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Coronation Chicken Buns Recipe

Coronation chicken buns
Poulet Reine Elizabeth, now widely known as Coronation Chicken was created by Le Cordon Bleu London to be served at the Coronation Luncheon in 1953.

Our have put modern twist on the classic recipe. Finely diced chicken breast is accompanied by a creamy curry sauce, served in a brioche bun and topped with crisp coconut chips and mangetout to give the dish added texture.

Find out more about the history of Coronation Chicken and discover how we are celebrating the Coronation of King Charles III at Le Cordon Bleu.


Serves 2
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Coronation chicken
  • 1 hot-smoked chicken breast
  • 2 spring onions, finely sliced
  • 2 g mild curry powder
  • 2 g ground turmeric
  • 60 g mayonnaise
  • 15 g crème fraîche
  • 5 g tomato ketchup
  • 15 g apricot nappage (sieved jam)
  • juice of 1 lime
  • small bunch coriander leaves
  • 2 brioche buns
  • salt and pepper
  • 20 g coconut chips
  • 50 g mangetout
  • Coriander leaves


Finely dice the chicken breast and finely slice the spring onions, then place in a large bowl.

Sprinkle over the curry powder and ground turmeric. Add the mayonnaise, crème fraîche, tomato ketchup, curry powder, apricot jam and lime juice and stir to combine. Season with salt and pepper.

Roughly chop the coriander leaves. Add to the chicken mixture and stir to coat in the sauce.


Remove the tops and tails from the mangetout and thinly slice on an angle.

Slice the brioche buns lengthwise and set the tops aside. Scoop out the inside, being careful not to break the bun crust. Fill the scooped hole with the chicken mixture and top with a little mangetout, coconut chips and coriander leaves. Put the top bun on top and serve immediately.

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