We Rank the 7 Best Frozen Chicken Pot Pies

The best frozen chicken pot pies are meaty, aromatic, and they have a flaky, flavorful, golden brown crust. We tried more than a dozen frozen chicken pot pie brands to find the best on the market.

I’m a pot pie guy, not a pie guy. That is, I don’t excel at making pie crusts, but I know how to spin a damn good gravy. I love the intensely condensed flavor of gravy. Pair that with a buttery, flaky pie crust, and you’ve got yourself a truly decadent yet practical meal. Chicken pot pies are wonderful because even when they’re store-bought, they feel warm and homey, like something your grandma made. 

For this taste test, we judged the chicken pot pies on crust and filling. The ideal crust is flaky, golden brown, and well-seasoned. Personally, I like a good amount of lard or butter in my pie crust, so butteriness was a bonus. Chicken pot pie filling varies—potatoes and carrots are common, but some have chunks of corn, celery, and onion, too. Mainly, the chicken should be substantial, moist, and flavorful. And the gravy should be savory, seasoned with salt and pepper, and made from good quality chicken. There’s something wonderful about that first forkful of chicken pot pie that breaks through the crust, and doing that 14 times in a row for this taste test was an absolute delight. These were the seven pot pies that ranked best.

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Best of the Best

Banquet Turkey Pot Pie

The best chicken pot pie is actually a turkey pot pie? Yep. This product is made with chicken broth and rendered chicken fat too, making it an all-inclusive poultry pot pie—and it tastes damn good as a result. Banquet has a great, full-fat flavor with creamy gravy, big dark meat turkey chunks, potatoes, carrots, and peas. There’s also a subtle celery flavor, although no chunks of celery in the gravy itself. My guess is that it’s seasoned with celery powder. The seasoning here is just on point—it’s a perfect balance. And the fattiness of the whole thing is delightful. While the crust could be better, this turkey pot pie has the comforting vibe of a Thanksgiving dinner. Mixing the two types of poultry together is a great idea (we loved a bone broth that did something similar, too). Banquet turkey pot pie is the epitome of comfort food.

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Rating:

9/10

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Best Crust

Boomerang’s Chicken Classic

Boomerang’s Chicken Classic easily could have been number one based on crust alone. If you prefer a flaky pie crust, this pot pie is for you. It’s similar to filo dough, and feels like eating baklava (which I often do over a trash can to contain the flaky crust spillage). Boomerang’s filling is also stellar: It features chunks of peas, carrots, and celery, in addition to all natural chicken. This pie is meaty, fatty, creamy, buttery, and flaky. Those adjectives all scream homemade pot pie, which is exactly what this feels like. I love the bonus addition of celery—it just makes the whole thing so lovely and aromatic. 

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Rating:

8.5/10

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Best Gluten Free

Blake’s Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie

For whatever reason, gluten-free foods just slap. The crust on this pot pie is made with white rice, brown rice, potato starch, tapioca starch, and some other ingredients and binders. The result is a delightfully thin, crispy-crunchy crust. The filling is even more delicious; the decadently rich and gelatinous gravy is oozy, not runny. It’s also herby, aromatic, and vegetal, which nicely accentuates the clean taste of the chicken. The vegetable portion of the pie consists of potatoes, carrots, and peas (sorry if you like corn or celery). All of the flavors here work together, and I think this might be my favorite gravy of the bunch. Blake’s Gluten-Free Chicken Pot Pie has more sodium and sugar than their standard version, which is probably why it tastes better.

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Rating:

8/10

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Best Ingredients

Blake’s Chicken Pot Pie

Blake’s Chicken Pot Pie is much like the gluten-free version, but the chicken itself feels lower quality. It’s shredded and watery, almost like canned chicken. That said, the crust here is golden, flaky, and just outstanding. The flavor is quite sumptuous, and the chicken glace (reduced stock) is fortified with Chardonnay, butter, and cream. There’s some garlic here, too, and the same vegetables as the gluten free version. The gluten free version just tastes better, though, and if you check the ingredients, you’ll see they’re not exactly the same.

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Rating:

7.5/10

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Best Vegetable Forward

Marie Callender’s Cauliflower Crust Chicken Pot Pie

I love the veg-forwardness of this pot pie. Cauliflower crust just works, man. It provides a delightfully funky and vegetal taste that you only get from cruciferous vegetables. Personally, I much prefer a pot pie that contains vegetables. Otherwise, the chicken flavor is too bland and one note. Here, though, the chicken and vegetables work in unison to make a hearty and nuanced pot pie, and the cauliflower crust adds a little extra sumthin’. I’m a fan.

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Rating:

7/10

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Best Classic

Marie Callender’s Chicken Pot Pie

This chicken pot pie is heavy—I mean it physically weighs more. To me that means that this is just a big honkin’ pie that’s meant to fill you up. It might not be expertly made with organic ingredients, and it doesn’t feature a whole lot of nuance, but it’s good for what it is. The gravy is a little more yellow than the other ones, which tells me this was made with bouillon cubes (probably chicken). It’s salty and filled with chicken, plus a medley of vegetables—celery, carrots, peas, and potatoes. 

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Rating:

6.5/10

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Best Value

Boston Market Chicken Pot Pie

“This is for a bear,” was my initial comment upon lifting up this sizable pot pie. This is another biggun that’s more about sustenance than nuance. It does have some things you might enjoy, namely corn and big, thick chunks of white meat chicken. However, the gravy itself is quite soupy—you could literally slurp it up like soup. Personally, I’m looking for gravy that is thick and viscou not thin and watery. Still, there’s a wonderful quartet of vegetables (potatoes, carrots, celery, and corn) in this pot pie, and you get really good value. I mean, it’s so big you want to take a picture with it. 

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Rating:

6/10

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Other Products We Tried: Banquet, Marie Callender’s Plant-Based, Healthy Choice Crustless, Country Chef, Stouffer’s

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About the Author

Danny Palumbo

Danny is a comedian, cook, and food writer living in Los Angeles. He loves gas station eggs, canned sardines, and Easter candy. He also passionately believes that all the best chips come from Pennsylvania (Herr's!). If you can't understand Danny when he talks, it's because he's from Pittsburgh.

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