There’s nothing basic about this simple roast chicken recipe. It makes an amazingly crispy and flavorful chicken every time. Start by rubbing butter all over the outside of the chicken. Reach under the chicken’s skin (at the breast) and rub butter under the skin as far as you can reach without tearing the skin.
Take sprigs of your favorite herbs (like thyme, parsley, rosemary, etc.) and bundle them together (tie them with kitchen twine if you have it). Then, put the bundle of herbs inside the chicken and season the outside of the chicken all over with kosher salt.
Preheat the oven to 450 degrees, letting the chicken sit at room temperature while the oven preheats. Roast the chicken until a thermometer inserted into the thickest part of the thigh registers 170 degrees.
When the chicken is done roasting, let it sit for 5 minutes before you carve and serve it; this will help ensure that the meat is juicy.