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Old 08-29-2016, 12:25 PM   #1
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Coronation chicken

Probably against my better judgement I have agreed to a Birthday Bash in the form of a Buffett and one of the dishes I suggested is Coronation chicken. As the event will be in October we thought it best to spread it over two days and there will be about twenty people each day.

I need answers to the following questions as I have never cooked this:
Do I buy a couple of chickens, cook them and pull them to bits or what?
Is it possible to actually buy coronation chicken already made up and if so from where?
There are so many recipes on the internet could any one offer a nice one?
Many thanks.

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Old 08-29-2016, 12:45 PM   #2
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Greetings and welcome to Discuss Cooking BML.

This is a new one on me. As an American, I've never heard Coronation Chicken. Mr. Google gave me lots of recipes along with the explanation...
Invented for the Coronation banquet of Elizabeth II, this recipe was originally called Poilet Reine Elizabeth, but quickly became known as Coronation Chicken.


It sounds delicious to me and I'll be trying it.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:52 PM   #3
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Probably against my better judgement I have agreed to a Birthday Bash in the form of a Buffett and one of the dishes I suggested is Coronation chicken. As the event will be in October we thought it best to spread it over two days and there will be about twenty people each day.

I need answers to the following questions as I have never cooked this:
Do I buy a couple of chickens, cook them and pull them to bits or what?
Is it possible to actually buy coronation chicken already made up and if so from where?
There are so many recipes on the internet could any one offer a nice one?
Many thanks.
Well, I've never heard of Coronation Chicken, but looked it up and it looks very similar to a recipe that Chef Curtis Grace served in his Ninth Street House, plus his catering business out of Paducah, Ky. One of the pithy little quotes/sayings in his cookbook is something along the lines of "little old ladies can be rude and shove if we happen to run out of chicken salad at lunch." It was written firmly with tongue in cheek as a southernism but not actually too far off the mark considering some of the remarks I've heard from little old ladies waiting in line if they have run out. I know we'd always make sure we got there early so we could have the chicken salad. The house sweet tea was perfect to go with this and is the first recipe in this link.

Ninth Street House of Grace Tea

The chicken salad recipe is further down.

It calls for chicken breasts but I'd always use the whole chicken, cook, cool and shred. I'm pretty sure the restaurant baked the chicken just from the taste/texture of it, though you could probably boil or pressure cook the chicken too.

The mayo should be made from scratch OR a very close facsimile. With a buffet for a lot of people, I'd go for commercially made mayo as close in taste and texture to homemade as possible. I've always either made it or used Hellman's since that's an American brand that I think is closest to homemade.

I melt the butter, add the spices and let it cool, then fold into the mayo. I'm not fond of marjoram but this uses so little combined with the curry that you don't even know it's there and I'm sure it adds something to the overall flavor.

If I'm making for company, I always keep out some of the grapes and almonds to garnish the top so it looks pretty.
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Oh, skip the paprika and I don't usually use all the parsley either but regardless it must be finely minced or it gives an odd mouth feel.
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curry powder and chicken......always a great combo and as an American you can't go wrong with Hellman's mayo.....good luck with your "crowning" moment
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Old 08-29-2016, 02:28 PM   #6
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This is a nice recipe, similar to Coronation Chicken, that I have made in the past. The recipe is from the Bush Family Cookbook, pages 82 and 83. I really like the presentation in a pineapple rooster.

https://books.google.com/books?id=QF...0salad&f=false

If you are pressed for time you could probably make this with a couple of plain rotisserie chickens from the grocery store.

Whatever recipe you decide on make a small practice batch before the big event to be sure that you are comfortable with the recipe.

Good luck!
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:59 PM   #7
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Many thanks for the advice which I have not really read properly yet but I will in the morning.

I have just looked on the internet for a “Coronation Chicken” recipe and the first one was missing a number of items that an apprentice cook needs. In my case I need an idiot proof recipe.

1. Heat oil in saucepan, add the chopped onion, cover and saute gently for 5 minutes until the onion is soft but not brown.

What sort of oil and how much?

2. Stir in the curry powder and cook for another two minutes, this will help bring out the flavour.

How much curry powder?

3. Add the stock, tomato puree, lemon juice and chutney.

What sort of stock and how much of it. The same questions goes for the tomato puree, lemon juice and chutney?

4. Stir until bubbling, then cook for 5 minutes and the mixture reduces and thickens.

5. Allow to cool for half an hour or so, then stir in the mayonnaise and cream.

How much mayonnaise, what sort of cream and how much of it?

6. Add chicken (which should be chopped into reasonable sized chunks) and mix thoroughly.

What sort of chicken, a whole chicken stripped down or chicken breasts and what way should they be cooked? Then there is the amount of chicken needed to allow for ten helpings at a buffet?
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Old 08-29-2016, 06:22 PM   #8
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youtube.com is your friend ....

Try this one...
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You don't necessarily want to use the first search result. A good recipe will include a list of ingredients as well as the method. The more search terms you use, the better your results will be.

Try this one: http://www.goodhousekeeping.co.uk/fo...ation-chicken1
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Hi, BML. I've never heard of Coronation Chicken until you brought it up, but among other choices I found a recipe on the New York Times. I find their recipes to be clearly explained and easy to follow, so you might want to add this version to the recipes you are considering. Good luck with the event, and if you remember, tell us how it all turned out.

Coronation Chicken Salad
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