Coronation Chicken Tacos – The Ultimate Fusion Food
Coronation Chicken, anyone? For those looking for a dish fit for Royalty, here’s a modern, easy take on a nation’s favourite. This coronation chicken recipe is deliciously creamy, tangy, and fruity while featuring curry spices, creating a delightful filling for Tacos – the ultimate street food!
It’s Coming Around AgainCoronation Chicken, originally called Poulet Reine Elizabeth, was created in 1953 to mark the celebration of the coronation of Queen Elizabeth ll. It was served at her coronation luncheon – and it’s still a firm favourite today. A version is served at Café Le Cordon Bleu, London on its lunch menu, in homage to the dish’s creator, Rosemary Hume. And, while it’s not actually set to feature on the coronation menu, it’s an old favourite which I’ve updated with a modern twist, making it the ideal food to share at any coronation celebration – from street parties to canapés in the garden.
Coronation Chicken SpicesCoronation Chicken has a deliciously spicy flavour profile that includes ginger, coriander seeds, curry powder and bay leaves. What I love about coronation chicken is that you can make a big batch and it keeps really well in the fridge, so it’s great to prep ahead – also, it just gets better day by day as the flavours have time to develop.
Perfect For a Reigny DayCoronation Chicken can be made ahead, keeps well, and is incredibly versatile. You can use it to make Coronation Chicken Salad, serve it over baked jacket potatoes, or fold in some delicious warm new potatoes for a substantial and deliciously creamy potato salad. And, of course, you can serve it in wraps, burritos, and tacos, as a no-fuss, easy filling, ideal for weekday sandwiches and also as a filling in coronation chicken pies. You could use it to make a pasta salad, quesadillas, or even just serve it with naan.
Tacos Are Life
The coronation service contains elements that serve to reflect a more diverse contemporary society, and that’s what I wanted to do with this dish – coronation chicken incorporates formerly ‘exotic’ spices and by using it as a filling for tacos – a universally loved, convenient hand-held street food from Mexico – we’re creating something utterly delicious, while giving a nod to the old, and boldly moving forward.
The Green Man
Tongues have been wagging about the inclusion of an ancient pagan symbol associated with Spring and rebirth, The Green Man, featuring prominently on the official coronation invitation. He’s also portrayed with acorns and hawthorn leaves – symbolic of fertility and a new cycle of growth. While its inclusion may remain cryptic, it could also be representative of Charles’s great love of nature and his support for environmental conservation. And that includes a love for crisp, fresh, home-grown greens.
So, it made sense to include fresh, firm cabbage to add a delicious crunch to proceedings, along with fresh coriander leaves and zesty lime to the slaw. The pickled red onions add tartness, zing and a gorgeous burst of colour – a delicious counterpoint to the creaminess of the yoghurt.
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Frequently Asked Questions
Is this dish gluten-free?
This dish is gluten-free, provided you buy gluten free tacos, and while curry powder does not typically contain gluten, you should always check the labels to be certain.
Is this dish suitable for vegetarians?
No. For suitable alternatives, please check out our vegetarian recipes.
Can I replace the dairy in this recipe?
Yes! Simply replace the yoghurt for a coconut or soy based yoghurt.