Originally created for Queen Elizabeth II’s coronation in 1953, Coronation Chicken Salad is still popular today.
Coronation Chicken Salad Sandwiches
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- 1 tablespoon salted butter
- 1 cup chopped yellow onion
- 6 tablespoons Major Grey’s chutney*
- ¼ cup tomato puree
- ¼ cup water
- 2 tablespoons red wine vinegar
- 2 tablespoons curry powder
- 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper
- 1 bay leaf
- ½ cup mayonnaise
- 3 cups finely chopped roast chicken
- ½ cup chopped toasted slivered almonds
- 3 tablespoons finely chopped dried apricots
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped green onion (green tops only)
- 2 tablespoons finely chopped parsley
- 2 tablespoons dried currants
- 12 slices potato bread
- In a large sauté pan, melt butter over medium heat. Add onion, and cook, stirring occasionally, until onion is tender and translucent, 5 to 7 minutes. Add chutney, tomato puree, water, vinegar, curry powder, lemon juice, salt, pepper, and bay leaf, stirring to combine. Bring to a simmer. Simmer, stirring occasionally, until sauce is thick (like ketchup), 8 to 10 minutes. Pour sauce into a large bowl, and let cool completely.
- Remove bay leaf from sauce, and discard. Add mayonnaise to cooled sauce, stirring to combine. Add chicken, almonds, apricots, green onion, parsley, and currants, stirring to blend.
- Spread a thick layer of chicken salad onto a bread slice. Top with another bread slice. Repeat with remaining chicken salad and bread slices.
- Using a serrated bread knife, trim crusts from sandwiches, creating squares. (Discard crusts.) Cut sandwiches diagonally into quarters, creating 4 triangles.
- *Several companies make Major Grey’s chutney, a relish made with mangos, raisins, onions, vinegar, and spices. Look for jars of this condiment in the pickle section or the British foods section of most grocery stores.
- • Chicken salad can be made a day in advance. Sandwiches can be made earlier in the day, covered with damp paper towels, placed in an airtight container, and refrigerated until serving time.
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