Preheat oven to 425°F. Be sure the oven is at the right temperature before placing the bird in the oven.
Preheat oven to 450°F. Make sure the oven has reached the correct temperature before placing the bird in the oven.
Place the chicken in the hot oven for 15 minutes, then reduce the temperature to 350°F. Cook 20 minutes per pound or until an instant-read thermometer inserted into the thigh reads 165°F.
If you do not have a roasting rack, simply slice up an onion into thick slices and place on a roasting pan. Place the chicken breast side down instead of up, then flip breast side up half way through cooking.