Hi, Ray here again.
The launch of a competition in the UK to create a special dish to mark the Queen’s diamond jubilee (60 years on the throne) has prompted a lot of people to find out just what is in the original coronation chicken dish. There are several coronation chicken recipes amongst the range of curry recipes on the Curry Focus website so you can check out the details for yourself.
The original coronation chicken dish was created for the silver jubilee of George 5th (Queen Elizabeth’s grandfather). The dish was called Jubilee Chicken and a different version of this dish was created for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth 2nd.
Elizabeth came to the throne in 1952 although her coronation did not take place until 1953. The recipe for the dish was published at the time. But food rationing was still in effect in the UK at this time, some 7 years after the end of the 2nd World War. So the British population used their ingenuity to come up with a version of the dish that they could make with the limit ingredients available. And this is probably why there are so many different recipes for coronation chicken.
The coronation chicken dish is basically chicken in a curried mayonnaise sauce but you often see recipes that contain ingredients such as fruit, nuts, yogurt and cream. The dish is usually served as part of a salad but coronation chicken sandwiches are commonplace in the UK where they can be bought in lunch bars and cafes in the city and town centres.
It’s going to be interesting to see what dishes are created for this year’s diamond jubilee event. Will it be a variation on coronation chicken or will it be something totally new? We’ll find out in a few months.