What I learned about roasting a whole chicken:
1. It IS simple to do. It takes a while to cook in the oven but all you have to do is a little prep work beforehand and the oven does the rest.
2. It is great for leftovers
3. It is much cheaper to buy a whole chicken
4. It is almost foolproof (that is if you read the whole recipe before beginning). You can roast a chicken so many different ways just by adding different vegetables and spices that you have on hand and that are in season.
I have a feeling I will be buying whole chickens from now on to cook with. If you are like me and the thought of discarding the giblets turns you off just close your eyes and go for it. Truthfully though, it's not that bad :).