Chicken Barley Soup
Total TimePrep: 35 min. + cooling Cook: 1 hour
Makes5 servings (about 1-1/2 quarts)
- 1 broiler/fryer chicken (2 to 3 pounds), cut up
- 8 cups water
- 1-1/2 cups chopped carrots
- 1 cup chopped celery
- 1/2 cup medium pearl barley
- 1/2 cup chopped onion
- 1 teaspoon chicken bouillon granules
- 1 teaspoon salt, optional
- 1 bay leaf
- 1/2 teaspoon poultry seasoning
- 1/2 teaspoon pepper
- 1/2 teaspoon rubbed sage
- In a large stockpot, cook chicken in water until tender. Cool broth and skim off fat. Set chicken aside until cool enough to handle. Remove meat from bones; discard bones and cut meat into cubes. Return meat to pan along with remaining ingredients. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer 1 hour or until vegetables and barley are tender. Discard bay leaf.
Nutrition Facts1 cup (calculated without salt): 333 calories, 14g fat (4g saturated fat), 84mg cholesterol, 285mg sodium, 22g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 5g fiber), 29g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 3 medium-fat meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable.
May 27, 2016
Full of spiced-up flavor. Roast chicken in soup formI I need to experiment more with the amount of barley. Also be aware that you will have to add liquid if you have any left over to reheat. My mom, sister and I all enjoyed this. I will definitely make it again when the weather turns chilly again.
Apr 25, 2016
I came back to this recipe after making it two weeks ago. The broth really is delicious.
Sep 2, 2015
This is one of the best recipes I have ever tried. This is absolutely delicious and very filling. I normally prefer the creamier soups so for this to hit a 5 star rating from me says a LOT about the quality.
Aug 20, 2015
Very good and healthy soup! I used chicken breast, and instead of water used fat free chicken broth, I was out of bay leaves, so used thyme instead. Will be making this again for sure!
Jan 18, 2015
Delicious! The only thing extra that I added was 1/4 teaspoon of celery seed & 2 stalks of celery. My family loved it.
Jan 28, 2014
My family and I loved it. Ty for the recipe. The only thing I did was to add chicken base. Very filling. Will make many more times.
Sep 29, 2013
Loved it as is. I can also think of several ways to change it up. This is definitely a keeper.
Apr 17, 2013
This has been one of our family's favorite soup recipes since it was first published. We have 6 children & all of them still ask for it, some make it for themselves now! I use 3 chicken breasts instead of the whole chicken because none of us cares for the dark meat of the chicken. Other than that, I follow the recipe--excellent!
Mar 6, 2013
Good soup, although I did feel it needed more salt and chicken base.
Dec 9, 2012
Perfect soup. I had pre-cooked a chicken and a few breasts in my crock pot. I used it in this with 8 cups of low sodium chicken broth. Great recipe- thank you!
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