This easy healthy Coronation chicken recipe is simple to make, delicious and lighter than the traditional recipes, with no compromise on taste. The perfect dish for summer lunch parties, picnics and pot lucks and my favourite leftover chicken recipe. Naturally gluten free, you can see the Weight Watchers Points below and this recipe can be adjusted to be Whole 30.
Healthy Coronation Chicken
What is Coronation Chicken and how does Healthy Coronation Chicken differ?
Coronation chicken is a cold dish of chicken in a curry based sauce. It’s perfect for preparing beforehand; a dish for those times you don’t want to be stuck in the kitchen missing all the fun.
It was created by Constance Spry and Rosemary Hume of London’s Cordon Bleu cookery school for the Queen’s coronation in 1953, with the idea that it would be a great dish for parties as people watched the service on television. You don’t need to be celebrating a coronation to enjoy it – it’s far too good for that.
The traditional recipe isn’t quick: it starts with poaching two chickens, and then moving on to making the sauce from no fewer than fourteen ingredients. I think that this level of complexity isn’t really necessary, and a simpler version is just as tasty and, as it’s much easier to make I can enjoy it far more often. Also, by adding Greek yogurt to the mayonnaise, I’ve made a far healthier version with far less fat, for minimal change in taste. It’s still a great prepare-ahead dish.
For two people, you need about 1 cup of cooked chicken pieces. This recipe is the perfect way to use leftover roast chicken, but it’s equally good with leftover turkey, making healthy coronation chicken ideal for using up Christmas or Thanksgiving leftovers.
How do I make Healthy Coronation Chicken?
Step One, as always, I find it far easier if I assemble the ingredients. Mise en place makes everything far more fuss free!
Step Two, mix mayonnaise, yogurt (or homemade milk kefir) and curry powder. If the sauce is too thick, loosen it with a splash of boiling water. Taste and add a little more curry powder if needed.
Step Three, stir in chutney, chopped apricots and most importantly, the chicken. Here we’ve used a chicken breast, but any leftover chicken will do – a combination of white and brown meat will add different texture and flavours.
Step Four, season with salt and pepper.
Finally, garnish with almond flakes and chopped herbs. Easy!
How do I Serve Healthy Coronation Chicken?
The original recipe called for a rice salad with peas, fresh diced cucumber and herbs in a vinaigrette dressing, which sounds as good now as it did then.
Coronation chicken is one of the best Chicken Sandwich Fillings . Add some peppery rocket and watercress leaves for a hint of heat.
Top a baked potato for a change from tuna or cheese.
Or how about spooning a little onto crispy little gem lettuce leaves and serving as a canapé?
It is also fantastic as a pasta salad, spooned into canape cases or enjoyed with crudités.
However you serve healthy coronation chicken, it’s such an easy and quick win that it’s really worth revisiting this old classic next time you have some leftover roast chicken.
Can I Freeze Healthy Coronation Chicken?
The yogurt and mayonnaise used in our sauce for healthy coronation chicken can’t be frozen, as they’re likely to split. It’s best to make this dish when needed, but it will keep in the fridge for a day or so. You can of course freeze your leftover chicken and then use that for the dish.
What’s the best serving temperature for Healthy Coronation Chicken?
I prefer dishes like this to not be straight-from-the-fridge cold, but to have just started to warm up to room temperature so it will have more
Can I make this recipe using leftover turkey?
Absolutely, yes! It’s a great way to use up turkey after Thanksgiving or Christmas.
Healthy Coronation Chicken Recipe
- 1 tbs mayonnaise
- 2 tbs Greek yogurt ((0% fat))
- 1 tsp curry powder ((adjust to taste))
- splash boiling water ((if needed))
- 150 g cold cooked chicken ((leftover roast chicken is perfect. Chop into 1cm pieces))
- 1 tbs mango chutney
- 6 dried apricots ((optional, chopped))
- 1 tbs flaked almonds
- chopped chives
- salt and pepper to taste
- Mix the mayonnaise, yogurt and curry powder together, If needed, add a splash of boiling water to thin the sauce to the consistency of double cream.
- Stir in the chicken, chutney, and apricots (if using). Season to taste with salt and pepper.
- Serve on a bed of lettuce garnished with the flaked almonds and herbs.
- For an even lower fat dish, use light mayonnaise, or homemade milk kefir.
- Regular curry powder is perfect for this dish. Adjust the quantities to your own heat tolerance.
- For mellower flavours, briefly toast the curry powder in a dry frying pan until the aromas are released.
- Don't serve healthy Coronation chicken straight from the fridge, allow it o come to room temperature first
- Make it vegetarian by using chickpeas in place of the chicken.
- Naturally gluten free.
- To make it whole 30, substitute cottage cheese for the yougurt
- The chicken entree is 11 smart weight watchers points per portion
Here are some more ideas for using up leftover chicken or turkeyCreamy
If you like this healthy Coronation chicken recipe you might also like my healthier potato salad that uses the same trick to lighten up the dressing.