The Original Coronation Chicken

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!


1 tablespoon extra-virgin olive oil 
2 tablespoon white onion (or 1 shallot) 
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 
1/4 teaspoon brown sugar 
200 g mayonnaise 
125 g creme fraiche (or unsweetened whipped cream) 
1 tablespoon dried apricots 
2 large skinless chicken breasts 
salt & pepper to taste 
3 tablespoon toasted almond flakes 



  • 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!

**NOTES Substitutions: 

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 


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