Coronation Chicken

Creamy chicken with a hint of curry, flavoured with tangy chutney and an added crunch of slivers of almond. A versatile chicken dish that can be eaten on its own cold or warmed up. Add this to your favorite bread and you have a meal fit for a queen!



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Lunch or Dinner


Coronation Chicken

A recipe fit for a queen! This dish was created for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, when the nation still under rationing restrictions, this dish was considered extravagant. A creamy chicken dish, commonly used as a sandwich filling, can easily be adapted as a chicken salad or served warm with rice.


Chicken Salad Ingredients

  • 3 Cups cooked chicken (white meat)
  • 2Tbsp¬†spring onion
  • 10 dried apricots
  • 2 Tbsp sliced almonds – toasted
  • 3 Tbsp fresh cilantro – chopped
  • 3 Cups Arugula (or salad leaves)
  • Salt to taste

Salad Dressing Ingredients

  • 1/3 Cups yogurt
  • 1/4 Cup mayonnaise
  • 1 Tsp curry powder
  • 1 – 2 Tsp Lalies Rooibos Infused Chutney
  • 1/2 Tsp paprika
  • 1 Tsp lime juice

Step by Step Instructions

STEP 1 – Prepare dressing

Prepare the dressing. Mix yogurt, mayonnaise, curry powder, Lalies chutney, paprika and lemon juice in a bowl. Add more curry powder if you want a more spicy taste.

STEP 2 – Roast almonds

Toast almonds in a dry pan on medium heat. Shake the pan regularly until the almonds are medium brown. Immediately remove from heat and place in a separate bowl. Let it cool.

STEP 3 – Prepare chicken

Cut chicken into bite-size chunks (ours are approx 1/2 inch blocks). We used cooked chicken breasts. You can also shred your chicken if you wish. We used steamed chicken, but you can also use roasted store-bought chicken, whatever you have available.

Tip – for a more juicy chicken breast, poach your chicken in chicken stock with fresh herbs, such as thyme. bay leaves and parsley.

Slice spring onions.

Chop apricots in small chunks (approx 1/4 inch size).

Chop cilantro.

STEP 4 – Mix ingredients

Combine chicken, spring onions, apricots, almonds, cilantro and arugula.

Tip РSubstitute the apricots with fresh apple, raisins or fresh grapes. For the almonds, you can also use other nuts such as walnuts 

STEP 5 – Mix

Add dressing to the bowl and mix it all together. Add salt and pepper to taste.

STEP 6 – Enjoy!

Garnish with additional sliced apricots and roasted almonds if preferred. Serve with fresh bread/bagels or as a refreshing salad on its own!

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