Coronation Chicken

I am a day late and a dollar short when it comes to making Coronation Chicken. This dish using spicy mayonnaise was created by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953. I was looking for ideas to use up leftover roast chicken, and this really seemed like a good one. I served the chicken with my baked rotis and whereas this is probably not at all traditional, it was tasty. And worked out to be quite an economical meal.

Coronation Chicken
Coronation Chicken
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A friend recently posted that she had taken part in no buy July. The concept behind this is to avoid any unnecessary spending. She had two aims, one of which was to end up at the end of the month with more money in her bank account. Sadly for her, despite doing no online shopping, and only shopping for necessities, this was not the case. It left her feeling despondent, which I can totally understand. But personally, I think this idea has flaws. We should practice mindful purchasing all the time. It seems people embrace a disposable economy. Clothes get thrown out, toys and books discarded, and no thought it given to the environmental impact. My cousin, who is a stylist, recommends only purchasing a clothing item to replace something. And when you buy something new, it must match at least 3 things in your wardrobe.

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I never buy clothes unless I need them. I have no desire to accumulate a cupboard full of clothes when I can only wear one outfit at a time. And I wear something until it cannot be repaired. If it is still in a good condition I will donate the item. If not, I make sure it goes to recycling and not to landfill. When the aim is to save money, one needs to only spend on what one actually needs. So, even though that bottle of perfume might smell pretty, if you don’t really need it, don’t buy it! And don’t let food go to waste and throw it out. Make the best use of leftovers. Every Sunday we empty out the fridge and make a pasta sauce. It is the perfect way to use up little bits of pieces. Do you have a way of using leftovers?

Baked Roti With Coronation Chicken


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Coronation Chicken

This truly is a recipe of leftovers and pantry / fridge ingredients
Recipe Category: Chicken
Makes enough for: 2 people
All Rights Reserved: An original recipe from Lavender and Lime


  • 100 g apple chutney
  • 40 g mayonnaise
  • 10 mls apricot jam
  • 200 g cold, roast chicken, cut into chunks
  • salt and freshly ground black pepper to season
  • 10 g fresh coriander, roughly chopped


  • Place the chutney, mayonnaise and jam into a bowl and mix to combine
  • Add the chicken and season to taste
  • Garnish with coriander and serve as is, or in a wrap, or with rotis
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22 thoughts on “Coronation Chicken

  1. I have to laugh > since I am somewhat older than you Coronation Chicken is a very, very well known entity I have never particularly liked . . . don’t like cold chicken and do not use mayonnaise and the curry is far, far too mild . . . but . . . reading your simplified version > yes, sounds moreish > shall try, probably with some yoghurt ++ . . . and omit the usual curry powder as you have tho’ at the time ha was essential to keep ‘the Colonies’ happy! . . . and it should be very moreish . . . hanks !

      1. Actually it reads fine the way you have it 🙂 ! I’ll try it for wraps! You see it was sttill very hard to get curry spices after the war but the Royal chefs managed to get some mixed powder. They were so afraid the English and other guests could not manage ‘Indian spices’ you could barely taste the ruddy thing – major wishy-washy!!!

  2. That takes me back, Tandy! I worked in the City (London) at one time, when our three lads were older, and they asked for Coronation Chicken around once a week…Your recipe sounds tasty, but mine was quite different. If I worked late, and time was short – although I often froze a few dishes for such occasions – I would thicken the dish with a tin of concentrated chicken soup, herbs and whatever veg- was over in the fridge, and would sometimes add a layer of pots in the bottom of the dish. All three lads had a very healthy appetite…Cheers.

  3. Coronation Chicken was the first meal I ate for lunch at a restaurant when we moved to Mackay where we live now and I loved it. I’ve never made it though, and really would you never make it again? I’ve since eaten it in England and enjoyed it there too. I think it is a great way to use up cold chicken. During Winter, I use all of the leftovers in soups, but pasta sauce sounds like a great idea. I hate throwing leftovers out, and rarely do. The compost heap benefits a lot though as well which I think is fair enough.

  4. My husband ordered coronation chicken in Scotland, thinking it would be something else entirely. So I had to eat it. But it was so full of mayonnaise (which I love) and so overpowered with curry that I couldn’t eat it! I’m sure this recipe is much better.

  5. I think this would be great in a wrap. Yes I agree with Mimi – too much mayo is not a good thing – tho I do adore kewpie mayo and eat far too much of it 🙂 I mean in her story of her husband’s meal not your recipe!

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