I definitely looked at this recipe and thought that it seemed way too simple and used way too much butter. But I followed it to a T (very generously salted, peppered and onion powdered) and it was... delicious. It smelled sort of like ramen when it was baking, and filled the house with that savory, buttery, meaty, oniony umami scent. We baked it at the exact specified temperature and time, forgot to baste the chicken at the end but DID tent it for 30 minutes, and it still came out amazing. The breast meat was juicy, the skin was crispy and flavorful, and the carcass made delicious soup the next day. Our guests actually fought over their favorite chicken pieces. We used a super cheap chicken, and will definitely be buying more whole chickens when they are on sale for this recipe. This is just as good, if not better, than my beloved rotisserie chicken. But next time, I will actually use margarine as called for instead of salted butter to cut down on cost. Don't be afraid to try this one - you will not be disappointed! Garlic, rosemary, etc. not necessary: all you need is this recipe!
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I definitely looked at this recipe and thought that it seemed way too simple and used way too...