Looking for the best way to reheat a chicken pot pie? Follow these step-by-step instructions to achieve delicious chicken pot pie every time.
Chicken pot pie is a beloved classic comfort food thanks in large part to the buttery, flaky crust. The crispy crust and savory pie filling makes it a favorite.
There are many different methods to reheat a chicken pot pie, but the goal is always to maintain that delicious, crispy crust while keeping the center creamy.
Whether reheating leftovers or you made a frozen pie in advance, chicken pot pie is easy to reheat and will taste delicious if you follow these simple steps.
Basic Tips for Reheating Chicken Pot Pie
If you are prepping pot pies ahead of time with the plan to freeze and reheat them, an excellent idea is to use a disposable aluminum pan to streamline the reheating process.
For all methods of reheating chicken pot pies, keep in mind that the goal is to have a hot center without burning the crust, which can be achieved a few different ways.
In order to balance the cooking times, using aluminum foil on the edges of your crust is the best way to allow the hot air to continue to circulate without burning the pie crust.
For a perfectly reheated chicken pot pie, you will want the center of your chicken pie to reach a temperature of 165-170°F that also avoids having a soggy crust.
If you do not have a food thermometer and want to make sure that the pie is done cooking, cut into the center of the pie with a knife.
If the filling is hot and bubbling, it is ready. Anything less and the pot pie isn’t done!
How to Reheat Frozen Chicken Pot Pie in the Oven
Reheating a frozen chicken pot pie in the oven is simple, and my favorite method, but it can be time consuming, so be sure to keep this in mind when you are preparing dinner.
The rule of thumb is “low and slow,” so keep the temperature moderate and plan for a cook time of at least half an hour or longer if frozen when using the oven method.
Oven reheating will preserve the flavor of a pie and will keep the crust flaky and delicious. It’s the best method for reheating a whole pie or larger pieces at once.
Every oven is different and these instructions are generalized instructions that can help you begin to reheat your pot pie, but keeping an eye on your food is key.
You’ll want to periodically check to make sure that the crust isn’t cooking faster than the filling, and adjust your cook time, temperature, or aluminum foil covering if needed.
- Preheat the oven to 325°F and remove pot pie from any plastic wrap or other wrapping. If you prepared and stored your pot pie in a tin or aluminum dish, you can leave it there. If you are reheating leftovers from a pan, transfer to an oven-safe dish for best results.
- Wrap the perimeter of the pie in foil to prevent the edges from drying out or burning. The goal is to leave some room for heat to circulate, so keep the center of the pie exposed. The middle crust will become flakier due to the steam rising from the hot filling. Pay attention to the speed in which your pie is browning in relation to the filling heating up and adjust your oven as necessary to avoid a soggy mess.
- Place your pot pie on a baking sheet in the preheated oven and reheat for approximately 25-35 minutes for refrigerated pies and 45 minutes or longer for frozen pies.
- If you are reheating multiple pies, stagger them a few minutes apart so all pies will be hot and fresh at serving time.
For reheating a pot pie in a toaster oven, follow all of the aforementioned steps for reheating in a conventional oven but set the heat to 375-400°F.
Make a few small cuts in the crust so steam can escape, and check on the pie regularly to avoid burning or rapidly overcooking your crust.
How to Reheat a Frozen Pot Pie Quickly in the Oven
There is a quicker method to reheating your pot pie in the oven that will allow you to cut cook time while keeping your crust flaky and your filling fresh.
If you make last minute plans to cook your frozen chicken pot pie, this is the best option for reheating pot pie the quickest way but still preserving the flaky texture.
This is a rapid method that is simple and requires very few steps.
- Preheat oven to 360°F.
- Transfer your pie to an oven-safe and microwave-safe dish.
- Cover the pie with a damp paper towel and place in microwave. Heat on high for three minutes. This will begin to thaw the pie and will allow it to cook evenly in the oven.
- Transfer pot pie to baking sheet and cover the perimeter of the pie with aluminum foil.
- Place the pot pies on a baking sheet in the center of the oven and heat for 10-12 minutes, or until the crusts are golden brown and the filling is hot at the center.
- For the last 2-3 minutes of reheating, remove aluminum foil to allow the crust to brown.
- Check for an internal temperature of 165-170°F, or until the filling is bubbling out when the center is cut.
- Cool to a comfortable temperature then serve. (Hot chicken pot pie can easily burn your mouth so be careful!)
How to Reheat Chicken Pot Pie in Air Fryer
Reheating chicken pot pie in the air fryer (or another form of convection oven) will keep your leftover chicken pot pie’s crust crispy and tasting as good as it did the first time.
It’s quicker than the oven, so you can serve up leftovers or your premade pie with ease, and it won’t risk making the crust soggy like a microwave might do.
This is an excellent solution for smaller servings in an instant.
- Preheat the air fryer to 350°F.
- If the pie is in a metal or aluminum tray, you can keep it as-is or you can place it in an oven-safe baking dish.
- Place the pie into the air fryer basket or tray.
- Cook for 8-12 minutes, until the center is heated through and the crust is a crispy, flaky golden brown.
- Check several times while cooking to make sure that the pie doesn’t burn.
- If the crust is browning too far ahead of the center heating, you can cover it with aluminum foil. This will allow the center to come up to temperature without overcooking the crust.
- Remove your heated pie from the air fryer and allow to cool to a moderate, comfortable temperature before serving.
How to Reheat Chicken Pot Pie in the Microwave
The microwave is the quickest, easiest method for reheating chicken pot pie but there’s a trade-off - the microwave oven cannot keep the flaky and crispy.
If you are packing your pie for leftover lunch at work or craving a last minute dinner, this is a method that will give you the savory flavor of a pot pie within minutes.
- Remove any plastic or metal wrapping from your pot pie and place on a microwave-safe plate dish or container.
- Poke several holes in the top of the crust of the pie. This will allow steam to escape and help prevent the crust from becoming soggy.
- Cover with a microwave-safe lid and microwave on high for 3-4 minutes. This is a suggested cooking time. All microwaves are different wattages and some tend to run hotter or colder without much rhyme or reason. You know your equipment best, so heat accordingly. You can heat in smaller increments of time to avoid overheating as well.
- Check the center of the pie to see if it is heated through. If not, continue to microwave for a minute at a time to avoid overcooking.
How to Reheat Chicken Pot Pie on the Stove Top
You may not have considered that chicken pot pie can be reheated on the stove top, but it can!
While this may seem unconventional, it is a perfectly viable solution for reheating your chicken pot pie.
Reheating on the stove top will keep the crust crispy but also work quickly, so it is great for people who don’t have an air fryer or are looking for an alternative method.
You do need to watch things carefully when using this method as it is easier to burn your pie by mistake, but the end result is a tasty chicken pot pie you are sure to love.
These step-by-step instructions will help you serve up a delicious chicken pot pie with a hearty filling in just a few easy steps.
- Heat a non-stick frying pan on medium to medium-high heat to use this easy skillet method.
- Place chicken pot pie into the pan and heat for 3-5 minutes, watching the crust carefully.
- Flip the pie over and continue to heat until it is cooked through.
- Remove from heat and serve immediately.
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