Add me to the list of those who had my doubts about the combination of ingredients, but proceeded with preparing it thanks to all the positive reviews. Boy, was I glad I did! This is truly the tastiest roasted chicken I've ever eaten. I removed the backbone to butterfly my chicken. After reading reviews, I doubled the spices except for salt and rubbed under the skin (except for the legs, where I rubbed the spices on top). I refrigerated in a ziplock bag for the full 24 hours. I placed breast side down on a roasting pan sprayed with PAM and added several cups of water to the bottom of the pan. Boy, am I glad I did. There was literally no water (only about a half a cup of drippings) left when I opened the oven to pull the chicken out, so I can see that the pan might have been a bear to clean otherwise. I had no problems with smoking and thanks to the water, the clean-up was easy. Since I added the water, I didn't open the oven to baste. Thirty minutes before my chicken was due to come out of the oven, I put in a pan of cubed sweet potatoes to roast and turned them over after 15 minutes and returned to the oven. They were the perfect side dish. I made the chimichurri sauce for steaks off of this website. We added just a small amount to our chicken and it really enhanced the spices and flavors. My family is asking for me to make it again this week!
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Add me to the list of those who had my doubts about the combination of ingredients, but...