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Coronation Chicken Curry

April 11, 2018 (Last Updated: May 4, 2020) by Chris Collins

Coronation Chicken is an absolute British classic. This recipe takes a cold sandwich filler and turns it into a dreamy creamy coronation chicken style curry. Super quick and easy, this dish is sure to be on the table for your next family dinner!

overhead shot of curry in oval shaped bowl on white sheet

Coronation Chicken

Coronation chicken is literally my child hood in a dish. You know those sandwich filler packs you get from the supermarkets? With some thick, chunky tiger bread? Yup, that’s the reason I’ve never had a six pack! But more positively that’s what has inspired this easy coronation chicken recipe I’m sharing will you today!

For those of you who are thinking ‘what is coronation chicken and why is this boy talking about sandwiches’ I’d be happy to clear things up.

What is Coronation Chicken?

Coronation chicken is traditionally a cold dish, often made with leftover chicken in a mayonnaise based dressing. The most common ingredients in such dressing alongside the mayo, is curry powder and some sort of fruity aspect, such as mango or sultanas. It’s insanely delicious, trust me.

Hot Coronation Chicken

As you can already tell, I’ve eaten enough coronation chicken to last me a lifetime, so it was time to take things to the next level. I’ve kept the same traditional flavours of coronation chicken, just altered the texture into a dreamy creamy curry that’s perfect to serve hot over rice for dinner.

closeup shot of coronation chicken in oval shaped bowl garnished with flakes almonds

Coronation Chicken Marinade

All good curries start with a marinade and this is no exception. The marinade serves 2 purposes:

  1. Tenderizes the chicken.
  2. Injects flavour into the chicken.

For this recipe we’re going with boneless skinless chicken thighs. Chicken thigh tends to be more flavoursome than breast. It’s also more difficult to overcook and tends to be slightly softer and more tender. You can however sub chicken breast if that’s what you’ve got on hand.

The marinade is incredibly simple and consists of plain yogurt, garlic & ginger and curry powder.

How long to marinate for?

A minimum of 1 hour, up until overnight. Even 30mins will work a treat! So as long as you have time for.

how to marinate coronation chicken - 3 step by step photos

Coronation Chicken Curry

Once you’ve marinated the chicken it’s on to the curry. As far as ‘curry in a hurry’ goes this is pretty darn close from here on out. Here’s what you’ll need:

  • Curry Powder
  • Green/Spring Onion & Coriander/Cilantro
  • Sultanas & Mango Chutney
  • Giner & Garlic
  • Chicken Stock & Heavy Cream
  • Yogurt
Top Tip #1 – Ensure you char the chicken a little, this will add an extra layer of flavour. Make sure you give the chicken room to fry, work in batches if you need to.
Top Tip #2 – Toast the curry powder to bring out the best of it’s flavour! Just a minute of two before you pour in the liquids will do the trick.

How to make coronation chicken curry - 6 step by step photos

Serving Coronation Chicken Curry

When it comes to serving, as I mentioned earlier it goes fantastically with rice.

I have addressed this in the recipe notes, but I’ll say it again – don’t forget the toasted flaked almonds. I know, look how pretentious I’ve become! Pre-food blogger Chris wouldn’t even know what an almond was, let alone one that’s been toasted and flaked! But all jokes aside they compliment this dish beautifully. Not only do they add a nice little crunch, but the flavour blends so well with the other ingredients. So unless you have an allergy, they’re definitely a must 🙂

If you like the sound of this curry then definitely check out my Slow Cooker Chicken Curry (Tikka Masala Style)!

Alrighty, let’s tuck into the full recipe for this coronation chicken shall we?!

Coronation Chicken served with rice in a white bwol with golden spoon and fork

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How to make Coronation Chicken Curry (Full Recipe & Video)

Coronation Chicken close up with toasted flaked almonds

Coronation Chicken Curry

Coronation Chicken is an absolute British classic. This recipe takes a cold sandwich filler and turns it into a dreamy creamy coronation chicken style curry. Super quick and easy, this dish is sure to be on the table for your next family dinner!
5 from 3 votes
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Course: Dinner / Main Course
Cuisine: British
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 20 minutes
Marinating: 1 hour
Total Time: 30 minutes
Servings (click & slide): 4
Calories: 488kcal
Cost per serving: £2 / $2.50

Equipment:

  • Medium Mixing Bowl & Cling Film (for marinade)
  • Sharp Knife & Chopping Board
  • Large Deep Frying Pan & Wooden Spoon
  • Serving Spoon & Bowl

Ingredients (check list):

  • 1.2lb / 600g Boneless Skinless Chicken Thighs, diced in to bite sized chunks

Marinade

  • 1 cup / 250ml Unsweetened Plain Yogurt
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Salt
  • 1/2 tsp Black Pepper

Sauce

  • 1 cup / 250ml Heavy Cream, at room temp
  • 1/2 cup / 125ml Chicken Stock
  • 1/4 cup Mango Chutney
  • 1/4 cup Sultanas
  • 1/4 cup Fresh Coriander/Cilantro, finely diced (save some to serve)
  • 2 Green/Spring Onions, diced
  • 2 tbsp Unsweetened Plain Yogurt
  • 1 tbsp Curry Powder
  • 1 tsp Ginger, minced
  • 1 tsp Garlic, minced
  • squeeze of Lemon Juice, to taste
  • Salt & Black Pepper, to taste
  • Oil for frying (vegetable, canola)

To serve

  • Rice
  • Toasted Flaked Almonds
  • Coriander/Cilantro

Instructions:

  • In a suitably sized bowl, add diced chicken, 1 tsp minced garlic & ginger, 1 tsp salt and 1/2 tsp black pepper, mix, then combine with 1cup/250ml yogurt. Cover and leave in the fridge for 1-12 hours. Take out of the fridge 30mins before using (important - frying cold chicken will cause it to seize up and go chewy).
  • Heat up 1 tbsp oil in a suitably sized pan over high heat. One by one add the chicken pieces (shake off a bit of the marinade before adding in) fry in batches if you need to. Once nicely charred on one side (a little char = extra flavour) flip and continue frying until just cooked through. Take chicken out and place to one side.
  • Lower heat to medium, adding more oil as necessary, and chuck in 1 tsp garlic & ginger, 1/4 cup sultanas and 2 diced green onion. Fry for a few minutes until soft. then stir in 1 tbsp curry powder and toast for a minute or so.
  • Pour in 1/2cup/125ml chicken stock, then stir in 1cup/250ml cream, 1/4 cup mango chutney and coriander/cilantro. Bring to a simmer and add your chicken.
  • Allow to simmer, stirring occasionally, until the sauce thickens and the chicken is hot all the way through. Stir through 2 tbsp yogurt, then taste test for seasoning and adjust with salt, pepper and a squeeze of lemon juice as necessary.
  • Serve over rice with toasted flaked almonds and coriander/cilantro over the top.

Quick 1 min demo!

Notes:

a) Marinating - Even if you're in a rush/forgot to set a marinade in the fridge, still do try and marinate the chicken, even if just for 20/30 mins. If you're only marinating this long just leave at room temp. Chicken needs to be at or close to room temp before frying.
b) Chicken Breast - Feel free to sub for chicken breast. I use chicken thighs as they tend to be slightly more tender and have more flavour to them, so if you are using chicken breast I'd definitely recommend marinating.
c) Frying - It's important to ensure the oil is hot, hence the use of vegetable/canola oil (much higher smoking point than olive oil). You just want the chicken to take on colour, so don't panic if it's not cooked all the way through. It will continue cooking when resting and added back into the sauce. I find it easiest to add and remove with a pair of tongs.
d) Flaked Almonds - Try not to think of these as just garnish, they add a nice crunch to the dish and combine beautifully with the other ingredients. Of course you can leave them out for allergy reasons, it will still be delish!
e) Leftovers - I've just polished some off about 5 minutes ago straight from the fridge between two slices of bread. Also reheats perfectly!
f) Calories - Based on the following: 1 tbsp vegetable oil, without rice and without the yogurt. Marinades are really difficult to calculate as there's no way to tell how much remains on the chicken. However, plain yogurt is relatively low fat/low cal so shouldn't alter the calories too much!

Nutrition:

Nutrition Facts
Coronation Chicken Curry
Amount Per Serving
Calories 488 Calories from Fat 293
% Daily Value*
Fat 32.5g50%
Saturated Fat 15.8g79%
Trans Fat 1g
Polyunsaturated Fat 2.8g
Monounsaturated Fat 11.1g
Cholesterol 242mg81%
Sodium 358mg15%
Potassium 651mg19%
Carbohydrates 14.1g5%
Fiber 1.4g6%
Sugar 9.8g11%
Protein 37.6g75%
Vitamin A 3550IU71%
Vitamin C 71.8mg87%
Calcium 70mg7%
Iron 1.8mg10%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition is based on the absence of salt unless stated as a measurement in the ingredients. Cost is worked out based on ingredients bought from UK supermarkets, then divided by the number of servings. In both instances these values are just for guidance. Please check out my FAQ Page for more info.
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12 Comments

  • Reply
    Tara
    May 16, 2020 at 7:03 pm

    5 stars
    Just made this for dinner, delicious!

    • Reply
      Chris Collins
      May 16, 2020 at 7:30 pm

      That’s awesome to hear, Tara! Glad it went down well 🙂

  • Reply
    Dannii
    April 11, 2018 at 11:18 pm

    5 stars
    This reminded me of being a kid – I used to always have coronation chicken sandwiches. This looks so comforting.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 12, 2018 at 10:42 am

      Yep, coronation chicken sandwich kid here too!! Thanks Dannii 🙂

  • Reply
    Heidi Zimmerman
    April 11, 2018 at 11:17 pm

    This looks amazingly flavorful! I love the toasted almonds as a topping too.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Alllllll about toasted almonds!!

  • Reply
    Dana
    April 11, 2018 at 10:46 pm

    5 stars
    Oh dude, what are you trying to do? Turn me back into a meat eater? This looks heavenly! I can joke about trying to create a pescetarian-friendly version of this all I want, but I can tell the chicken belongs in this dish and damn. I want it. (Worst pescetarian ever. Right here. Hi.) And, gorgeous photos as always!

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 12, 2018 at 10:41 am

      Hahaha best comment!! Thanks so much Dana 🙂

  • Reply
    Sean@Diversivore
    April 11, 2018 at 10:23 pm

    I’m not familiar with coronation chicken (poor deprived Canadian here), but I must say I quite like the sounds of this. It seems like real satisfying, stick-to-your ribs stuff. Anglo-Indian food can be so interesting and when done right (like this!) pretty wonderful.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 12, 2018 at 10:40 am

      It’s so good Sean, you gotta try it 🙂

  • Reply
    Lynn | The Road to Honey
    April 11, 2018 at 9:30 pm

    Coronation chicken sounds a bit like a waldorf salad based on your ingredients description (minus the curry, of course). That said, I think your rendition looks way more tasty & sophisticated.

    • Reply
      Chris
      April 11, 2018 at 9:38 pm

      Thanks so much! You’re so right it is like warldof salad, I never thought of that!!

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