And the winner is... the Zuni chicken, by a 10-0 unanimous vote!
Thanks, Hounds, for all your tips. I incorporated every one of them.
I managed to get 2.5lb-ish chickens from d'Artagnan at Fairways, and they were perfect.
Being Oscar night, I got a bit swanky and used Poilane bread for the salad, along with some mesclun. Perfect - chewy and delicious.
I did cause some smoke alarm problems but it's amazing how deaf one becomes in the name of roasting chicken!
After the Zunis, the Oscars seemed a bit lackluster (Charlize Theron excepted, of course).