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Coronation Chicken Salad

October  4, 2022
2 Ratings
  • Serves 6-8
Author Notes

In the UK, where Indian food is very popular, this dish is made very often especially in hot days.
Basically it's poached chicken with a mayonnaise/curry sauce. It makes a wonderful and super flavorful salad but you can also eat it with a white Basmati rice or as a sandwich. As an appetizer use it to fill pastry cases - it is very flexible as a meal.
For the sauce, I like to add a good spicy mango chutney because it adds that sweet and hot flavor that I love in food.
Maria Teresa Jorge

What You'll Need
  • Chicken
  • 4 chicken breasts
  • 2 celery stalks
  • 1 medium onion
  • 1 carrot
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 3 sprigs fresh thyme
  • 8 black peppercorns
  • 3 cloves
  • salt
  • Sauce and Salad
  • 1 1/2 cups mayonnaise
  • 3/4 cup Greek yoghurt
  • 4 tablespoons mango chutney
  • 3 tablespoons curry paste
  • 2 tablespoons fresh coriander leaves
  • 1 lemon - juice
  • 1 celery stalk
  • 2 tablespoons sultanas
  • 2 tablespoons flaked almonds roasted
  • 2 sprigs coriander for garnish
  1. Chicken
  2. In a large pot put the chicken and all the vegetables, bay leaf, thyme, peppercorns, cloves and salt and cover the chicken with water. Bring to a boil and check for salt. lower heat to a simmer and cook chicken for 20 minutes. Turn the heat off and allow the chicken to cool in the broth.
  3. Remove chicken from broth and cut in regular cubes.
  4. Strain the broth and keep it for other recipes - it will be very tasty.
  1. Sauce and Salad
  2. For the sauce put in a food processor the mayonnaise, the Greek yoghurt, the mango chutney, the curry paste and the coriander leaves and process until smooth. Check for seasoning and add lemon juice to your liking.
  3. Cut the celery stalk in regular cubes.
  4. Mix the poached chicken with the celery and enough sauce to coat the pieces. Add 2 tbsp sultanas and mix. Cover and chill until ready to serve.
  5. Serve cold garnished with the remaining sultanas, roasted almond flakes and coriander leaves.

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2 Reviews

Evilyn G. August 1, 2014
sounds great, but can you use just yogurt and leave out the mayo? I know its easy to make your own mayonnaise, but I just prefer the cooling effect of yogurt....?
Maria T. August 2, 2014
Ofcourse you can leave out the mayo. It will taste differently because Coronation Chicken is all about the Mayonnaise/Curry sauce but it's up to you. Don't forget to season the sauce if you remove the Mayo.
Maria Teresa