Preheat the oven to 350 degrees. Start with a whole chicken, about 3.5-4 lbs. Remove the insides. Your bagged chicken might have a neck and gizzards inside the cavity.
Pat down the chicken with a paper towel or clean kitchen towel. Removing the moisture helps to make a crispy skin!
Set the chicken in a roasting pan greased with olive oil. Mix the room temperature butter with the leaves from 3 branches of thyme in a bowl.
Inside the chicken cavity, 2 branches of thyme, the 3 cloves of garlic and both lemon halves and a teaspoon of coarse salt.
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