I love roasted chicken and was looking for a way to make tender, juicy chicken at home. I have baked a few chickens in this and have had great results each time. The biggest chicken I've fit in this is about 8 pounds, with the cover on. Pampered Chef advertises you can use this in the microwave and cook a chicken in 30 minutes. I am not able to try this because my microwave is too small. This deep dish baker is part of Pampered Chef's stoneware line. The outside is glazed, but the inside is unfinished stoneware. That means you can not use soap to clean it or it will ruin the seasoning and may make your food taste soapy. Some foods have required soaking to clean it, but I think you'd have to do that whether you used soap or not. I really like this baker but I do have one big problem with it... storage. The baker can be tall with the lid on, and there's no way to store the lid inside the baker. I recommend this product for anyone who likes to roast chickens, ribs, or other small meats at home.