Thursday, 4 August 2011

Fake Coronation Chicken

Looks exactly like real coronation chicken, but with no chicken! Magic! For those who don't know, coronation chicken is a dish invented to celebrate Queen Elizabeth II's coronation in the 50's. It's uses mild curry spices mixed with mayonnaise, dried fruit (usually sultanas and apricots) and something to give it a little sweetness. We eat it cold, on sandwiches or jacket potatoes. It can also be served with toasted flaked almonds sprinkled on top.

Coronation 'chicken' jackets

Serves 2

Potatoes take 1hr 25 minutes to bake, the rest takes around 20 minutes to prepare.

200g fake chicken/tofu pieces/whatever

1.5 tbsp low fat mayo

2 tbsp low fat greek yoghurt

1 tbsp mild curry powder

1 tbsp apricot jam

Handful of dried fruits e.g. sultanas

2 baking (big!) potatoes

Preheat the oven to 180C

* Put the potatoes on a backing tray, prick the skins, rub them with a bit of oil if desired then stick them in the oven for roughly 1 hour and 25 minutes. Enormous potatoes will obviously take a little longer. The ones we get at our supermarket are quite modest.

* Put some oil on to heat for cooking the ficken (infused oil works nice; I used lime oil).

* While that's heating, put the coronation sauce ingredients into a bowl and mix together. That's everything that's not a potato or ficken!

* Fry the ficken until it's cooked (quorn pieces take about 10 minutes) then leave to cool a little while before stirring in with the sauce.

* Refrigerate the filling until the potatoes are done, then spoon it on top of a hot, buttery potato.

As a bonus recipe, I served this with a side salad that consisted of:
1 Romano pepper
Half a pack of ready cut mango pieces
Sprinkling of pine nuts
A dressing made from yoghurt, water, sugar, garlic and herbs.

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