Clean chicken and set innards in a medium pot 1/2 full of water. Simmer on a very low flame, covered, for 1-1/2 hour. Add salt and pepper to taste. This step can wait until you put the chicken in the oven if you prefer.
Combine spices in a bowl large enough to cover the chicken. Start with 2 cups of water and stir until salt is dissolved.
Place chicken in bowl, breast down, and cover with water.
Cover bowl with cling wrap and let soak 1 hr per pound (eg.: soak a 6 pound bird for 6 hours).
Preheat oven to 400°F.
Place chicken, breast side up, on a 1/2 sheet pan with wire cooking rack, filled 1/3 full with brine solution, and cook for 1-1/2 hours.
Remove chicken from oven and allow to rest for 10 minutes before cooking.