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Coronation Chickpeas

Vegan coronation chicken alternative: coronation chickpeas

This vegan alternative to coronation chicken is made with chickpeas and cashews in a twist on the classic.

Coronation chicken was invented, so the story goes, for the Queen coronation in 1953. Its the most retro, kitschy ‘50s sandwich filling ever.

Vegan sandwich filling: coronation chickpeas


As a vegetarian child of the ‘90s, I never tried that ‘coronation’ flavour growing up: my sarnies were always cheese and tomato or egg mayo, so when I finally discovered coronation sauce in my twenties, it was a taste sensation.

Vegan coronation chickpeas

A creamy dressing, with very mild and somewhat sweet, very vaugely Indian-style spices. Most coronation recipes call for mango chutney and curry powder, and this is no exception. With a burst of juicy, sweet sultanas and firm chickpeas and cashews to give it the bite of chicken, this version should go down just as well and your next retro dinner party (or in your packed lunch).

For a truly traditional look, serve it up between two slices of wonderbread (don’t do that if you’re gluten-free! The authentic experience is not worth getting glutened). Find a gluten-free loaf of white, or wrap your coronation chickpeas up in gluten-free wraps with a handful of spinach.

Coronation chickpea sandwich

Coronation Chickpeas

A modern (and veganised) version of the ’50s’ favourite sandwich filling. This vegan coronation chicken alternative has all the flavour, colour and texture of the original.
Prep Time10 mins
Course: Snack
Cuisine: Gluten-Free, Vegan
Servings: 2
Author: zoepickburn


  • 1 400g can Chickpeas
  • 35 g Sultanas
  • 35 g Chopped cashews

Coronation dressing

  • 2 tbsp. Veganaise (shop-bought works fine)
  • 2 tbsp. Vegan yogurt
  • 2 tbsp. Mango chutney
  • 1 tbsp. Lemon juice
  • 1 tsp. Garam masala
  • 1 tsp. Curry powder
  • 0.25 tsp. Salt


  • Drain and rinse the chickpeas and put them in a mixing bowl
  • Add the sultanas and cashews, and stir together
  • In a small bowl, stir to combine the wet ingredients of the coronation dressing (vegannaise, vegan yogurt, mango chutney & lemon juice), then add the the dry ingredients (garam masala, curry powder & salt) and stir again
  • Stir 3 tbsp. of the vegan coronation dressing into the chickpea mixture
  • Serve on a bed of spinach, or with a handful of spinach packed inside a couple of wraps


Save the remainder of the dressing to use another day.
Vegan coronation chicken alternative: coronation chickpeas

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