Roasted Cayenne Chicken

Tom Parker Bowles makes a spicy roast and serves it with just blanched peas that still pop in your mouth - no mushy peas please
By Tom Parker Bowles
Roasted Cayenne Chicken
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  • Serves: 4
  • Cook Time: 1 hour 10 minutes
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Effort: easy


For the chicken:

  • 1 large chicken
  • lemons, pierced several times
  • olive oil
  • 1/2 lemon, juice only
  • 1 tsp ground cayenne pepper
  • 1 glass white wine
  • 150 ml chicken stock

For the peas:

  • fresh peas, podded
  • butter


1. For the chicken: preheat the oven to 220C/Gas 7.

2. Stuff the chicken with the lemon. Rub olive oil into the skin and season with salt and pepper, dust with the cayenne pepper and squeeze the remaining lemon half over the bird.

3. Roast in the oven, turning down the heat to 180C/Gas 4 after 20 minutes. Cook until the juices run clear when the leg of the bird is pierced with the tip of a knife.

4. Remove the chicken from the roasting tin and keep warm whilst you make the gravy. Spoon off some of the fat from the roasting tin, then put it over a medium heat. Pour in the wine and allow to bubble up, then add the chicken stock. Bring to the boil, then season.

5. For the peas: bring a pan of salted water to the boil. Add the peas and cook just for 10-30 seconds; you want them just barely tender, so they still pop in your mouth, no mushy overcooked peas please.

6. Quickly drain, put the peas in a bowl with a dollop of butter and a sprinkling of salt.

7. Serve the roast chicken with the peas, gravy and maybe a dressed green salad.

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