A Sandwich fit for a Queen

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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.

The Queen and her family during the celebration of her diamond jubilee. Photocredit: Carfax2 (Creative Commons)

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.

Queen Elizabeth II and the Duke of Edinburgh after the coronation ceremony

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 now let’s play the picnic game: I’m going to a picnic and I’m taking with me …

Artichokes steamed and dressed with mayonnaise

Baked Beans

Cauliflower Tabbouleh

Dunkin’ Donuts

Eggplant Casserole

Frosty Summer Salad

Goat Cheese mixed green salad

Halibut and Salsa verde

Iced coffee two ways

and my Jubilee Sandwich

About Petra Foede

Ich bin Kulturhistorikerin und freie Journalistin. In diesem Blog schreibe ich über die Geschichte von Gerichten, über berühmte Cafés und Restaurants sowie über dies & das aus der kulinarischen Vergangenheit.
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11 Responses to A Sandwich fit for a Queen

  1. Louise says:

    Oh Petra! What a glorious post. I can’t believe you went the extra step and actually translated your post from German to English just for the Picnic Game. You have made me feel like a Queen for a Day especially since today just happens to be my birthday:)

    I love the tidbits of history and of course the Coronation Chicken looks delicious. I must admit, I kinda like the revised title Jubilee Chicken too!

    Thank you so much for sharing and thank you so much for once again joining us for the annual Picnic!!! Louise

  2. Petra Foede says:

    Louise, your comments are always so sweet. I didn’t know (or maybe I just forgot …) that today is your birthday – so happy Birthday to you! These automatic translations are really too bad, so I decided to write the post also in English. It was not too hard to translate but anyway I’m sure there will be some little mistakes ;)

  3. Hi Petra, I’m stopping over from The Picnic Game. That is a delicious looking sandwich, and so interesting to know of its origin. Never knew a sandwich has a history that far back. Thank you for all the information, and the name “Jubilee Sandwich” sounds perfect! Wish you a wonderful week ahead!

  4. Petra Foede says:

    Thanks for visiting my blog! Your watermelon looks also really delicious. I’m sure we will have a great picnic again this year :)

  5. Hello Petra, I came over from The Picnic Game and I just wanted to say your sandwich looks delicious. Do pass me a piece during the picnic :)

  6. mae says:

    I love curry mayo — putting mango chutney into it sounds like a great idea. I am very fascinated by the interplay between Indian and British food, which went on for so many centuries. Even curry powder was a commercialized British interpretation of an Indian tradition where each cook made at least one unique spice blend for his/her own use. I’m sure we will all be delighted to “eat” this dish in celebration of our picnic game AND the Queen’s Jubilee.

    Best from mae at maefood.blogspot.com and also letter A

  7. Petra Foede says:

    Thanks for coming over and visiting my blog. It’s really exciting to see all these dishes for the picnic. @Mae: You’re right, what we know as curry is more ore less the english interpretation of Indian cookery

  8. I like curry in my chicken salad, but I never thought of adding in some chutney… can’t wait to try making this. What a great picnic contribution — danke schön!

  9. Petra Foede says:

    Hi Erica! You have a blog with retro recipes – I love retro blogs! I must admit that I’ve never heard of Ozark pudding, sounds interesting. Thanks for visiting my blog!

  10. Channon says:

    I can’t wait to try this… and this is one recipe that is heatwave friendly!

  11. I love the story behind this sandwich. The addition of chutney is brilliant.