* Stuffing in baking dish will be drier than stuffing in chicken. For moister stuffing, add 2 tablespoons chicken broth or water to stuffing in baking dish before baking.
Letting a whole roasted chicken or turkey stand for 10 to 20 minutes prior to carving gives the juices time to redistribute and makes the meat easier to slice.
Remove all the stuffing from the chicken before serving. Otherwise, the stuffing int he cavity cools at a different rate from the meat, leading to ideal conditions for bacterial growth. Refrigerate leftover stuffing and chicken separately, as soon after serving is possible.
Walnuts or almonds can stand in for the pecans; chopped dried apricots, pitted prunes or mixed dried (not candied) fruit can replace some or al of the raisins.
Serve the chicken with buttered green beans, a big tossed salad and cranberry muffins.