Constance Spry, an English food writer and flower arranger,
and Rosemary Hume, a chef, are credited with the invention of coronation
Preparing the food for the banquet of the coronation of
Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Spry proposed the recipe of cold chicken, curry
cream sauce and dressing that would later become known as coronation chicken.
Coronation Chicken may have been inspired by Jubilee Chicken,
a dish prepared for the silver jubilee of George V in 1935, which mixed chicken
with mayonnaise and curry.
Shredded chicken, from a
3 tbsp mayonnaise
2 tbsp crème fraiche, or plain
1-2 tsp medium curry powder –
adjust to taste
1 tsp ground cinnamon
Zest of 1 lime
Juice of 1 lime
½ tsp salt
Ground black pepper
1 tbsp mango chutney
Golden sultanas – as many as
1. Mix everything
except the chicken in a bowl. Adjust to taste and adjust quantities for more
2. Mix the combined ingredients with the chicken.
3. Serve – with baked potatoes, pasta,
quinoa, rice or salad.
You can leave this chilled in the fridge until you are ready for it.