Meaning of coronation chicken in English:

coronation chicken



mass noun
  • A cold dish of cooked chicken served in a sauce flavoured with apricots and curry powder.

    ‘On a warm night, cook the rice ahead of time and cool it to serve with coronation chicken or a Thai chicken salad.’
    • ‘Muzammil Ali, owner of the Jewel in the Crown restaurant, decided the country had become tired of coronation chicken, the spicy dish devised to celebrate the Queen's crowning 50 years earlier.’
    • ‘Brie with sweet pepper and tomato chutney; coronation chicken and toasted almonds; roast ham and pineapple were on offer.’
    • ‘The office-types go for the fancy fillings like coronation chicken with alternative breads like panini and ciabatta.’
    • ‘Last Sunday saw a busy hands-on workshop for kids, in which they got to make butternut squash ravioli, Indian breads, raspberry crunch, coronation chicken and ‘real’ fish fingers.’
    • ‘Jacket potatoes started at £3.35 and with home-made coronation chicken would set you back £4.99.’
    • ‘Presumably the Queen didn't suffer these indignities, but even she had to wait until 1953 for the dubious pleasure of coronation chicken.’
    • ‘It has a new home, one quite capable of accommodating the vast platters of sliced ham and component parts of coronation chicken spread before us.’
    • ‘Ignoring the salmon, fruit and cottage cheese, Anne went for a coronation chicken sandwich.’
    • ‘Coronation chicken is actually quite nice if you do it properly.’
    • ‘Coronation Chicken is just a salad of cold cooked chicken in a curry-flavoured mayonnaise.’


So named because the dish was created for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953.