If a historical company like Pastificio Berruto asks you to think of a nutritionally balanced one-dish meal for young consumers to be published in the middle of summer, I immediately thought of my kids, of what they would be able to cook on their own and, above all, of what would make them and their friends happy for a summer lunch. Here is my Coronation Pasta Salad.
My recipe draws inspiration from Coronation chicken, a cold chicken dish that was invented by the two women who ran the London Cordon Bleu cooking school for the banquet organised for Queen Elizabeth‘s coronation in 1953. The name is therefore a clear tribute to the event for which it was intended.
In addition to boiled chicken left to cool, the recipe called for dried apricots, curry, mayonnaise and sour cream, as well as other ingredients in smaller amounts. The two ingredients I took the liberty of making changes to are mayonnaise, the amount of which I have drastically reduced, and sour cream, which I have replaced with zero-fat Greek yoghurt. Furthermore, I turned the recipe into a delicious pasta salad.
So, I enriched the chicken with pasta as a source of carbohydrates and cherry tomatoes as a source of fibre and a touch of freshness. In short, a riot of aromas, flavours and colours for a truly royal summer!
Coronation pasta salad
22.16g carbohydrates per 100g
Ingredients for 4-6 servings
- 600g chicken
- 300g gluten-free Penne Berruto**
- 150g water used for boiling the chicken
- 85g dried apricots
- 75g fat-free Greek yoghurt
- 75g mayonnaise*
- 1 onion
- 1 carrot
- 2 shallots
- 2 teaspoons curry*
- 1 level tablespoon of tomato paste
- The juice of ½ lemon
- chopped parsley
- 1 bay leaf
- 4 peppercorns
- salt and pepper
**Ingredients specific for celiacs
*Ingredients whose labels must read “gluten-free” (or, in Italy, present on Prontuario AIC)
- Boil the chicken breasts in a large pan with the bay leaf, onion and carrot. Add half a tablespoon of salt and the peppercorns; bring to the boil over medium heat and cook for about 25 minutes. Remove from the heat and allow the chicken to cool in the cooking juices.
- Meanwhile, fry the finely chopped shallots in a non-stick pan with a little oil; add the curry and continue cooking for one minute. Add the tomato paste dissolved in the chicken stock, the lemon juice and cook for 10 minutes to thicken the sauce. Remove from the heat and allow to cool.
- Remove the chicken from the broth and cut it into fairly even pieces.
- Mix together mayonnaise, yoghurt and curry sauce; add chopped apricots and season with salt and pepper.
- Season the chicken with the sauce and stir, making sure that it is completely covered by it. Leave it to rest.
- Cook the penne al dente in plenty of salted water, drain and dress with the chicken salad. Complete with a few chopped cherry tomatoes and a sprinkling of chopped parsley. Serve the salad warm or cold to taste: it is simply irresistible!
Version with gluten of Coronation salad
Replace the gluten-free Penne Berruto with standard Penne Berruto, while the sauce contains only naturally gluten-free ingredients, so no changes are necessary.