Vegan Coronation chickpeas and kidney beans sandwich is adapted from the classic coronation chicken sandwich filling.
This chickpea filling is quick, easy and so tasty. No cooking is required other than initial toasting of the spices.
The flavours of vegan coronation chickpeas and kidney beans are fruity, sweet, spicy, creamy, and nutty. So savoury and with the addition of toasted almonds pleasantly crunchy.
Enjoy this interesting and delicious sandwich filling for pack-lunches, picnics, buffets, parties, lunch and light dinners.
Coronation chickpeas and kidney beans are also excellent as a side-dish, as part of a salad, or packed into a fluffy baked potato.
Quick Origin of Coronation Chicken
Vegan coronation chicken sandwich is an adaption of the traditional coronation sandwich filling that was created in 1953 for the coronation lunch of Queen Elizabeth the 2nd.
The recipe was developed by the London Le Cordon Bleu culinary school. The traditional ingredients for coronation chicken include curry powder, dried apricots, chicken pieces, a creamy sauce, and toasted almonds.
Nowadays in Britain, coronation chicken is a popular café sandwich filling, as well as being served with baked potatoes, rice or salad. Coronation chicken is generally served chilled so is perfect for a fresh summer meal.
Adapted Vegan Coronation chicken
This plant-based recipe includes the traditional ingredients but substitutes the meat and dairy with chickpeas and kidney beans, soya yogurt and plant-based mayonnaise.
Although if preferred cooked vegan Quorn pieces, meat-free pieces, or tofu can be used instead of chickpeas and kidney beans. Or your favourite bean combo. Butterbeans or cannellini beans would be perfect as they are nice and creamy.
To begin, cinnamon, ginger and curry powder is dry-toasted to release the wonderful aromas and mouth-watering flavours. The spices are mixed with the yogurt, mayonnaise, mango chutney, dried apricots to create the curried creamy sauce. Finally the chickpeas and kidney beans are mixed through and popped in the fridge to chill and marinade in all the lovely flavours.
Vegan coronation chicken is fruity, sweet, spicy, creamy, crunchy and nutty. Each bite is packed full of savoury plant-based tastiness.
To garnish and to add a satisfying crunchy texture flaked almonds are quickly dry-toasted in a pan until the edges begin to golden. The same pan that the spices were toasted in is ideal as the almonds will pick up any spices that are left in the pan.
The toasted almonds are scattered over the coronation filling before serving along with some chopped coriander/cilantro.
***I have included a link to a silken tofu based all-natural ingredient recipe for mayonnaise within the recipe facts*** This can be used as a sub for shop-bought vegan mayonnaise if preferred.
How To Easily Prepare Vegan Coronation Chicken Sandwich
Recipe Notes And FAQS
Store Coronation chickpeas and kidney beans in the fridge for 3 days, in a covered container.
* baked white or sweet potato
* any variety of cooked rice
* mixed salad
* large lettuce leaf's to fill up with filling and wrap up
* as a component in a salad/power/Buddha bowl
* scoop onto vegan crackers or Scottish oatcakes
* as a dip and use slices of naan bread to scoop up the Coronation chickpeas
* enjoy these creamy chickpeas as a side along with your favourite curry or with lentil dal and rice
* chopped green onions/spring greens
* chopped chives
* fine diced red onion
* fine diced fresh chilli
* dried chilli or red pepper/paprika flakes
* chopped parsley instead of coriander
* any other bean or bean combo
* tofu or cooked vegan Quorn pieces/meat-free pieces instead of beans
* raisins or sultanas instead of dried apricots
* I used un-sulphured dried apricots which are darker than ordinary orange apricots as they have not been treated with sulphur dioxide which acts as a preservative. However, any dried apricots can be used.
* chopped toasted cashews or walnuts instead of almonds
* or toasted sunflower/pumpkin seeds instead of nuts
* omit the vegan mayonnaise and replace with all yogurt
* use a homemade silken tofu based mayonnaise such as this recipe from the plant-based Dr McDougall.
Yes this recipe is easily prepared free from gluten. Use your favourite gluten-free bread or wrap. Or perhaps a large lettuce leaf such as romaine instead of bread.
Also check your curry powder or blend to make sure that no gluten ingredients have been added.
More Vegan Lunch Ideas
Delicious Smoky Carrot-Dogs (veggie hotdogs)
Vegan Coronation Chickpeas and Kidney Bean Tortilla Wrap
- small non-stick fry pan/skillet to toast spices and flaked almonds
For the vegan coronation chicken:
- 1 can chickpeas 400g/14 oz can, drained or 240g cooked beans
- 1 can kidney beans 400g/ 14 oz can, drained or 240g cooked beans
- 6 whole dried apricots chopped. Use a few extra if liked
- 10 tablespoon soya yogurt or other vegan plain yogurt
- 3 tablespoon vegan mayonnaise shop bought, or homemade see Notes
- 1 tablespoon mango chutney extra if desired
- 1 teaspoon tomato puree paste
- 2 teaspoon curry powder I use a mild powder but for more spice use medium or hot.
- ¼ teaspoon cinnamon
- ¼ teaspoon dried ginger
For assembling the sandwich:
- 40 grams flaked almonds
- 25 grams fresh coriander
- 100 grams mixed salad leaves such as baby spinach, baby chard, baby kale, etc. Serve the extra salad on the side.
- 4 tortilla wraps Or bread of your choice.
Prepare the Coronation filling:
- Dry toast the curry powder, cinnamon, and ginger in a small fry pan over a medium heat for 5 minutes.Shake and stir frequently so the spices gently toast evenly. Tip the spices into a mixing bowl.
- Mix through the yogurt, mayonnaise, tomato puree, and mango chutney with the spices.
- Stir through the chickpeas, kidney beans and chopped apricots. Set aside to chill for at least 20 minutes, or serve as is.
Toast the flaked almonds:
- Add the almonds to the pan and toast in the same fashion as the spices until the almonds become golden at the edges.
- Check the Coronation chickpea seasoning. Add salt and pepper to taste.Add extra mango chutney if desired.
- To each tortilla wrap add some salad leaves and scoop some filling over. Sprinkle some almonds and coriander over.
- Check the back of the tortilla packet as often there are easy instructions for how to wrap it up. Slice each wrap vertically.
- Serve with any extra salad, flaked almonds and cilantro/coriander.
- Nutritional data is provided for guidance only and is not a strict calculation as ingredients vary.
- The nutritional analysis includes 4 flour tortilla wraps.
- Coronation chickpeas will stay fresh in the fridge for 3 days, in a covered container.
- Best enjoyed chilled straight from the fridge.
- Save time and prepare the filling a day or two in advance. This will also allow the flavours to develop further. Add the toasted almonds before serving.
- Enjoy as a sandwich, tortilla wrap, pitta, bagel filling or pack into romaine lettuce leaf's, baked potatoes, salad/power/Buddha bowls, or serve with rice.
- If you don't like vegan shop-bought mayonnaise then try the plant-based Dr McDougall's recipe for a silken-tofu based mayonnaise.