Unwaxed dental floss makes a convenient string for trussing the bird.
To test for doneness, pierce the skin between the thigh and the body. Clear juices indicate doneness; if the juice still runs pink, roast the bird a little longer.
Roast chicken is a traditional centerpiece for a family dinner. Accompany it with fresh cranberry relish, buttered Brussels sprouts, mashed potatoes and tender green peas. Finish the meal with an old-fashioned homemade dessert, such as apple crisp, pumpkin pie of bread pudding.