Coronation chicken
Place of originUnited Kingdom
Created byConstance Spry and
Rosemary Hume
Main ingredientsChicken meat, herbs and spices, mayonnaise-based sauce

Coronation chicken or Poulet Reine Elizabeth[1] is an English dish of chicken in a spiced mayonnaise sauce. It is eaten as a salad or as a filling for sandwiches.[2] It was created by Constance Spry, an English food writer and flower arranger, and Rosemary Hume, a chef, for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.


A prepacked coronation chicken sandwich

Normally bright yellow, coronation chicken is usually flavoured with curry powder or curry paste, though some recipes call for fresh herbs and spices and additional ingredients such as flaked almonds, raisins, and crème fraîche.

The original dish differs from modern versions in that it calls for apricot puree rather than raisins, and uses curry powder instead of Indian curry paste made from scratch. The chicken is first poached in diluted, seasoned white wine, before being coated in a mayonnaise-based cream of curry sauce and arranged atop a rice salad.[3]


Constance Spry, an English food writer and flower arranger, and Rosemary Hume,[4] a chef, both principals of the Cordon Bleu Cookery School in London, are credited with the invention of coronation chicken.[5][6] Preparing the food for the banquet of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, Hume[7] is credited with the recipe of cold chicken, curry cream sauce and dressing that became known as coronation chicken.[8]

Coronation chicken may have been inspired by jubilee chicken, a dish prepared for the silver jubilee of George V in 1935, which mixed chicken with mayonnaise and curry.[citation needed] Additionally, for the Queen's Golden Jubilee in 2002, another celebratory dish was devised, also called Jubilee chicken.[5]

See also


  1. ^ "Platinum pudding for Queen's jubilee to follow 1953's coronation chicken". the Guardian. 10 January 2022. Retrieved 10 January 2022.
  2. ^ The Sunday Times (1 July 2007). "Coronation Chicken". Times Online. London. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  3. ^ "Qu'est-ce que le « Poulet Reine Elizabeth », ce classique culinaire britannique créé pour la souveraine ?". 6 January 2022.
  4. ^ "Coronation Chicken Recipe". Retrieved 3 May 2023.
  5. ^ a b "Recipe for Jubilee Chicken". Archived from the original on 5 February 2008. Retrieved 1 February 2016.
  6. ^ The Daily Telegraph (1 June 2002). "Readers' recipes: Coronation chicken 2002". London. Retrieved 1 October 2007.
  7. ^ Tucker, Hugh. "Coronation chicken: The story behind the royal dish". Retrieved 3 May 2023. According to Freya Perryman, communications officer from Le Cordon Bleu London, 'The recipe was created by Rosemary Hume and Constance Spry, with the main credit going to Hume, and we understand that students helped to fine-tune.'
  8. ^ Buckingham Palace. "50 Facts About The Queen's Coronation". Archived from the original on 13 May 2008. Retrieved 28 November 2010.