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coronation chicken in a bowl with salad and a cinnamon stick and dried apricots to the side

Coronation Chicken

This Coronation Chicken recipe is absolutely delicious. It has a real depth of flavour that hides it's simplicity. Warmly spiced, fruity but creamy it really earns it's classic reputation. Studded with apricots and raisins it is perfect as a salad or filling for sandwiches or suchlike. Quintessentially British Summertime.

Course Main Course, picnic, Salad
Cuisine English
Keyword chicken salad, coronation chicken
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 20 minutes
Total Time 35 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 439 kcal


Roast Chicken

  • 4 medium chicken breasts best you can afford
  • 10 whole black peppercorns
  • 1 large bay leaf
  • 1 large carrot chopped roughly
  • 1 large onion chopped roughly
  • 1 cinnamon stick

Coronation Sauce

  • 2 tbsps mild curry powder
  • 100 grams mayonnaise
  • 50 grams plain yoghurt
  • 2 tsp worcestershire sauce
  • 20 grams sultanas
  • 40 grams ready to eat dried apricots chopped finely
  • 5 tbsps mango chutney
  • 1 small bunch coriander chopped
  • salt for seasoning


  1. Put the chicken breasts into a snug fitting saucepan and cover the chicken in water so that it is 2 inches above the chicken. Add the carrot, onion, cinnamon stick, bay leaf and 10 peppercorns.

  2. Bring to a simmer then cook until the chicken is cooked through. Usually about 15-20 minutes.

  3. Take it out and set aside to cool.

  4. Meanwhile put the curry powder in a saucepan and toast for a minute or so until you can smell the spices in the air. Keep a close eye on the pan as they can burn easily. I keep moving them about with a wooden spoon.

  5. Tip them into a bowl with 100 mls of mayonnaise, 50 mls of plain yoghurt, 5 tbsps mango chutney and mix well together. Add the sultanas and apricots if using. Season to taste.

  6. Add the chicken to the sauce and mix well through. Refrigerate for a couple of hours before adding the coriander when ready to eat.

  7. Apply to Picnic Face

Recipe Video

Recipe Notes

  • You can poach a whole chicken and strip it for this salad. Just add the meat as usual.
  • Great for left over Roast Chicken but you will probably need less of the dressing.
  • Use a spicier curry powder or mango chutney to ramp up the spice.
  • Omit the sultanas and apricots if they are not to your taste.
  • Add some slivered almonds for some crunch.


Nutrition Facts
Coronation Chicken
Amount Per Serving
Calories 439 Calories from Fat 189
% Daily Value*
Fat 21g32%
Saturated Fat 3g19%
Cholesterol 105mg35%
Sodium 321mg14%
Potassium 888mg25%
Carbohydrates 27g9%
Fiber 4g17%
Sugar 17g19%
Protein 35g70%
Vitamin A 2352IU47%
Vitamin C 6mg7%
Calcium 83mg8%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.