Can you put a Pot Pie in the Air Fryer
If you’re looking for an easy dinner idea, you might be wondering can you put a pot pie in the air fryer? We are going to look at how you can make an air fryer chicken pot pie so that you can enjoy the most delicious flaky crust and have an easy meal.
There are several things to consider when making air frying a delicious pot pie, including the cooking process and many other things. We are going to cover all you need to know, as well as answer the question below.
Can you put a pot pie in the air fryer?
The short answer to can you put a pot pie in the air fryer is yes you most likely can. However, it will depend on a few key details. Here are some things to consider about your pie to determine if it is wise to cook it in the air fryer.
The Size of the Pot Pie
Air fryers come in many different shapes and sizes depending on the different brands, and options available. Some air fryers are large, whereas others are small. The size of your air fryer basket also will be a determining factor in if you can cook a pot pie in the air fryer or not.
Because you need to fit it in the basket of your air fryer to cook it, the pot pie will need to be small enough to fit in your air fryer basket, which will determine if you can put a pot pie in your specific air fryer to cook it or not.
Small pot pies are the best option to cook in the air fryer. A smaller pot pie will work best because you can fit the whole pie in your air fryer basket. Larger whole pot pies will not fit inside your air fryer and will not be able to be cooked using your air fryer because it is too large to fit into the basket.
Mini chicken pot pies are the perfect size to cook in your air fryer, which will give you a lovely result for your dinner without having to heat up the entire oven.
The main thing to consider is the size of your pot pie, and whether it will realistically fit inside your air fryer basket to cook. In short, yes you can cook a pot pie in your air fryer, the logistics are what matters.
What if the pot pie is in a metal pie pan?
If your pot pie is in a metal pipe pan, or even a glass pie pan, or paper dish, these will all still likely be safe to cook in your air fryer. An air fryer is different from in the microwave.
Think of your air fryer essentially as a miniature oven. If it is safe to go inside your oven, then it is likely safe for your air fryer. You can double-check the user manual of your air fryer to make sure that it is safe for your air fryer.
Can you air fry a frozen pot pie?
What about a frozen chicken pot pie? Is that safe to put in an air fryer? Yes, as long as your frozen chicken pot pie can fit inside the air fryer basket safely, you can also cook a frozen pot pie in your air fryer.
You will simply want to allow additional time since the pot pie is frozen. You may also want to wrap it with aluminum foil to prevent the crust from burning.
Can you air fry a homemade pot pie?
Yes, you can also air fry a homemade pot pie if you would like. Keep in mind that the homemade pot pie will also need to be able to fit safely inside the air fryer basket in order to be able to cook it in your air fryer.
You may want to wrap your homemade pot pie in aluminum foil to prevent it from burning before it is cooked all the way through. If you choose to cook it in your air fryer.
Otherwise, yes, your air fryer is essentially a miniature oven, that circulates the air inside of the air fryer, and not like a microwave. Therefore, you can cook a homemade chicken pot pie inside of your air fryer.
Reasons Why Air Frying Pot Pie is a Great Way to Cook
There are several different reasons why using your air fryer to cook a pot pie is ideal. Let’s look at some of the top reasons for using your air fryer to cook a pot pie rather than in the microwave or the oven.
Less Time. Using your air fryer takes less time to fully cook your pot pie than if you were to use your oven. Plus, you don’t have to pay to heat up your entire oven, when using your air fryer.
Delicious Outcome. The taste, texture, and overall quality are much better when using your air fryer to cook a pot pie rather than the microwave. While the microwave might be fast, your air fryer is also fast and has a much better quality outcome for your pot pie.
Using your air fryer to cook a pot pie is very similar to cooking it in the oven, only you don’t have to go through the hassle of heating up your entire oven to bake your pot pie.
Brands of Pot Pies
When you think of pot pies that you can pick up at your local grocery store, there are a couple of different name brands that come to mind. The two main brands are Banquet pot pies and Marie Calendar’s pot pie. They are both delicious and well-known.
In addition to these more common brands, your grocery store may carry an off-brand, or store brand of pot pies as well. You can also make your own homemade pot pies, to your specific liking.
Common Flavors of Pot Pies
There are several different flavors of pot pies available as well. You can buy most of these flavors from your grocery store or you can even make them from scratch. Here are a few of the most common flavors of pot pies available at the grocery store:
Chicken pot pie
Beef pot pie
Turkey pot pie
Veggie pot pie
Now that you know all about pot pies, and that they are safe to make in the air fryer, let’s look at the ultimate guide to making air fryer pot pies easily at home.
We will start with the kind of pot pie you can pick up at your local grocery store, but we will also cover baking and easily making homemade pot pies, and cooking them in your air fryer.
The Ultimate Guide to Air Fryer Pot Pie Recipe
First, you are going to preheat your air fryer. Our recommended air fryer temperature to preheat is 375 degrees F.
Now, you will want to remove your pot pie from its packaging, leaving it inside of the dish it comes in, but remove all other packaging.
I like to cover the top of my pot pie with aluminum foil, to protect the top crust and the edges of the pie so that the crust doesn’t burn before the pie is cooked through. This is optional, so if you wish to skip this step you may, just know that it might end up becoming a little more done than you prefer.
Then, place it inside your air fryer basket. If you can fit more than one pie inside of the air fryer basket at a time, then you can cook more than one at a time. However, if your air fryer is smaller, you will likely only be able to fit one pot pie inside of the basket at a time.
Thawed Pot Pie: Cook your thawed pot pie for approximately 20 to 30 minutes, then remove the aluminum foil from the top of your pot pie and cook for an additional 2-3 minutes so that the top of your pie crust can turn brown.
Frozen Pot Pie: Air fry your frozen pot pie for approximately 30 to 40 minutes, then remove the aluminum foil from the top of the pie and continue cooking for an additional cook time of 5-10 minutes so that you can allow the crust to turn a light golden brown.
Internal Temperature: the internal temperature of your pot pie should reach 165°F before it is served. You can use an instant-read thermometer to check the internal temperature of the pot pie before removing it from the air fryer.
When your pot pie is cooked all the way through, you can remove it from the air fryer basket, and allow it to rest for a few minutes before serving. Then serve and enjoy!
Air-Fried Pot Pies
Recipe Tips and Tricks
Not too Big. In order to air fryer pot pie, whether it is thawed or frozen you’ll want to make sure that the pie is not too big to fit inside of the air fryer basket. You will want to make sure that the pot pie does not touch the heating coils of your air fryer but instead nestles safely inside the air fryer basket before cooking.
Foil doesn’t prevent Air Flow. When wrapping your pot pie in aluminum foil, you want to make sure that the aluminum foil is tightly wrapped around the pie so that it doesn’t prevent airflow from circulating inside your air fryer, and doesn’t touch the heating coil. You want it to be securely fastened to the pot pie.
Leftover Chicken Pot Pie Storage and Reheating
Room temperature. Your pot pie should be left at room temperature for no more than two hours before you run the risk of it growing unwanted bacteria and going bad.
In the fridge. Any leftover pot pie should be stored in the fridge, after securing it in an airtight container, or a plastic storage bag. It can be stored in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days.
In the freezer. First, it’s important to point out that we do not recommend refreezing pot pies that were once frozen. However, if you are using a homemade pot pie, then you can store the leftovers in the freezer.
First, allow your homemade pot pie to cool, then transfer it to an airtight container or seal it in a plastic freezer bag. Place it into the freezer for up to three months.
How to Reheat a Pot Pie
Microwave. Any leftover pot pie can be reheated in the microwave if desired. Using the microwave is the fastest method to reheat it.
First place your pot pie onto a microwave-safe plate or bowl. Cover it with a damp paper towel, and microwave for 1 to 2 minutes until it is warmed through.
Oven. Preheat the oven to 350°F. Then put your leftover pot pie into a pan and cover it with aluminum foil. Bake it in the oven for approximately 15 to 20 minutes or until your pot pie is warmed all the way through.
Please note that some ovens heat faster than others, so you may need to add or subtract time for your specific oven.
Air Fryer. To reheat leftover pot pie in the air fryer, preheat your air fryer to 350°F. Then wrap your leftover pot pie in aluminum foil and place it into the air fryer basket of your preheat an air fryer.
Bake for approximately 5 to 10 minutes until your pot pie is warmed all the way through.
What to Serve with Air Fried Pot Pie
Pot pie cooked in the air fryer is pretty much a meal in and of itself. You don’t need much to go with it. If you’re looking for a simple side dish to serve with your pot pie, here are a few ideas for you.
Homemade Chicken Pot Pie Recipe
Cooked chicken. I like to take the easy way out and use a rotisserie chicken, because it is usually low cost, and already cooked rather than cooking up chicken breast. All you have to do is remove the meat and cut it into pieces.
Biscuit Dough. Rather than making a homemade pie crust, a great alternative is to use a can of biscuit dough. This makes for a delicious crust to your pot pie. Another favorite option is to use puff pastry dough for the light flaky texture.
Mixed Vegetables. There are several different options for the mixed vegetables in your pot pie. A great, easy option is to use canned mixed vegetables and a can of potatoes. This way they’re already cooked, so all you have to do is drain the liquid and dump them in.
Creamy Sauce. For the creamy sauce, you can choose to make your own, by using chicken broth, and either cornstarch or flour along with seasonings. Another easy creamy filling option is to use a can of condensed cream of chicken soup.
Now, to make your homemade tasty pot pie, you’ll want to first combine your cooked chicken, mixed vegetables, and creamy sauce in a mixing bowl. Stir it until they are coated with the creamy filling.
Then spray your baking dish with cooking spray, and add your filling. Top with the biscuit dough, then you are ready to bake.
Tip: if you are making your homemade chicken pot pies to cook in an air fryer, you will want to use a smaller dish and make individual mini pot pies, in a small dish such as a ramekin. This way you are sure to fit them inside of your air fryer.
To bake your homemade chicken pot pies in the air fryer, you will want to preheat the air fryer to 350°F. Once it is preheated you can add your mini homemade chicken pot pies into the air fryer and bake for approximately 10 to 15 minutes or until the filling bubbles and the biscuit topping is golden brown.
If you would like to bake your homemade chicken pot pies in the oven, you will want to preheat the oven to 375°F. Add your casserole dish with the chicken pot pie into the oven, and bake it for approximately 20 to 25 minutes or until t pot pie filling is bubbling, and the biscuits are golden brown.
Then remove from the oven, allow it to rest for a few minutes, then serve and enjoy!
Individual Air Fryer Pot Pie
Pot pies are a classic comfort food. If you’re looking for an easy, yet delicious way to bake this delicious comfort food, the next time you are in the mood, then you might consider trying to air fry your pot pies. No matter if the pot pies are frozen or thawed, they taste delicious when prepared in the air fryer.
I hope that these tips and tricks for cooking a pot pie in the air fryer have been very helpful to you. Thanks so much for stopping by and learning about how to air-fry pot pies.