I have loved chicken pot pie since I was a little girl, I am not sure that I know a person who doesn't like it. Do these people exist in our country??
I started making CPP a few years back, I used Joy of Cooking's recipe but, it was a bit labor intensive for me to make often with an infant under one arm. This past Xmas, my husband's mother gave me the Pioneer Woman Cooks, I had not heard of her but, there's lots of pictures in there, so I felt that I would give her recipe a try. I omitted peas because that is on the no travel list of my digestive system and teeth, and throat. Eww. Anyhow, I used fennel (started from seed in our garden!) instead and it gave such a great flavor to the filling.
It takes longest to cut all of the veggies than it does to cook the filling. I used chicken thighs (from a local farm), I boil them and I use that water for stock--$3.50 saved, which will be used for a future fennel purchase. Here is the filling complete with me adding thyme (also our home grown) last.
For topping, I no longer make a pie crust, I use a biscuit recipe. I never make the biscuits, I nab the closest, most unsuspecting person that is able to read and measure ingredients--they never see it coming. Thanks red-haired brother!