Chicken pot pie is the epitome of comfort food and one of the best things about it is that it can be a one-pot meal. When you have leftover chicken pot pie, reheating can be tricky to keep that crispy crust you want. This is the best method for heating up leftovers quickly!
We love a classic chicken pot pie in our home.
I make a delicious crustless chicken pot pie with a simple breadcrumb. And in a pinch, we eat it with biscuits on top or a layer of flaky crust.
The best thing about this dish is how adaptable it is to your personal tastes and with what’s in your refrigerator.
There are different ways to reheat your pot pie so that you have a warm center of the pie while keeping the top crust from being a soggy mess.
Let’s take a look at the different methods that work for both refrigerated leftovers and a frozen pie.
Can you reheat chicken pot pie?
Yes, you can reheat a chicken pot pie.
The question is how do you do that while keeping that buttery, golden brown top crust while preventing the bottom crust from becoming mush?
You know how delicious a freshly baked chicken pie is with the steaming stew meat inside and the crispy edges of the crust that flake off onto your fork on the outside.
It is a dish that quickly becomes a favorite food.
Occasionally, you will have leftovers and will want to eat them throughout the week.
There are a couple of methods that will prevent a soggy pie, whether you are reheating a home cooked pot pie or a frozen chicken pot pie.
Reheating Chicken Pot Pie in the Convection Oven
I think this is the best way to bring a leftover pot pie up to temperature.
Most ovens have a convection setting and they are great for reheating because they have fans that circulate the hot air around the oven to prevent hot and cold spots.
Your tasty chicken pot pie will reheat evenly with the chicken filling being warm and the top of the pie not being overcooked or burnt.
A good rule of thumb is to place a small piece of aluminum foil over the top of the pie crust so that it doesn’t burn while the hearty filling is warming.
If you have a cast iron skillet, preheat your skillet with your oven. Put your slice of pie in the cast iron and warm it that way.
The heat of the deep skillet will give the bottom of the dish a crispy texture and help it not be soggy.
- Preheat your oven to 325°F with the cast iron in the oven.
- Place your pie or pie slice on parchment paper and lower it into the hot cast iron skillet.
- Cover the pot pie with foil to prevent burning.
- Warm pot pie for 15 minutes or until heated through.
Reheating Chicken Pot Pie in the Microwave
This method certainly works faster than the oven method, but you won’t get the flaky texture you will get with the oven.
Sometimes, time is the most important factor and the microwave is the best option.
Place your pot pie and place it on a microwave-safe dish.
I like to put a paper towel over the top to prevent a mess in my microwave as it heats and pops.
A little tip for this method is to reheat pieces of the pie instead of the entire pie.
It will reheat quicker and more evenly if the microwave is less full.
If you are reheating a frozen piece of pie, heat it in 2-3 minute increments.
Maybe your pot pie has been in the refrigerator. In that case, reheat it in 30 second – 1 minute increments until heated through.
- Place pot pie on microwave-safe plate
- Cover with a paper towel to prevent splatter
- Cook 2 minutes at a time until heated through
Reheating Chicken Pot Pie in an Air Fryer
Air fryers have a magical way of heating up foods so that they are hot and crispy.
It is a great little kitchen appliance that often gets overlooked, but people love it!
In my opinion, it does a better job than the microwave and takes about the same amount of time.
It does require that you have an additional appliance in your kitchen, so it might not be an option for you.
This method is the closest to the convection oven method as it circulates dry heat to warm evenly.
Be sure to heat smaller pieces to get the best results with this reheating process.
There are a few simple steps to reheating in an air fryer.
- Preheat your air fryer to 365°F
- Place your pie in the air fryer basket and let it reheat for 5 minutes.
- You might need to warm it for a few additional minutes, depending upon your air fryer.
- Make sure your pie has an internal temperature of 165° and enjoy!
Reheating Pot Pie in an Instant Pot
Yes, you read that right. You can reheat food in your instant pot.
As a family that tries to use the microwave oven the least amount as possible, the instant pot can step in and replace that.
Sometimes, we aren’t able to recreate the dish exactly as we want when we heat it a second time.
This is one of those instances, but it still tastes delicious.
I like to think of the final product as a hearty meal of chicken and dumplings.
If it seems a bit dry or thick, add a glug of chicken broth and enjoy!
Stovetop Method for Reheating Pot Pie
This method works well if you have a cast iron skillet.
You need that preheated pan to keep the bottom pie crust from getting mushy.
Preheat your cast Iron on your stove top on medium-high heat.
Place your leftover pie bake in the skillet and turn the heat down to a medium low heat.
I have a skillet with a lid and will pop the lid over top. This will allow the center to warm.
While that heat, turn your oven broiler on to low.
After your pot pie has warmed on the stove for 5-10 minutes, pop it under the broiler for a few minutes to help the top of your pie get that crispy, buttery crust.
- Preheat your cast iron skillet
- Once hot, place your leftover pie on the cast iron and cover for 5 minutes
- Turn on your boiler and broil the uncovered pot pie until the top crust is crispy
Can you freeze Chicken Pot Pie?
Yes! You can freeze chicken pot pie.
The best way to freeze a pot pie is to prepare it up until baking.
It isn’t a good idea to freeze it until you have a cooled pot pie filling, but once that has come to room temperature you should be fine.
Wrap it in plastic wrap and foil the pot pie dish for extra freezer protection.
It will keep in the freezer for 3-4 months.
It is best to freeze the whole pie dish rather than single slices. The entire pie keeps better and is less likely to get freezer burn.