Coronation Chicken

Uploaded: 2 May, 2023



Coronation Chicken

Ingredients - Serves: 4 - 8

1.5kg/4lb free-range chicken

4 spring onions, sliced

6 garlic cloves, peeled, left whole

1 tbsp sea salt

10 whole black or green peppercorns



1 tbsp vegetable oil

1 onion, chopped

1 tbsp curry powder

1 tbsp tomato purée

85ml/3fl oz red wine

150ml water

1 bay leaf

salt and freshly ground black pepper

caster sugar

2 slices lemon plus squeeze of lemon juice

425ml/15fl oz mayonnaise

2 tbsp apricot purée (make your own by blending 4-5 dried apricots with 3 tbsp water)

3 tbsp whipped cream



  1. Place the chicken into a large saucepan with a tight-fitting lid. Cover with water and add the spring onions, garlic, salt and peppercorns. Bring to the boil uncovered and simmer for 30 minutes. Turn the chicken once during this time. Cover with the lid and turn off the heat. Leave for one hour. Remove the chicken, allow to cool completely, and then tear the chicken from the bones and chop into chunks.


  1. For the sauce, heat the oil in a pan over a me­dium heat. Add the onion and cook gently for 3-4 minutes until translucent. Add the curry powder and cook for a further two minutes, stirring well. Add the tomato purée, wine, water and bay leaf. Bring the mixture to the boil. Season with salt and freshly ground black pepper, then add the sugar, lemon slices and lemon juice, to taste. Reduce the heat and simmer uncovered, for 5-10 minutes. Strain the sauce through a sieve and set aside to cool.


  1. Once cold, fold in the mayonnaise and apricot purée, to taste. Add more lemon juice if required and then finally fold in the whipped cream.