Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Chicken and Barley Soup Recipe

Nov 12, 2012

Chicken and Barley Soup Recipe

I could make soup everyday, and my 5 year old would be the happiest girl in the world. She loves most any soup I make and it's so much fun to see how she likes some we've never tried before. After we ate, she asked me what type of grain was in this soup. I have no idea how she even knows barley is a grain, at the age of 5. She continues to amaze me with her knowledge all the time!

This soup is one of those that when you have nothing else to make, you throw everything in the fridge and freezer into a pot, and see how it turns out! Well, we definitely LOVED how this soup turned out! The broth is so flavorful with the diced tomatoes added in, and barley adds the perfect texture. We have so many favorite soups, and this one is now added to the list! Enjoy!

Chicken and Barley Soup (print recipe)

What you need:
1 1/2 pounds chicken breast, cut into bite sized pieces
3/4 cup onion, diced
3 cloves garlic, minced
9 cups chicken broth
5 ounces frozen spinach, thawed
1- 14.5 ounce can diced tomatoes
1 1/2 cups carrots, sliced
1- 15 ounce can white beans, drained and rinsed
1 teaspoon dried basil
1 cup quick cook barley
olive oil
salt and pepper, if desired

In a large soup pot, saute the chicken, onion and garlic, in some olive oil, over medium high heat until chicken is cooked through. Pour in the chicken broth, spinach, tomatoes, carrots, beans and basil. Bring to a boil and add barley. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for about 15 minutes or until barley is cooked through.

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This recipe was shared at:
Manic Monday at Bobbi's Kozy Kitchen
Mealtime Monday at Couponing & Cooking
Church Supper at Everyday Mom's Meals
Weekend Potluck at The Country Cook
Creative Thursday at Michelle's Tasty Creations
Thursdays Treasures at Recipes for my Boys
Full Plate Thursday at Miz helen's Country Cottage
Tasty Thursdays at Mandatory Mooch
Wonderful Food Wednesday at At Home Take 2
Work it Wednesday at High Heels and Grills
Whimsy Wednesday at Smart School House
All My Bloggy Friends at Love Bakes Good Cakes


  1. I don't have too many soup recipes that use barley. Pinned to try!

    1. Thanks for sharing at All my Bloggy Friends. I'm looking forward to seeing what you share this week! :)

  2. YUM! We love soup too! And I adore barley! I'm definitely going to try this, thanks!

    ~Jen @ Yummy - Healthy - Easy

  3. Wishing you and your family a very Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you so much for sharing with Full Plate Thursday and hope to see you soon!
    Miz Helen

  4. I can still remember the first time I had Barley in a soup about 33 yrs ago! Loved it. Your soup looks so inviting. Thanks for sharing on Thursdays Treasures. Happy Thanksgiving

    1. Thanks! I just love barley too and this soup is so delicious! :)


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