I tested supermarket coronation chicken sandwiches – the winner was a close call but it’s good news for bargain hunters

JUST days remain before King Charles is crowned and what better way to celebrate than eating coronation sandwiches?

The famous sandwich made its debut at the late Queen Elizabeth’s coronation in 1953.


The Sun’s Sophie King tested six sandwiches ahead of the coronation

The traditional recipe includes chicken pieces covered in a curry cream sauce with added sultanas and possibly chutney.

To save you the hassle, we took on the task of tasting supermarkets’ very own coronation chicken sandwiches.

We compared the taste, ratio and value for money.

While it was tricky to determine a winner flavour-wise due to their similarity, we rose to the occasion and chose a sarnie to take the crown.

Here are the scores:


Aldi's was really impressive


Aldi’s was really impressive

Aldi’s coronation chicken sandwich comes with chicken pieces, the classic coronation sauce, spinach, sultanas, pepper and mango chutney.

What I liked about this one was that the chutney and pepper were a unique addition to the sandwich.

It had a spicy smell to it compared to the others, which was a bonus.

Priced at £1.89, and the cheapest sandwich this is a great bargain for what you get.

Now I don’t like brown bread, so the white bread was a welcome surprise to me.

  • Taste: 10/10
  • Value: 9/10
  • Ratio: 8/10
  • Total: 27/30


M&S' sarnie popped off


M&S’ sarnie popped off

Marks & Spencer’s sandwich was also impressive.

It came with the classic ingredients as well as a pickle.

It was a triple sandwich so it came with three pieces of bread rather than two, though I must admit this was a little too much for me

It was very neat and stayed together as I ate it.

I really liked the sweet versus savoury combo and felt that there was just the right amount of spinach.

The only thing that let me down, except for the bread was the cost at £4.50 making it the most expensive sarnie out of the six I tried.

  • Taste: 10/10
  • Value: 5/10
  • Ratio: 9/10
  • Total: 24/30


Sainsbury's coronation chicken sarnie was tasty


Sainsbury’s coronation chicken sarnie was tasty

The Sainsbury’s coronation chicken sandwich looks really nice.

The thick white bread was really tasty and the sultana to chicken ratio was spot on.

The only issue is that there was a bit too much spinach.

I would also knock a point off as it was a little dry compared to the others.

  • Taste: 7/10
  • Value: 8/10
  • Ratio: 6/10
  • Total: 21/30


Morrisons plain white bread surprised me, but I wasn't disappointed


Morrisons plain white bread surprised me, but I wasn’t disappointed

Morrisons’ sandwich was the only one out of the six I tried that wasn’t with seeded bread.

This one was quite simple, which isn’t necessarily a complaint, and came with exactly what you expect in a coronation chicken sarnie.

I really like this one – though it did feel a lot simpler than the others which could be down to the plainer loaf.

The chicken ratio was really good, but I would have liked a few more sultanas.

There could have been more filling too, as there were parts where I was just eating bread.

However, the coronation taste was great and despite there being too much spinach, it didn’t feel dry.

  • Taste: 7/10
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ratio: 6/10
  • Total: 20/30


Tesco's chicken pieces were my favourite


Tesco’s chicken pieces were my favourite

Tesco’s coronation chicken sandwich was also complimented with white seeded bread.

There were some bigger pieces of chicken in this one, which I liked as some of the others has smaller bits.

The chicken was lovely and tender too.

It had a nice curry kick to it and the ratio was pretty much spot on except there was a bit too much spinach again.

Tesc’s sarnie was good though it didn’t come with any special extras like Aldi and M&S which I would have liked to have seen.

  • Taste: 7/10
  • Value: 7/10
  • Ratio: 7/10
  • Total: 21/30


Waitrose was sadly my least favourite


Waitrose was sadly my least favourite

Bread can make or break a sandwich, and unfortunately I don’t like brown bread.

While it didn’t ruin the Waitrose sandwich for me, it did have an impact sadly.

The coronation chicken bit looked a little like scrambled egg, although it still tasted really nice.

I loved the coriander flavour but the spinach was sort of clumped together in the middle which made it a little messy to eat.

It also costs £4 making it the most second expensive sarnie out of the six I tried.

  • Taste: 5/10
  • Value: 5.10
  • Ratio: 5/10
  • Total: 15/30

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