A chicken pot pie is classic comfort food and a favorite for many, and for good reason. It's easy to make, endlessly customizable, and the buttery crust on top is totally irresistible. The crust is the perfect combination of soft and flaky, so you'll want to know how to reheat a pot pie perfectly to keep that amazing texture. In this post, we'll be discussing everything you need to know about reheating a delicious pot pie.
How to Reheat a Pot Pie
Reheating a pot pie can be tricky, but with these tips, you can enjoy a delicious, perfectly reheated pot pie. Follow the step-by-step instructions for any of these methods. We'll start with my favorite method for a perfectly reheated chicken pot pie, the oven.
There are several different ways to reheat pot pies, but the oven method gives you the best results and the best balance between getting the internal temperature of the pie right and getting that crispy texture without burning it.
Reheating a pot pie is much like the process of baking it to begin with. Follow these easy steps for your leftover chicken pot pie so you end up with a crispy crust instead of a soggy mess.
1. Preheat your oven to 350°F.
2. Cover the top of the pie with aluminum foil in an oven-safe dish. This will help to keep the top and edges of the pie from burning during the reheating process since it's already fully cooked.
3. Place the pot pie in the preheated oven and bake for 30 minutes.
4. After 30 minutes, check the pot pie for doneness. The center of the pie should be bubbly. If the inside temperature is right, remove the aluminum foil and return to the oven for several minutes. Keep an eye on it the entire time to avoid burning the top of the crust. This extra bit of time uncovered will re-crisp the crust.
5. Allow to cool. Once the pot pie is done, remove it from the oven and allow it to cool for a few minutes before serving.
The microwave method is not the best method, in my opinion, because the pot pie won't keep that crisp, flaky texture that's so desirable. But if you're in a hurry and need the quickest way, then this is your best option. Grab a microwave-safe plate and toss it in!
1. Place the pot pie on a microwave-safe dish.
2. Heat the pot pie in the microwave on high power for 2 minutes.
3. Remove the pot pie from the microwave and check the temperature.
4. If the pot pie is not warm enough, heat it for an additional 30 seconds.
5. Let the pot pie stand for 1 minute before serving.
An air fryer is a great way to get your pot pie crust golden brown. This method is also a great way to crisp up the bottom crust of your pot pie. The dry heat from the air fryer might dry out your pot pie a little, but overall it will still be delicious! This method could take 15-20 minutes, depending on your air fryer.
1. Preheat your air fryer to 350°F.
2. Place the pot pie in the air fryer basket or tray.
3. Cook for 10 minutes.
4. Check the pot pie to make sure it is heated through. If not, cook for an additional 2-3 minutes.
5. Let the pot pie cool for a few minutes before serving.
The toaster oven is another great option, especially if you aren't trying to reheat a whole pie. A single portion, or at least smaller portions, works better in a toaster oven.
1. Preheat your toaster oven to 350°F.
2. Place the pot pie on a baking sheet or pizza pan.
3. Bake for 20-25 minutes, or until the crust is golden brown and the filling is hot.
4. Let cool for 5 minutes before serving.
You can also use the skillet method to reheat your leftover pie. This method will give you a more moist result. Still has plenty of delicious flavors but more of a mushy texture like the microwave oven produces.
1. Preheat your skillet over medium-high heat.
2. Place your pot pie in the skillet, making sure that the bottom of the pie is in contact with the skillet.
3. Cover the skillet with a lid, or use a piece of aluminum foil if you don’t have a lid.
4. Reduce the heat to medium-low and let it cook for 5-10 minutes or until the pot pie is heated through.
5. Carefully remove the pot pie from the skillet and enjoy!
Reheating a pot pie perfectly doesn’t have to be a challenge. With these tips, you can enjoy a delicious pot pie that tastes just like it was freshly made. You can choose the fastest way or opt for recreating a flaky, crispy crust, but either way, the flavor will still be amazing!
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