The first time I ever roasted an entire chicken, I immediately went to YouTube and watched Julia Child’s demonstration. I watched the entire video, totally rapt by her charm and bravada, and horrified by her lack of hand-washing. Although I don’t truss, nor use a roasting spit, I still follow Julia’s basic chicken roasting tenets with a perfect success rate thus far.
I have officially roasted several chickens now and each has been better than the last. My levels of chicken roasting experience are not in the Julia Child range, but I feel quite confident and comfortable around a whole chicken. And I have tips, folks. Wise tips!