A great roast chicken is a workhorse in a home cook’s repertoire: It makes a good centerpiece for a meal, and leftovers can be used in everything from sandwiches and salads to soups and enchiladas. And while there are plenty of involved recipes out there, Chowhounds agree that it doesn’t take much prep or fussing to yield a juicy, crisp-skinned bird.

Photo of Basic Whole Roasted Chicken by Chris Rochelle / CHOW.com

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