Chicken pot pie is arguably the favorite meal of many people; it has a rich blend of vegetables and a flaky crust. The best way to enjoy it is while hot. However, it can be quite challenging to reheat leftovers. This is why you need to learn how to reheat chicken pot pie and keep it warm.
To reheat a chicken pot pie, you will need to wrap it in aluminum foil and place it in the oven for 20 minutes. Alternatively, reheat it in the microwave in intervals or sliced on a stove. Afterward, you can place the pie on a warming tray or leave it in the warm oven.
Reheating a chicken pot pie requires some skill and instructions to follow because it can quickly become soggy. Read on to find out more on how to reheat your chicken pot pie the right way.
How to Reheat Chicken Pot Pie Without Drying It Out?
You might be wondering why reheating a chicken pot pie is such a big deal.
A freshly made chicken pot pie is stuffed with vegetables and has a flaky crust. Once it becomes cold and reintroduced to heat, the crispy texture begins to wear off as the fillings heat up. The chicken pot pie goes soggy if the crispy texture wears off completely.
There are three major appliances you can use to reheat chicken pot pie. These are an oven, a microwave, or a stove. Whichever method you decide to use, ensure the pie’s filling is completely heated before you serve the pie.
Using an Oven
Using an oven is your best bet to achieve a near-perfect taste and texture. However, it takes up more time, and it’s not cost-effective, especially when you have a few leftovers.
You’ll find steps on how to use an oven to reheat your pie below.
Step 1: Preheat the Oven to 300°F
To reheat chicken pot pie without drying it out, your oven must be at a suitable temperature. The goal is to heat the inside and outside up at about the same rate. Preheating the oven to 300°F is a good start.
A medium-high temperature is all you need. Reheating your chicken pot pie at a high temperature can cause the surface to burn without heating the inside.
Step 2: Set the Pie In a Baking Pan and Wrap the Edges With Aluminum Foil
The key to maintaining the flaky texture of the pie is to cover the edges with aluminum foil. Place your pie in a baking tray and wrap the edges.
Put the baking pan containing the pie into the oven and allow it to heat up gradually. This way, your pie turns out just right, and you can skip the part of cutting it into bits.
Step 3: Bake for about 20 minutes on Your Desired Temperature
It takes about 15-20 minutes to get the chicken pot pie hot. But if you want it lukewarm or even hotter, you can adjust the temperature as desired. Sometimes, the time and baking temperature will be based on the size and quantity of the pie.
Keep an eye on the pie and check at 10 minutes intervals. You do not want your pie to dry out or get burnt.
Step 4: Check the Temperature
Use a thermometer if you are not certain about the internal temperature and wondering if it is hot enough.
Poke a thermometer into the pie and hold it out for about 5 seconds. You should aim for a temperature of about 165°F and above; anything less will not work.
Using a Microwave
The microwave is the fastest way to reheat a chicken pot pie, but it is not the most effective.
Often, the crusty surface becomes a little soggy, while filling doesn’t heat up enough.
Follow these steps to reheat your chicken pot pie in a microwave.
- Slice the crust on the top of the pie into smaller pieces or just poke it with the knife in several places. This will ensure that the temperature spreads more evenly.
- Set the microwave at the minimum temperature and turn it on for about 1 minute.
- Take the pie out and try to shake it a little bit, so the filling can mix. Alternatively, use the spoon to stir it.
- Put the pie in the microwave for another minute.
- Check the temperature of the filling. Reheat for an extra 30 seconds if it is not yet piping hot.
- Once it is hot enough to your desire, take it out and serve.
Using a Stove
The stove is not the most convenient way to reheat chicken pot pie, but it is also effective. It is effort-consuming and ruins the look of the pie, but you have control over the temperature when you look on the bright side.
So, I don’t recommend using the stove to heat up your pie if you will serve it to guests, but feel free to do it when the serving appearance doesn’t matter that much.
Below are the steps to reheat your chicken pot pie using a stove.
- Heat the skillet on medium-high heat.
- Cut your pie into small sizes, and place them on a large skillet. Allow it to heat up.
- Stir the chicken pot pie slices after 2 minutes and allow to heat for another 2 minutes while stirring constantly.
- Continue to stir chicken pot pie until it becomes well heated.
- Once it becomes hot enough for your liking, turn it over into a plate and serve hot.
How to Keep Chicken Pot Pie Warm for Hours?
One way to keep your chicken pot pie warm for a long time would be wrapping it with aluminum foil, but note that the pie can easily become soggy—the foil traps in heat and moisture, which can soften the outer crust.
Another way to keep your chicken pot pie warm is by placing them on a warming tray. Ensure you take safety precautions like wearing oven mitts, especially when transferring the pie.
The last way to keep the chicken pot pie warm is to leave it in the warm oven. This can be tricky because the heat can dry out the crust if you leave it for too long. So, try to leave it in the oven for no more than an hour.
Can You Reheat Chicken Pot Pie More Than Once?
You can reheat your pie more than once, but keep in mind that you might not like the taste of the pie after the first reheating. However, you can still get a flavor close to the fresh flavor of a newly baked pie.
All you have to do is use any of the steps I mentioned above to reheat your chicken pot pie.
How to Store Chicken Pot Pie?
You can store your chicken pot pie in a fridge or freezer, depending on how long you intend to keep it.
To store in a fridge, wrap the chicken pot pie in aluminum foil or plastic wrap and refrigerate. Make sure to eat the pie within five days of storage.
Store your pie in a freezer if you want it to last longer. Cover the pie with thick aluminum foil or a freezer bag, then store in a freezer. Your pie should be able to last for months in a freezer.
How Long Does Chicken Pot Pie Last?
Your chicken pot pie should last for up to ten hours at room temperature, which gives you enough time to eat it.
You do not have to discard your leftover chicken pot pie immediately. The pot pie can last for about two to four days in the fridge without going bad.
So, the next time you have some leftovers, simply store them in the fridge. However, you should throw them out once they exceed five days of preparation.
If you want your chicken pie to last even longer, then store it in a freezer. Chicken pot pie can last for about four to six months once frozen. However, you can still eat it after six months as long as you store it at a constant temperature of 0°F.