So, why is coronation chicken called coronation chicken?

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As King Charles’ coronation gets closer and closer, we have so many questions.

How long will the Coronation Procession be? And who will be involved in it? What will King Charles and Queen Consort Camilla wear? Who will turn up on the day, will there be any surprise guests?

But a big cultural reveal for us all, especially for the fans of Tesco meal deal sandwich fillers, is that coronation chicken may well be served on the day. So make sure it’s added to your shopping list.

Here’s everything you need to know about coronation chicken’s link with the Royal Family and coronation history itself.

When was coronation chicken invented?

Coronation chicken was first served at Queen Elizabeth’s coronation back in 1953, as part of the celebratory luncheon catered by Rosemary Hume, a renowned cordon bleu chef, and florist Constance Spry.

The dish was originally called Poulet Reine Elizabeth, and wasn’t served in a sandwich or with a jacket potato, but with salad, rice, pimentos and green peas.

The original coronation chicken was originally made with ‘young roasting chickens, water and a little wine to cover carrot, a bouquet garni, salt, peppercorns and a cream of curry sauce.’

So if you’re looking to honour the late Queen over the Coronation Bank Holiday, serving coronation chicken is a lovely way to do it.

Will coronation chicken be served at King Charles’ coronation?

Apparently not, and it hasn’t been added to the recommended dishes to serve when celebrating the coronation, either – there will, however, be prawn tacos and roast lamb.

A Coronation Quiche will also be served, which has been described on the Royal Family’s website as: “a deep quiche with a crisp, light pastry case and delicate flavours of spinach, broad beans and fresh tarragon. Eat hot or cold with a green salad and boiled new potatoes – perfect for a Coronation Big Lunch!”

We’re still backing coronation chicken, though.

What does coronation chicken consist of these days?

Coronation chicken is made up of chicken served in creamy curried mayonnaise with ingredients such as chopped apricots, sultanas and sometimes mango chutney, flaked almonds or chopped coriander, depending on your tastes.

Vegetarians can even adapt the recipe to make their own coronation coleslaw (it’s also sold in M&S), or by substituting chicken with a plant-based equivalent such as tofu or Quorn.

Buckingham Palace has also recommended GBBO winner Nadia Hussain’s coronation aubergine recipe, as another fabulous meat-free alternative.

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