1 (3 pound) whole chicken, giblets removed
salt and black pepper to taste
1 tablespoon onion powder, or to taste
1/2 cup margarine, divided
1 stalk celery, leaves removed
1. Preheat oven to 350°F.
2. Place chicken in a roasting pan, and season generously inside and out with salt and pepper. Sprinkle inside and out with onion powder. Place 3 tablespoons margarine in the chicken cavity. Arrange dollops of the remaining margarine around the chicken’s exterior. Cut the celery into 3 or 4 pieces, and place in the chicken cavity.
3. Bake uncovered 1 hour and 30 minutes in the preheated oven, to a minimum internal temperature of 180°F. Remove from heat, and baste with melted margarine and drippings. Cover with aluminum foil, and allow to rest about 15 minutes before serving.