I can't believe that this got such bad reviews. This was so delicious that I just bought everything to make it again. I did the slow cooker all day with the chicken (I used boneless, skinless, breast) & vegetables and when it was time to do the dumplings, I transferred this to a pot on the stovetop. Seems daunting, but I didn't feel my crock pot was hot enough to cook the dumplings and melt the cream cheese into the broth. I also did not use the stove top dumplings, instead, I used biscuit mix dumplings. The stew was rich and creamy and so delicious. My husband & I fought over the leftovers.