Better Than Homemade? Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie

Chicken Pot Pie

I’m going to be honest… it has been many, many, many years since I’ve had a frozen chicken pot pie. In fact, it has been so long that when the folks at Marie Callender’s contacted me about trying out their Chicken Pot Pie to see if it is really better than homemade, I almost said no.

Why did I change my mind? When I was a little girl we used to live next to a little old lady named Agnes Walker. I don’t remember much about Agnes except going to her house when I was probably 4 or 5, eating frozen chicken pot pies off of metal TV trays and watching soap operas with her. My mom said Agnes wasn’t my babysitter, but apparently I liked to just go hang out with her. We’d eat our chicken pot pies side by side watching the latest romantic drama unfold on TV. I loved Agnes, her TV trays and the frozen chicken pot pies we would eat.

The Chicken Pot Pie from Marie Callender’s took me back to those afternoons with Agnes. The pie was like my childhood, full of comfort. The crust was actually flaky (unlike the soggy ones I remember from when I was a  kid) and the broth, chicken and vegetables were really good as well!

Marie Callender's Chicken Pot Pie

Are Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie’s better than homemade? I’ve never been able to make a chicken pot pie with a crispy, flaky, non-soggy crust (and I detest making pie crust) so for me, the answer is yes. Of course, we aren’t a huge frozen foods family, but I’m glad I tried the Chicken Pot Pie from Marie Callender’s out. It’s nice to find a convenience food that tastes great and elicits wonderful childhood memories.

This is a sponsored post for Marie Callender’s and The Motherhood, however all opinions expressed within this post are my own.

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  1. says

    I consider myself to be someone who can pride herself on eating little in the way of prepared foods and except for the occasional fish taco at Del Taco…I don’t do a lot of fast food either.

    But last year after a serious injury; I had to rely on others for my meals for several weeks and my daughter bought me several Marie Callender’s pot pies. They soon became one of the few things I actually looked forward to for dinner…I especially like the Chicken and Mushroom version and doggone it, right now think I need to have my kid shop for me some more…I’m craving one bad!

  2. says

    I used to like eating those when I was a kid, too. We didn’t have them often, but every once in a while when my Mom was too tired to make dinner we’d have a pot pie. I always liked them, but had a tendency to burn my mouth because the insides always seemed to be hotter than the temperature of the crust let on. Plus I liked to eat fast :) Beautiful photos of the pie!

  3. says

    The trick to a flaky non-soggy crust for my chicken pot pie is blind baking it and sealing it with egg wash before filling it.

    I haven’t had a Marie Callendar’s frozen pie in eons, but I am kinda partial to my homemade version lately. Will have to do a taste test!

    • says

      I’m so pie crust clueless (and obviously need to spend some time on your blog, Sunny!) What is blind baking? Also, do you have a recipe link for your chicken pot pie? I’d love to see it!

  4. says

    I have made frozen pot pies (I made them before my son was born for easy post delivery meals.) I find the way I liked them best was actually only using the pie crust for the top of the pot pie. Making all the crusts for each individual pot pie can be VERY time consuming. Plus making the top crust flaky is a LOT easier. I totally remember eating frozen pot pies as a kid, and they definitely were not high quality.

  5. says

    I have an hour drive home every day after work and so I have to admit that we eat frozen now and then! So, I might have to give these a try, thanks for the review I will let ya know what our thoughts are. Hugs from Conroe, Texas

  6. says

    Kristen, how interesting! I just tried one of these a couple of weeks ago, and I totally agree. Definitely better than anything I could make! What truly amazed me was how flaky the crust was when I cooked the pie in the microwave. I had planned to put it in the oven but ran out of time. I was worried, but it came out of the microwave tasting great!

  7. says

    When my mom had to work late when I was a kid, my dad would often hit up the Banquet pot pies for our dinner. James was out of town the past two weeks, and I found myself floundering for dinners for one. I grabbed a couple of these Marie Callender pot pies. I’ve always preferred their frozen food if I’m going to eat frozen food, and the pot pies were no exception. An uptown version of those Banquet ones – I especially loved the beef and vegetable. They didn’t skimp on the beef, or the flavor. I found myself wishing I’d grabbed some more for my lunches during the week.

  8. says

    What a sweet memory. I have to say I’ve eaten Marie Calendar’s chicken pot pie, and it is good. My husband is not a fan of meal “pies” so I’ve never tried to make a homemade version. Maybe one day…. I guess for now, whenever I have a “hankerin'” for a hunka chicken pot pie, I’ll go for Marie’s. :)
    Happy Monday!

  9. says

    Great memories! I’m not a huge frozen food fan, but I do like these! The crust is never soggy and they always take me back to my childhood. The filling is always so good:)

  10. Kim B. says

    I too grew up on these & LOVE them!! In order to balance the feeling of eating something “store bought” I make amashed potatoes from scratch & serve the pot pies on top. Sooo easy & sooo good! I have made pot pies from scratch & I have to say I kinda prefer the Marie Callenders :) They truly don’t taste store bought!

  11. Whitney Schmale says

    I’m the one who will have to disagree….I don’t like these. I do however, very much like the 39 cent Banquet pot pies. What can I say? :)

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