It’s my favourite time of year friends, Wimbledon fortnight. I have loved watching Wimbledon since I was 10 years old, living in a very small town in Ireland. I nagged my mum to buy me tennis whites, a racket and a few tennis balls. I didn’t get as far a joining a tennis club, I just hit the ball off the gable end of my next door neighbour’s house. For hours on end! How she didn’t complain about it I will never know. Fast forward 30 (odd) years and now my daughter plays tennis in our local club. And I have now started getting proper lessons! It’s never too late friends. So with all that in mind I thought I’d share a very British recipe with you today, Coronation Chicken Sandwiches.
I tried my very first coronation chicken sandwich when I met my (British) husband. It’s not something this Irish girl would have had growing up in Ireland. Leftover roast chicken sandwiches with mayo? Yes, all the time, but curry powder would never have seen my chicken sandwiches. My husband makes these a lot and although I love his version this is my own recipe. It is less sweeter than his, he likes to spread mango chutney on the bread then add the coronation chicken, I prefer it in the chicken mixture, it’s less sweet. And I like butter on my bread, see Irish!
Is this a healthy coronation chicken sandwich? Well it’s on the fence I think. You could probably make it healthier by using low fat mayo, but I’m not into low fat anything so it’s up to you. You could ditch the bread and serve the filling in little gem lettuce leaves, but then it’s not a sandwich is it? And some days we just need a good sandwich don’t we. And I’m not a carb hater, I love bread. The almonds are optional, I like a bit of crunch in my sandwiches but it’s not everyone’s cup of tea. Try and buy the best mango chutney you can get your hands on for this, the cheap stuff will bring this sandwich down.
Now I know this is not exactly keeping to the original coronation chicken recipe, so if you are a purist then can I respectfully suggest that you hop on over to another recipe. I went for a slightly stronger curry powder for these, I like more heat, you can add a touch more or less if you like. I also used a store bought mayo, but you could of course make your own mayo. These sandwiches are great for using up any leftover roast chicken. They are quite filling so you could even serve these for supper with a green salad. They are also great for picnics, just make sure you keep them cool. Now, anyone for tennis?
Coronation Chicken Sandwich
A very tasty, very British sandwich. Perfect for lunches or picnics.
- 150 g leftover roast chicken torn into bitesize pieces
- 1 heaped tbs sultans soaked in just boiled water until plump
- 2 tbs flaked almonds toasted (optional)
- 1 heaped tsp medium curry powder
- 1 spring onion (scallion) just the white part, chopped
- 3 tbs mayonnaise
- 1 tsp mango chutney more for serving (optional)
- 1 very small pinch of salt & black pepper
- 4 slices of bread of your choice
- 4 or 5 leaves little gem lettuce
- 1 tbs watercress (optional)
Soak the sultanas in just boiled water until they are plump, then drain and leave to cool.
Mix the mayonnaise, chutney, curry powder and spring onion in a bowl. Season with salt and pepper.
Add the chicken to the mayonnaise mixture and mix well so that all the chicken is coated in the sauce.
Butter the bread, place the lettuce on one slice then top with some of the chicken mixture, sprinkle some flaked almonds on top, if using then add a little water cress. Add a little more chutney if you wish, then top with the other slice of bread. Cut in half and enjoy.