What to Serve with Coronation Chicken

Written By Acacia Crossley


Usually, chicken dishes are easy to pair with almost anything, but for coronation chicken, possible side dishes are a bit more limited. The unique combination of shredded chicken, spices and mayonnaise does not make a good match for as many foods as you would think.

Still, a coronation chicken sandwich or salad deserves a delicious side dish. Here are the best side dishes to serve with coronation chicken: 

6 Dishes to Serve with Coronation Chicken

From hot to cold, savoury to sweet, we have pulled together all the side dishes that can pair perfectly with your coronation chicken dish. We are sure that one of these 6 side sides will fit your fancy: 

1) Potatoes

There are few things that Brits love more than potatoes.

They are such a versatile starch and can be cooked in so many different ways you will never get bored of them. That being said, the best potatoes to serve with coronation chicken are baked potatoes. 

Baked Potato for Coronation Chicken

You can use the coronation chicken as a creamy topping for your baked potato and finish the whole thing off with a few slabs of butter for that ultimate creaminess.

You will not need to season or flavour the baked potato as the coronation chicken will do all the work for you. 

Considering how soft and tender coronation chicken should be, the crispy baked skin of the potato may be just the thing that is missing from your dish. 

2) Cucumber Sandwiches

For a new cook, even a dish as typically simple as coronation chicken can be a pain to make. So why not give yourself a break and choose a simple but no less delicious side dish to pair with the chicken? 

You will often find coronation chicken served as a sandwich filler at a summer picnic or office party. As such, cucumber sandwiches will fit right in next to a plate of coronation chicken sandwiches.

Better yet, they are a cheap and simple side dish to help make your picnic that much more filling. 

Even when cold, coronation chicken can be pretty heavy with its spices. A refreshing cucumber sandwich will be the perfect follow up to such a complex dish when you are still feeling pecking or want a palate cleanser. 

Cucumber Sandwiches

3) Kitchari Rice Salad

Sometimes the best meals are those that feature an essential, delicious main protein that is served with a more extravagant side dish.

We have kept most of the other side dishes on this list pretty basic so they are guaranteed to pair with your coronation chicken no matter what recipe you follow.

But to really set your tastebuds alight, try a kitchari rice salad. 

Kitchari is a type of rice dish that has a few variations within its origin country, India. You can add a range of vegetables to the dish as it is the Kitchair spice mix that ties the vegetables together.

This mix includes ginger, turmeric, coriander, and cumin which may not be the exact spices found in coronation chicken but are perfect compliments to the curry-like flavour of the chicken. 

4) Plain White Rice

It may not be the most exciting of side dishes, but plain white rice is used all over the world as a way to help bulk out a dish.

The rice is plain enough that it will not alter the flavour of your coronation chicken but still has enough taste to be enjoyable and moreish. 

You can use any white rice you like to side with coronation chicken. Fluffy, long-grained, or short-grained. Just use whatever you have to hand, cook it up and serve it next to your coronation chicken. 

If you so wish, you could even mix the coronation chicken into the white rice once it has been cooked. It will help blend the flavours of each dish better and will give the rice some taste if you are not a fan of plain white rice. 

5) Naan

Because of the spices used in coronation chicken, many describe it as having a distinctly curry-like flavour. While the chicken works perfectly in a plain bread sandwich, you can make the most of that curry-like flavour and upgrade your plain bread to naan. 

Naan is a popular flatbread found in many Asian cuisines but is primarily known in the UK as being the go-to side dish for a curry. Hence why the bread would work well as a side dish for the curry-flavoured coronation chicken. 

You can serve naan hot or cold, depending on how much effort you want to put into the side dish. When cold, it can be used to help make an elevated coronation chicken sandwich, and when hot, it can be used to dip into the chicken. 

6) Green Salad 

When you are running short of time and ingredients but want to make your coronation chicken dish look like more than just shredded chicken, stick with the basics.

Throw together a simple green salad using whatever fresh vegetables you have in your fridge.

Like coronation chicken, green salads are a staple at any summer lunch so will not look out of place next to your coronation chicken. Better yet, the vibrant chicken and lush green of the salad will make quite a satisfying visual on the picnic table. 

Coronation Chicken Accompaniments FAQs

Do you still have questions about what to serve alongside coronation chicken? Then these FAQs might help you out:

What is Coronation Chicken Made Of?

Coronation chicken is made of a combination of shredded chicken, mayonnaise, herbs and spices.

Is Coronation Chicken British or Indian?

It might have Indian-inspired spicing but coronation chicken is actually British. It was created in 1953 by Le Cordon Bleu cookery school founder to celebrate the Queen’s coronation.

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