Definitely should have read the other review first. This was very bland. The chicken mixture needs more flavors and the dumplings were very very plain. I would not make again without adding a lot more flavors, so I may as well make a different recipe.
If you are going to reduce fat this much in a recipe you have to really go much bigger on flavor. Made as is, this recipe is horribly bland. Adding the milk/flour slurry actually makes it worse. I would skip the slurry, and add more spices to boost the flavor - extra pepper, garlic, thyme, smoked paprika, etc - and/or some more flavorful vegetables such as parsnips, or bell pepper. Additionally, adding some flavor into the dumplings would be good - black pepper, cayenne, chopped parsley...something to kill the bland. Also, depending on your slow cooker, the dumplings many not cook in 25 minutes. Ours took 1 hour. And really...who makes/owns a 1.5-2 quart slow cooker? That is miniature.
are these directions in order? It seems to me that steps 4 and 5 are in the wrong order.