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Hearty Chicken Barley Soup

 Hearty Chicken Barley Soup
No question—this is my favorite soup. It's so filling that I serve it as a hearty main dish, and I have given the recipe to many of our friends and relatives. It tastes too good to keep to yourself!
5 ServingsPrep: 15 min. Cook: 1-1/2 hours


  • 1 broiler/fryer chicken (3 pounds), cut up
  • 2 quarts water
  • 1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
  • 1 cup chopped celery
  • 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
  • 1/2 cup chopped onion
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried sage


  • In a stock pot, cook chicken in water until tender. Remove chicken
  • and set aside until cool enough to handle. Cool broth and skim off
  • fat.
  • Remove meat from bones; discard bones and cut meat into cubes; return
  • to pot along with remaining ingredients. Cover and simmer for at
  • least 1 hour or until vegetables and barley are tender. Remove bay
  • leaf before serving.
  • Yield: 5 servings.
Nutritional Facts:Nutritional Analysis: One 1-cup serving equals 259 calories, 127 mg sodium, 89 mg cholesterol, 22 gm carbohydrate, 31 gm protein,

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Hearty Chicken Barley Soup (continued)

Nutritional Facts: 5 gm fat. Diabetic Exchanges: 2-1/2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.
Wine: Full-Bodied White Wine: Enjoy this recipe with a full-bodied white wine such as Chardonnay or Viognier.