The coronation chicken history

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Have you ever tried a Coronation chicken sandwich from your supermarket? Its sweet and creamy taste have enchanted our palates for over half a century. This seasonal sandwich is the perfect blend of sweet and savoury and has rapidly become Britain favourite lunch treat. With King Charles III Coronation being upon us, we could not help but finding out about the famous coronation chicken origins.

What is Coronation chicken?

The coronation chicken is made with cooked chicken served with a mayonnaise based sauce, with dried apricots, raisins, crème fraiche, white onions or shallots, bay leaf, curry powder, red wine, lemon juice, a hint of salt, pepper and a pinch of sugar. It is creamy, light and packed with rich flavours. It was served warm with rice accompanied by a salad.

Where did it originate from?

Originally called “Chicken Queen Elizabeth” from the French “Poulet Reine Elizabeth”, it was created in 1953 by Le Cordon Bleu London. A world renown French culinary school dated from the 16th century which is now acknowledged UK best culinary school. The dish was first served accompanied with rice for Queen Elizabeth’s Coronation and as become ever since Britain royalty dish.

How is it eaten now?

There are a number of variation now, including Coronation wraps, bagels, stuffed croissant but most importantly the coronation sandwich. This week make sure to grab one of those and celebrate King Charles III and Queen Camilla‘s coronation on Saturday 6th of May. If you would like to follow a traditional Coronation Chicken recipe check the video below.


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