Coronation ‘Chicken’ Recipe – Meat-free vegetarian version

Coronation chicken is incredibly popular in Gibraltar and is a recipe that is very quintessentially British. It was invented by Constance Spry who was a writer and by Rosemary Hume, the founder of the famous Le Cordon Bleu cookery school back in 1953 in order to commemorate the coronation Queen Elizabeth II (hence the name!). Since making its way into Buckingham Palace it has become a favourite in Britain and you can find it pretty much everywhere and in every sandwich shop.

Coronation chicken was one of those meals that I missed terribly since giving up meat. I love a good sandwich and this creamy filling with a slight curry flavour and sweet raisins has always been one of my favourites. However the original recipe didn’t have raisins at all, but had dried apricots instead which I imagine must be very nice too. I think the key is to have an element of sweetness in order to balance out the curry flavour which needs to be mild anyway so as not to overpower the filling.

This vegan or vegetarian version (your choice!) of ‘Coronation Chicken’ can be made with any meat-free alternative. It is quite easy to find natural yoghurt made from soya and dairy-free mayonnaise to keep it all vegan and plant based.

Coronation ‘Chicken’ Recipe – Meat-free vegetarian version
Yield: 1 Serving
Difficulty: Easy
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Meat-free alternative to the popular coronation 'chicken' recipe. Keep it vegan by using dairy-free mayonnaise and dairy-free natural yogurt. This recipe is perfect for a sandwich filling or a baked potato.



  • 25 g raisins + ¼ cup of water
  • 100 g meat-free ‘chicken’ pieces
  • 3 tbsp (dairy-free) mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp(dairy-free) natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp mango chutney
  • 1.5 tsp mild curry powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar
  • 1 oz raisins + ¼ cup of water
  • 3½ oz meat-free ‘chicken’
  • 3 tbsp (dairy-free) mayonnaise
  • 2 tbsp (dairy-free) natural yoghurt
  • 1 tbsp mango chutney
  • 1.5 tsp mild curry powder
  • pinch of salt
  • pinch of sugar


  1. Put the raisins in a bowl and add the water so that they plump up. Leave them to one side while making the rest of the sauce.
  2. Cook the vegetarian meat-free protein as per indications until it gets some golden colour. Set to one side when cooked so it cools down.
  3. In a bowl add the (dairy free) mayonnaise, natural yoghurt, mango chutney, mild curry powder, a pinch of salt and a pinch of sugar, and mix well.
  4. Add the cooked meat-free pieces and the drained raisins, and mix well.
  5. Refrigerate until ready to use, and add use as a sandwich filling or have with a baked potato.

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