Air fried Marie Callenders Chicken Pot Pie
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How to cook Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie in an air fryer

Whatever Marie Callender’s pie you’re cooking, you’ll want to prep it first. That means following these first two steps:

  • Remove the pie from exterior cardboard package
  • Leaving the pie in the paper tray wrap foil around the pie crust edge

Wrapping the edges with foil prevents the thinner pastry crusts from burning. Here’s an example:

Do be aware it can be tricky getting the final cooked pie out of the air fryer; I recommend investing in some heat resistant cooking gloves if you’re going to using your fryer a lot. Check out these gloves over on Amazon for less than twenty bucks. They may manipulating items in the fryer a little more simple and safe. Please note, we get a small referral fee if you do make a purchase via that link.

Back to the pie though…Marie Callender’s pies come in a variety of sizes; how long you cook the pie will depend on the size of your pie. Here are some examples:

Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie (10 ounces)

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350F
  2. Cook pot pie for 40 minutes at 350F
  3. During the last 5 minutes remove the foil from the exterior pastry if you like a crisper or well done finish
Air fried Marie Callender’s Large Chicken Pot Pie - 15 ounces
Air fried Marie Callender’s Large Chicken Pot Pie – 15 ounces

Marie Callender’s Large Chicken Pot Pie (15 ounces)

We’ve recently updated this one (previously we recommended 40 mins at 400F), but some users reported burning, some users reported good results. This updated recipe cooks at a lower temp for some extra time:

  1. Preheat air fryer to 350F
  2. Cook pot pie for 60 minutes at 350F
  3. During the last 5-10 minutes remove the foil from the exterior pastry if you like a crisper or well done finish

These recipe is based of using the COSORI Air Fryer (5.8QT model, affiliate link).

Can you cook a pot pie in an air fryer? Yes! Should you? Well, that’s a bit of a tougher question. While the air fryer certainly speeds up the cooking process compared to a regular oven, I wouldn’t say it adds anything in particular to the finished product. Of course if you don’t own an oven, or don’t want to turn it on for a single pie – the air fryer can shave a decent amount off the cooking time.

Other pot pies in the air fryer

Here’s our guide to air frying a small pot pie from Banquet as an example.

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This guide is presented as a reference only. Many variables may influence your own cooking times. If in doubt contact your air fryer or product manufacturer. Please ensure your food is thoroughly cooked before consuming. See here for more info on using our recipes.

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10 Comments

  1. Your directions were terrible. I ended up with a burned top crust, frozen innards, and a raw dough bottom… 340 degrees for 40 minutes does the trick
    Thanks no thanks

    1. Sorry to hear that Donovan. This was for the Cosori 5.8QT air fryer. What brand and model did you use for other folks reference? They’re all a bit different, based on size/shape/performance/setup, the above recipe was perfect in mine.

    2. Mine burned black on top and set off the smoke alarm after just 7 minutes. Wished I would have read your comment first.

      1. Sorry to hear that GJ, what air fryer did you use? Per the article above, this recipe is for the Cosori unit, but it sounds like yours is quite different?

  2. i just bought a B&D Air Fry Oven. This pot pie recipe says to set temp knob to 400F. Why do all the “air fry” recipes give a cooking temperture when it’s not needed? With my B&D oven the temp knob is set to the “AIRFRY” setting…..to get air frying results. To set it to some amount of degrees Fahrenheit would mean you baking the pot pie not air frying. Question: What’s the point of an air fryer if you’r not supposed to use the “Airfry” setting?

    Also my oven says in order to toast sliced bread you select toasting, then you turn the bottom knob (toasting control I believe) “past 20 and past middle toast and then to desired setting”. But that’s very confusing because the bottom knob has no time settings (20 or other) just various toast doneness graphics. There’s a 20 in the timer setting but that’s not it because you may want 5 min or 7 min or 3 min? The other knob is for selecting degrees F or Air Fry. Question: Do you have any idea what B&D means by turning the knob “PAST 20 AND MIDDLE TOAST?”

    1. Hi Peter. In essence an air fryer is a small convection oven. Most are small units that generate high heat in a small space then use a fan to circulate the air at speed. That convection cooking creates the crisp finish most people love with the air fryer. You can of course get full sized kitchen ovens with convection fans, but in my own experience, its the small enclosed space of the air fryer that helps intensify air flow and maximize crisp.

      At the end of the day, yes, these are small ovens with a fancy name. Temperature control is definitely needed for nuance in cooking. Eg I can cook soft, hard and medium boiled eggs in my air fryer, but I cook at 250F, I expect 400F would be far too hot and cause them to crack. The closer you get to the 400F mark (or higher) the better your crisping results will be. The lower you go, slower baking.

      As for the B&D unit, I am afraid I’ve no personal experience with that product. I’d give their customer support a call to clarify 🙂

  3. Isn’t one of the advantages of an air fryer to cook things in less time? So why does it take 60 minutes in an air fryer when it takes 60 to 65 minutes in a conventional oven?

    1. Hi Janine. Typically you’re correct. With items like chicken nuggets, French fries, patties – I find you can shave off real cooking time with an air fryer. Essentially smaller pieces, with lots of surface area that the circulating hot air can cook through quickly. I’ve seen products that require 20mins in an oven barely take more than 5 in the air fryer.

      The pot pie is a weird thing to cook in the fryer really. Its a big, heavy, dense product that due to the size (on the big pie here) can take a while to cook through to the center. You can cook at 400F and the time will be shorter – indeed the original recipe here stated just that but users reported the increase temp burnt their pie crusts, so we reworked it to be a lower heat for a longer cook.

      The recipe is included in case people really want to air fry a pie for some reason: away at college and no oven, broken oven, oven full with other food etc.

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