By French Tart on August 10, 2007
Photo by CaliforniaJan
Photo by CaliforniaJan
"This is my adaptation of the much loved and famous recipe created by Constance Spry for the Queen's Coronation lunch in 1953. I make this regularly for picnics and buffets; it is also amazing as a sandwich filler. In 1953, curry powder would have been used - but I find that curry paste works better. Use any type of poached or cooked chicken - I usually cook a couple of chicken breasts just for this recipe, however, a whole cooked chicken works very well; don't forget to remove the skin and check for bones first. This recipe is based on the Coronation Chicken recipe in: The Constance Spry Cookery Book by Constance Spry & Rosemary Hulme (1956)."
Serving Size: 1 (314 g)
Servings Per Recipe: 4
"I felt as though I was going to see the Queen herself today when I made this. My guests surely felt as though they were dining with royalty. I made this earlier in the day, (I actually had the chicken cooked from a prior day) I also had put together the onion sauce last evening, so all I did while people were getting settled was whip the heavy cream. I folded the cream gently into the mayonnaise onion mixture, and added the cool chicken just tossing lightly. I made some fresh bread yesterday, and cut rounds with a biscuit cutter and piled the chicken salad atop the round bread. Oh this is delicious, FT. The taste is so smooth and very, very special. I added a little bit of apricot preserves as a side for my guests to add to the bread and chicken. Perfect, FT! Will use again, and again."
"Made these into YUMMY sammies for Easter Sunday nibble lunch. I overcooked my chicken breasts, so I shredded them up finely and used 300ML of cream to disguise the dryness. I made and refrigerated the coronation chicken the night before, and made the sandwiches right before they were eaten, with watercress and chives mixed into the filling. They went like hotcakes!"
"WOW-this looked so unique I just had to try it and I was so happy I did-DELICIOUS!!! I served on a bed of greens w/ bread on the side. Thank you for a great recipe, French Tart! Made for the Think Pink Tag Game In Honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, October 2008."
"I made this yesterday for a tea party that I had attended. I used incdeb's Apricot Jam recipe for the tablespoon that I needed for this recipe. I made profiteroles and filled them with the salad and boy, did they go fast. Luckily, I left some at home so my husband could enjoy them. This is definitely a keeper. Thank you so much for sharing this recipe."
"Outstanding!!!!!!! This is the type of recipe that leaves you lacking the words to describe the experience. I wanted to get the "1950's" experience- so I used curry POWDER instead of PASTE. (If it was outstanding with POWDER - I can just imagine what this will be like with curry PASTE!) Thank you for sharing. I'm sorry it took me so long to submit the review for this - fantastic recipes like this shouldn't have to wait for a 5 star review!"
"Hello FT, I've had this recipe marked for quite a while but after a trip to London this summer where we had Coronation Chicken Salad at the Churchill War Rooms Museum and loved it, I had to make your recipe. It is sooo good and easy to make. I made it exactly as posted and will add it to my book of this year's best. Many thanks for posting."