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Frozen Pot Pie in Air Fryer

How to cook a frozen pot pie in air fryer is here. NO need to turn on your oven anymore to heat up this easy chicken and vegetable dinner.

frozen pot pie air fryer

My girls wanted to make a frozen pot pie in air fryer the other day so we figured it out! Doesn’t make sense to heat up the whole kitchen for this little pie. I don’t think we will ever make this any other way again. Easy air fryer recipes are the best! (affiliate links present)

Yes I have made our REALLY popular simple chicken pot pie recipe before. That one is great using leftover chicken I have on hand, but when you want something fast these are great.

Frozen food in an air fryer really are game changers. If you haven’t tried cooking an air fryer frozen chicken breast or frozen chicken wings, you must! You may never cook them another way again after this. 😉

Yes you get the middle of your food nice and tender but it takes the YUM a step further. Texture is everything right? To add a crisp to the outside of your food is a game changer. Especially with pot pies the crust needs to become flaky and crunch to it, just a bit. Here’s the tip to do just that….

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When it comes to this ultimate comfort food there are many different brands out there. I would say that Banquet and Marie Callender’s are probably the most popular though. Chicken is top of the list too.

Can you cook a Marie Callenders pot pie in an air fryer?

Yep! They are the perfect size for this. Much larger and the middle will take a lot longer to heat up vs. the crust. It is a delicate balance to not over-cook the outside but making sure the filling gets hot.

How long do you cook frozen food in an air fryer?

This is a loaded question. It depends on what it is exactly. Vegetables won’t take as long as a thick piece of meat. Air fryer corn dogs and air fryer frozen mozzarella sticks are similar.

You can use our air fryer cooking times chart to find out what temp. and timing you need. This has been so helpful to so many people. You can laminate it and keep it right on the fridge so you can just look up and see what you need. Keep it in the drawer to whip out when you need it, or fold it and keep it in your recipe book for always.

frozen chicken pot pie

Frozen Chicken Pot Pie in Air Fryer

There are other styles out there. I have seen beef before but honestly have never bought or eaten that one. Quick and easy chicken recipes re just our jam….

Should I thaw frozen pot pie before baking?

No, don’t do that. It is meant to cook from rock hard frozen to tender and warm. If you defrost it first the crust will have a different texture, and not a good one. It will get kinda’ mushy, especially on the underside.

This is all you will need to make this:

  1. Frozen pot pie around 10 oz. in size.
    1. Cook time is for this size, no larger.
    2. You can fit 2 at a time in a 6 quart basket.

There are many different brands, fillings, and sizes out there but I feel like this one is the best. Not only does the meat inside taste great (and not so processed) but the size is great to feed most people. Ok so my husband isn’t full with this but the rest of us feel like we wouldn’t need anything larger.

Frozen Pot Pie in Air Fryer

In order to get it just right it is best to start out at a lower temperature and then increase it for a few minutes at the end.

Another step you shouldn’t leave out is to not open the basket once the timer goes off. Leave it inside, closed, for 5 minutes. This will allow the middle to continue warming up completely.

Time needed: 21 minutes

Frozen Pot Pie in Air Fryer

  1. Prepare

    Preheat air fryer to 350 degrees F for 5 minutes. This timing is for 10 oz. pot pies cooked 1 or 2 at a time. Larger ones will take longer.

  2. Cook

    Put 1-2 frozen pot pie into basket and allow to air fry for 15 minutes.
    Then increase temperature to 380 degrees F for 6 minutes.

    Leave in closed air fryer basket for 5 minutes once it is done to continue warming the middle.

Since there are vegetables and chicken breast inside it really is a complete meal. You could serve it with a salad though for some freshness.

Second option – You can use the microwave timing on the back of the box (if your bottom pan isn’t aluminum) and start with that while your machine is preheating. That way the insides will definitely get warmed all the way thru. Then you would carefully move it into your air fryer basket and crisp for about 5 minutes until golden brown.

air fryer chicken pot pie

Be careful when you are lifting these babies out. Remember that the pie tins are aluminum so they get hot in that high heat. Put on to a small plate when serving and remind your kids to not touch the underside. If yours have a thick paper “pie pan” you would have the option of doing the second method in the microwave first.

Obviously if yours is made of aluminum that would be a no no and you would need to just follow directions on what is listed below in the recipe card. I like to have both methods available for those who want the middle to become really really hot.

You can use your Cosori air fryer or any other brand to make them this way. It doesn’t matter what brand you have really.

  • The biggest difference is the size of the basket. Even the smallest 3 qt. will fit one of these.

Can you cook pies in an air fryer?

Yes! I actually bought one of these with apple pie filling inside too! Timing was basically the same and tasted pretty amazing. SO you could put one of these and your dinner pot pie in at the same time and have a complete meal.

frozen pot pie

Once you thoroughly enjoy this one there are several other air fryer frozen foods you can try too. Our air fryer frozen meatballs are a great snack or appetizer tossed with sauce. Frozen chicken wings are the bomb too.

Another snack idea my girls love is making air fryer pierogies or frozen salmon in air fryer too. Since they are older they can now experiment with all the things themselves which is so nice. They have become quite the chef lately and use it almost daily.

Now for a Banquet frozen pot pie they are a bit smaller so I would decrease the initial time to 15 minutes. Not only are these smaller in circumference but not as thick either.

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Frozen Pot Pie in Air Fryer

How to cook a frozen pot pie in air fryer is here. NO need to turn on your oven anymore to heat up this easy chicken and vegetable dinner.
Course Entree, Main Course
Cuisine American
Keyword air fryer, chicken, frozen, ninja foodi, pot pie
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 24 minutes
Servings 1
Calories 249kcal
Author The Typical Mom



  • 1 pot pie frozen, 10 oz size


  • Preheat air fryer to 360 degrees F for 5 minutes. (timing is for 10 oz. pot pies)
  • Put frozen pot pie(s) into basket and allow to cook for 21 minutes.
  • Then increase temperature to 400 degrees F for 2 minutes to brown top. Leave in closed air fryer basket for 5 minutes once it is done to continue warming the middle.
  • ** Quicker method – Microwave pot pie for 5-6 minutes (check back of package as smaller ones need less time), then preheat air fryer to 400 degrees F and cook for 2-3 minutes to brown the top


Nutrition Facts
Frozen Pot Pie in Air Fryer
Amount Per Serving (2 oz)
Calories 249 Calories from Fat 153
% Daily Value*
Fat 17g26%
Saturated Fat 5g31%
Cholesterol 87mg29%
Sodium 81mg4%
Potassium 218mg6%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 162IU3%
Vitamin C 2mg2%
Calcium 13mg1%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Wednesday 30th of August 2023

the NINJA air fryer states that it cooks from top down. the top of the pie is crispy and the shell is soggy. Any info on getting the shell crispy andd solving this problem?

The Typical Mom

Wednesday 30th of August 2023

If it isn't your desired consistency you could take it out of the tin it is in and place into the air fryer basket that way to crisp more all the way around to your liking. I would microwave first as suggested in the directions first, scoop out of "pan" it is in and place into basket that way.


Saturday 29th of July 2023

Swanson chicken pies are only 200 g which is about 7 oz so I'm guessing probably only about 10 minutes and then 3 minutes at the higher temperature to crisp up however it will be one of these trial and error air fryer gigs! LOL

Kathy Haynes

Friday 21st of July 2023

The top was perfect, light and crispy, and the filling was hot creamy and delicious.


Friday 2nd of December 2022

Thanks for this information. My pot pie came out exactly how it should, Golden Brown and crisp on the top. Not sure why some of these comments are vulgar but I appreciated your information and apologize for the childish comments from immature adults who are the new (Adult Babies) that are starting to sprout everywhere like weeds in society. The exact reason why I avoid social media at all costs, adult babies.

Mary N.

Tuesday 4th of April 2023

@Tom, You got that right!

The Typical Mom

Saturday 3rd of December 2022

Glad it was a hit


Saturday 6th of August 2022

How about, instead of seven paragraphs NOT about the frozen pot pie, then ONE paragraph that says we can but doesn't say how, then more paragraphs NOT about the frozen pot pie...

You actually TALK ABOUT THE EFFING PIE. Like any special settings, time, et cetera.

Endless chatter for zero content. Makes the entire article nothing more than click bait.

The Typical Mom

Sunday 7th of August 2022

Directions are at bottom, just click jump to recipe at top

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