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Mary Berry Coronation Chicken

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5 from 6 votes
Calories: 435.8kcal|Fat: 39.2g|Carbohydrates: 12.3g|Protein: 10.8g | 15 minutes
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Discover Mary Berry's Coronation Chicken: a delicious blend of cooked chicken, apricot jam, curry powder, mayonnaise, half-fat fresh cream, and grapes. Perfect for any occasion!
a close picture of the chicken pieces covered in coronation sauce on a bed of lettuce leaves
If you have leftover chicken, this British royal dish can be prepared in just 15 minutes! Mary Berry’s Coronation Chicken is beloved not only for its taste but also for its versatility, making it an excellent choice for outdoor dining. This recipe is particularly suited for summer, thanks to the fresh grapes that make it even more refreshing. Enjoy it on vol-au-vents, sandwiches, salads, and jacket potatoes, especially if you’re a fan of apricot jam and grapes!

What is the Original Coronation Chicken?

The original Coronation Chicken, created for the  Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation dinner in 1953,. The whole dish, created by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume, was even published in newspapers so people could prepare it while watching the ceremony on TV.

The original Coronation sauce consists of cooked chicken pieces in a curry-flavored mayonnaise-based sauce, often enriched with additional ingredients like apricot puree, lemon juice, and red wine. Traditionally served cold, the recipe is popular for the combination of savoury and sweet flavours and makes a perfect filling for sandwiches and salads. 

The original recipe had apricots instead of grapes and didn’t contain a single sultana.

Why you’ll like this Coronation Chicken Recipe?

  • Quick and Easy for Meal Prep: Ready in just 15 minutes!
  • Sweet and Tangy: Combines sweet grapes and apricot jam with tangy lemon and curry for a unique and refreshing taste.
  • Creamy: With fresh cream and mayo it’s a luxurious mix!
  • Perfect for outings: Use in salads, as a filling for your sandwich or roll, or as a pasta sauce.

a close picture of the chicken pieces covered in coronation sauce on a bed of lettuce leaves

Coronation Chicken Recipe Mary Berry

5 from 6 votes
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Servings 6 people
Calories 435.8
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 10 minutes
Total Time 15 minutes
Fat: 39.2g|Carbohydrates: 12.3g|Protein: 10.8g


Discover Mary Berry's Coronation Chicken: a delicious blend of cooked chicken, apricot jam, curry powder, mayonnaise, half-fat fresh cream, and grapes. Perfect for any occasion!


For the Coronation Chicken

  • 1 pound cooked chicken cut into pieces
  • 2 tbsp apricot jam
  • 1 tbsp curry powder
  • 1 cup mayonnaise
  • ¾ cup half fat fresh cream
  • 1 tbsp tomato purée
  • 1 Lemon zest finely grated
  • 1 Lemon juice
  • 2 spring onions finely chopped
  • Salt and ground black pepper
  • 1 cup black/green seedless grapes cut in half lengthways
  • Rocket or parsley to garnish



  • Remove the chicken skin and cut the chicken into small pieces.
  • Prepare the sauce. Heat the jam and curry powder in a small saucepan and set aside to cool when the jam is melted. Combine with the mayonnaise, fresh cream, tomato puree, lemon zest and juice and mix together
  • Combine the chicken with the sauce, spring onion, and seasoning with salt and pepper. Add half of the grapes and put on a serving platter. Garnish with the remaining grapes and rocket leaves.
  • Keep in the refrigerator for up to three days and serve with salad, wraps, rolls and omelets.

Tips to Make the Mary Berry Coronation Chicken

  • Chicken: Prepare the chicken from the day before so you can quickly prepare a packed lunch for the office, a nice picnic, or any outing. Pan-fry, boil, poach, bake, or grill. Nevertheless, the chicken will taste amazing!
  • Curry: Use mild curry powder and adjust the amount according to your taste.

How to Cook the Chicken?

When it comes to cooked chicken, whether it’s breasts or thighs, the key is to make sure it’s cooked all the way through. My go-to quick fix is boiling the chicken in water and letting it simmer for about 15 minutes – perfect for those busy moments. But, if you’ve got a bit more time on your hands, toss in a peeled carrot, onion, and celery stalk while boiling. You’ll end up with some tasty tender chicken plus the stock that can be a game-changer for soups or risotto later.

Quick tip for poaching times:

  • Whole Chicken: A medium-sized whole chicken takes around 30-45 minutes of poaching.
  • Chicken Pieces: It usually takes about 15-25 minutes, depending on their size.
  • Boneless, Skinless Chicken: Poaching time is generally shorter, ranging from 10 to 20 minutes. Easy peasy!

Variations of Mary Berry Coronation Chicken

  • Add toasted almonds or cashews for added crumch
  • Subs the fresh cream with Greek yoghurt for a lighter option.
  • Adjust the amount of curry powder to your spice preference.
  • Fruits. Experiment with different fruits like fresh mango, dried sultanas or apricots.
  • Swap apricot jam with  mango chutney for a different flavour.

If you love this recipe, you mught also want to try favourite variations from Jamie Oliver and Delia Smith@


How to store Coronation Chicken Mary Berry?

  • Refrigerating the Coronation Chicken. Cool the sauce completely first. Store any leftover sauce in the fridge in an airtight container for 3-4 days.
  • For freezing, Remove the salad and fresh grapes. Transfer to freezer-safe bags or containers. Freeze for up to 2-3 months. To thaw, place in the fridge overnight. To reheat. Remove the salad and fresh grapes. Microwave for 1-2 minutes stirring occasionally or otherwise heat for a couple of minutes until the recommended temperature of 165°F (74°C) is reached.

What to Serve with Coronation Chicken Recipe?

  • Filling: Spread the coronation sauce on white, whole wheat, baguette, pita pockets, naan or wraps.
  • Topping. Serve atop toasted bread, jacket potatoes, salad, rice or pasta.
  • Grilled veggies: Serve the coronation chicken with grilled veggies as a side.

Coronation Chicken Sandwich


Health Info

  • Calories: 435.8kcal
  • Sugar: 39.2g
  • Sodium: 365.gmg
  • Fat: 39.2g
  • Carbohydrates: 12.3g
  • Fiber: 1.2g
  • Protein: 10.8g

Mary Berry’s coronation chicken salad is naturally gluten-free, soy-free, peanut-free and nut-free.

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6 thoughts on “Mary Berry Coronation Chicken Recipe”

  1. 5 stars
    I have stumbled this recipe by Mary Berry by coincidence and I must say I love the mix of the mayo, spice and grapes. When I forgot to buy grapes I have swapped them for dried cranberries or dried apricots!

  2. 5 stars
    I was looking for a Coronation Chicken without mango chutney. I’m glad I found this since I always keep apricot jam and grapes in my fridge. I tried it for kids packed lunches and they truly enjoyed it though I almost didn’t use any curry. Will bookmark this and give it a try if you have kids that won’t eat chicken at all!

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