Giada comes through again! The chicken was really yummy and really easy. And it was so much more moist than when I cook a whole chicken in the crockpot. Jen A, you were right! I am switching to cooking whole chickens in the oven instead.
I didn't end up doing the pan sauce. I didn't think there were enough drippings for it, but then when I went to wash the pan I realized there probably would have been. Oh well, the meat was so moist it really didn't need it.
This was definitely something I'll make again. Now to find more roast chicken recipes for the oven...and to learn how to carve up a chicken. I really have no idea what I'm doing when it comes to that. I had an aversion to meat with bones in it for a really long time (I lived with vegetarians in college, what can I say. Hi, Joanne!), so cooking whole chickens is something I've only started doing very recently. I always feel like I'm leaving so much meat on the bones, but I don't know how better to do it.