Bypass the suet and make lighter dumplings for this family-friendly one-pot stew
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If you want to use a slow cooker...
Use boneless chicken pieces as the meat becomes very tender and can leave chunks of stew in the stew. Flour the chicken as above. Heat the oil in a frying pan and brown the chicken in batches, followed by the lardons and onions. Transfer everything to the slow cooker along with the rest of the stew ingredients. Cover and cook on High for 4 hours. Make the dumplings as above and sit on top of the stew, cook for a further hour, then serve.