I never start a meal a day in advance let alone a day and a half. I did want to make this recipe so I did the whole thing in less than 6 hours and it turned out pretty well. I can’t find a whole chicken to buy that’s less than 4.5 lbs. Most of them are 6 or more! I brined my large chicken for about 3 hours, took it out, dried it with paper towels, set it in the roasting rack on my counter to dry for an hour and then roasted it for 1.5 hours. The flavor was delicious and the meat was moist although only a small part of the skin was crispy. I was hoping that this chicken would be leftovers for several days but my husband ate half of it the first night ! Maybe someday I’ll plan ahead and make the recipe properly!