This is a FABULOUS recipe by The Pastry Queen, Rebecca Rather, from her cookbook "The Pastry Queen: Royally Good Recipes from the Texas Hill Country's Rather Sweet Cafe." She says she can never make enough of these wonderful pot pies to satisfy her loyal customers. After trying this recipe, I can certainly see why. PURE comfort food here! When fall comes, this is what you'll be craving.
I usually take two days to put these together--stewing the chicken and sauteeing the vegetables on the first day; making the cream sauce and the crust the second day. Do not be intimidated by the crust! It's just a top crust and hangs over the side of the dish in a rustic, country fashion. Very, very easy to roll out and work with. Also, don't buy any special oven proof bowls for this recipe--I always make it in two 9" pie plates and it fills them nicely. I add about 10 minutes to the bake time, but watch carefully so they don't burn.
This recipe is super flexible; feel free to add in your favorite vegetables. I always add carrots to mine--I love the sweetness they add--a perfect contrast to the savory flavor of the pie.