Election chicken recipe

Not a proper blog post at all, this, just a recipe for something I’ve decided to call election chicken. It’s basically coronation chicken crossed with chicken tikka masala (supposedly the most popular dish in the country and therefore the one with democratic mandate) crossed with various bits and bobs around the kitchen. Oh, and it tastes AMAZING.

Ingredients (fills about 4 to 6 sandwiches):

  • about 400 g of diced chicken (you can use the precooked stuff from the supermarket, or just chop up some chicken breasts and fry them with some curry spices)
  • one small pot (250 ml) of creme fraiche
  • about the same amount of mayonnaise
  • 3 heaped teaspoons tandoori masala
  • 1 heaped teaspoon paprika
  • splash of red wine
  • splash of Worcestershire sauce
  • a decent handful of grated cheese (I used double Gloucester for a quite creamy taste, but you could use mature cheddar for a stronger kick)
  • 2 teaspoons of tomato puree

Basically just mix it all together in a big bowl (if you’re cooking the chicken yourself, let it cool a little first), stand for a few minutes, and serve with salad in a sandwich!


  1. #1 by wickedday on Tuesday, 17th May 2011 - 23:52 GMT+0100

    And plenty of turmeric, to get that signature fluorescent yellow colouring. It isn’t real coronation chicken unless it looks like it contains highlighter.

    Though perhaps red, white and blue would be more appropriate? The only way I can think of introducing that colouring is toothpaste . . .

    • #2 by atomicspin on Wednesday, 18th May 2011 - 0:00 GMT+0100

      I was hoping the tandoori masala would give it a really deep red colour, as a sort of parallel to the ultra-yellowness of coronation chicken. It came out a sort of birch-y beige-tan colour instead, though. I might try adding a drop of cochineal next time.

      For red, white and blue you could possibly marinade the chicken in food colouring, I guess, and cook the colours separately, kind of like pilau rice.

  2. #3 by Stephen H on Wednesday, 18th May 2011 - 1:11 GMT+0100

    In British units?

    • #4 by atomicspin on Wednesday, 18th May 2011 - 13:38 GMT+0100

      In British units, that’s 400g of chicken and 250ml of creme fraiche.

      If you mean imperial units, then 0.06 stone of chicken and 15 cubic inches of creme fraiche.

      In seriousness, both Wolfram Alpha and Google can convert units. 400 g of chicken is a little less than a pound, 250 ml of creme fraiche is 8 or 9 fl oz, or a bit less than half a pint.

  3. #5 by ukenagashi on Wednesday, 18th May 2011 - 6:19 GMT+0100

    Well shit, I know what I’ll be having in my bait for the next week! <3

    Seconding the food colouring idea. I have such fond memories of making alien-looking cakes, that alien-looking chicken seems a logical next step.

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