dish that has been enjoyed for over six decades. Created in 1953 to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's coronation, it is a dish that has stood the test of time and is still popular today. It’s a great example of how a simple recipe can be elevated with the right combination of spices and ingredients.
The dish consists of cooked chicken (or turkey!) pieces mixed with a mayonnaise-based sauce that has been flavoured with curry powder, mango chutney, and other spices. The dish is typically served cold and is perfect for a light lunch or as part of a picnic spread. It is also a popular choice for parties and other events, as it is easy to prepare in advance and can be served as a finger food or as a sandwich filling.
One of the best things about Coronation Chicken is its versatility. The recipe can be adapted to suit different tastes and preferences. For example, some people like to add sultanas or raisins for a sweeter taste, while others prefer to add chopped nuts for extra texture. You can also vary the spiciness of the dish by adjusting the amount of curry powder and chilli flakes used.
Coronation Chicken is also a great way to use up leftover cooked chicken. Simply shred the chicken into bite-sized pieces and mix it with the sauce. This is a quick and easy way to turn plain leftover chicken into a delicious and flavourful meal.
In addition to its great taste, Coronation Chicken is also a relatively healthy option. Chicken and turkey are lean sources of protein, while the spices and chutney used in the sauce are packed with antioxidants and other beneficial nutrients. If you're watching your calorie intake, you can also use a low-fat or light mayonnaise in the sauce.
Whatever your plans for King Charles and Queen Camilla’s Coronation on Saturday 6th May, whether you're hosting a Coronation party, going on a picnic, or simply looking for a tasty family lunch option, this classic dish is a must-try. Its delicious flavours and versatility make it a timeless favourite that will continue to be enjoyed for generations to come!