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Chicken Barley Soup Recipe

Chicken Barley Soup Recipe

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. (Especially with the barley, it simply tastes too good to keep to yourself!) —Diana Costello, Marion, Kansas
TOTAL TIME: Prep: 35 min. + cooling Cook: 1 hour YIELD:5 servings

Ingredients

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

Directions

  • 1. In a large kettle, cook chicken in water until tender. Cool broth and skim off fat. Bone the chicken and cut into bite-size pieces; return to kettle along with remaining ingredients. Simmer, covered, for at least 1 hour or until vegetables and barley are tender. Remove bay leaf. Yield: 5 servings (about 1-1/2 qts.).

Nutritional Facts

1 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.

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doreensanzone
Reviewed 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."

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heidiclark1
Reviewed Apr. 25, 2016

"I came back to this recipe after making it two weeks ago. The broth really is delicious."

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Dienna
Reviewed 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."

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jetluvs2cook
Reviewed 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!"

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Wildroseww
Reviewed 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."

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Ltoper
Reviewed 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."

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Jami4
Reviewed Sep. 29, 2013

"Loved it as is. I can also think of several ways to change it up. This is definitely a keeper."

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Sue Zappa
Reviewed 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!"

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lisa53202
Reviewed Mar. 6, 2013

"Good soup, although I did feel it needed more salt and chicken base."

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hollyfrolly
Reviewed 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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