Chicken Mayonnaise is a sandwich filling made out of chicken and mayonnaise flavoured with herbs and spices. A dish that originated from the “Coronation Chicken” which was invented by Rosemary Hume (chef) and Constance Spry (florist), it was created while preparing banquet food for the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II in 1953, hence the name. The first version uses curry powder due to the limited availability of fresh curry spices during that time in Britain. It was then refined and improved later on by using fresh herbs and spices and additional ingredients such as raisins, almonds and the use of crème friache. It then became popular in Britain as it was easy to make and consume, it was on the right timing as television is becoming popular during that time and eating in front of the telly was a common place. This definitely was the meal to serve.
In Philippines this is one of the popular sandwich fillings next to egg sandwich and tuna sandwich, this is definitely a must have if you go to picnics. Like the British, convenience was one of the reason why this is a hit in picnic baskets back home. Our version uses chicken, mayonnaise, pickles and onions. A really good and satisfying filling which you can use with your favourite bread.
2 1/2 cups cooked chicken, sliced thinly
1 1/2 cup American Style or Creamy mayonnaise
1 tbsp finely chopped pickles
1 tbsp finely chopped onions
2 tsp caster sugar
freshly ground black pepper
iceberg lettuce leaves
your favourite bread (fresh or toasted)
1. In a bowl mix thoroughly together chicken, mayonnaise, pepper, sugar, salt, pickles and onions.
2. Place lettuce on top of bread, place chicken mixture on top then serve.