This Morning's Roast Chicken

This Morning's Roast Chicken

Tom Parker Bowles brings his simplest family favourite recipe to the This Morning kitchen - his mother, Camilla Parker Bowles' organic roast chicken.


  • 1 large free-range chicken
  • 1½ unwaxed lemons
  • olive oil, for rubbing

For the gravy:

  • 150 ml dry white wine
  • 150 ml chicken stock

To serve:

  • Seasonal vegetables


  1. Preheat the oven to 220C/200C fan/gas 7.
  2. Pierce the whole lemon several times with the tip of a sharp knife or a skewer, then place in the chicken cavity. Rub some oil into the skin, season inside and out with salt and freshly ground black pepper (be generous), then squeeze the juice of ½ lemon over the bird.
  3. Roast for 10-15 minutes, then turn down the heat to 180C/160C fan/gas 4 and cook for another 50 minutes to 1 hourl, or until juices run clear when the leg is pierced with the tip of a knife.
  4. Remove the chicken from the pan and let it rest for 10-15 minutes while you make gravy.
  5. Spoon off the fat from the pan, then place the pan over a medium-high heat. Pour in the wine and deglaze, stirring vigorously. Bubble until reduced, then add the stock. Bring to a boil and season to taste with salt and freshly ground black pepper.
  6. To serve, carve the chicken and accompany with seasonal vegetables and gravy.


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