2012 is a very special year for the people in England: Queen Elizabeth has just celebrated her diamond jubilee. And there’s another special jubilee because the sandwich was invented exactly 250 years ago. So they say. Legend has it that John Montagu, the 4th Earl of Sandwich, came up with the idea to place a piece of roastbeef between two slices of bread in 1762. This double anniversary should be celebrated with a special dish – the Coronation Chicken Sandwich, which I will call Jubilee Sandwich for this occasion. And this dish I will prepare for the virtual picnic of Louise. But first a little bit of history.
Coronation Chicken is actually a chicken salad with curry mayonnaise, slightly influenced by Anglo-Indian cookery. It was invented for a reception after the coronation ceremony of Queen Elizabeth II. in 1953, what means 59 years ago. Anyway it is correct to celebrate the diamond jubilee this year because the Queen received her title already in February 1952 after the death of her father. The curry chicken however was not invented for the Queen but for the international guests of the reception, so maybe she never ate it herself. I have written about the origin of this dish in this post and there you’ll find also the original recipe.
According to some Historians there was already a chicken dish with curry mayonnaise invented for the silver jubilee of King George V. in 1935. So it was no surprise that another chicken dish had been created for the golden jubilee of Elizabeth ten years ago. It was called „Jubilee Chicken“ and consisted of a chicken salad with a lemon and ginger mayonnaise.
Recipe: Coronation Chicken Sandwich
Ingredients for 6 sandwiches: 400 g chicken breast fillet, vegetable oil, lemon juice, 1 tablespoon mango chutney, 1 tablespoon mango or apricot jam, 2 tablespoons mayonnaise, 2 tablespoons sour cream, 1 teaspoon curry powder, a hint cayenne pepper, salt, pepper, 3 slices of sandwich bread. Preparation: Preheat the oven to 390 degrees F. Rinse the meat, pat dry and marinate it with oil, lemon juice, salt and pepper. Then wrap the chicken breasts in aluminum foil and put it for 15 to 20 minutes in the oven. In the meantime, mix the remaining ingredients together and stir to get a kind of curry mayonnaise. Take the meat out, cut it into small pieces and mix it with the mayonnaise. Toast bread lightly, spread the chicken salad at three slices, place the remaining slices on top and cut the sandwiches diagonally.
Recipe by Gabriele Gugetzer, Teatime. 80 Köstlichkeiten für die schönste Stunde des Tages, Umschau Verlag 2011
and my Jubilee Sandwich