Coronation chicken

Coronation chicken or Poulet Reine Elizabeth[1] is a combination of cold cooked chicken meat, herbs and spices, and a creamy mayonnaise-based sauce. It can be eaten as a salad or used to fill sandwiches.[2]

Coronation chicken
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Created byConstance Spry and
Rosemary Hume
Main ingredientsChicken meat, herbs and spices, mayonnaise-based sauce


A prepacked coronation chicken sandwich

Normally bright yellow, coronation chicken is usually flavoured with curry powder or paste, although more sophisticated versions of the recipe are made using fresh herbs and spices and additional ingredients such as flaked almonds, raisins, and crème fraîche. The original dish calls for dried apricot and not raisins, and uses curry powder instead of Indian curry paste made from scratch, as fresh Indian curry spices were almost unobtainable in post-war Britain.


Constance Spry, an English food writer and flower arranger, and Rosemary Hume, a chef, both principals of the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London, are credited with the invention of coronation chicken.[3][4] 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.[5]

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. Additionally, for the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, another celebratory dish was devised, also called Jubilee chicken.[3]

See also


  1. "Platinum pudding for Queen's jubilee to follow 1953's coronation chicken". the Guardian. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  2. The Sunday Times (1 July 2007). "Coronation Chicken". Times Online. London. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  3. "Recipe for Jubilee Chicken". Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  4. The Daily Telegraph (1 June 2002). "Readers' recipes: Coronation chicken 2002". London. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  5. Buckingham Palace. "50 Facts About The Queen's Coronation". Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2010.
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