Hot Eats and Cool Reads: Hearty Chicken and Barley Soup Recipe

Nov 12, 2012

Hearty Chicken and Barley Soup Recipe

This delicious and filling soup is full of tender chicken breast, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and barley! The perfect fall or winter lunch or dinner! Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for later!

Hearty Chicken and Barley Soup



This delicious and filling soup is full of tender chicken breast, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and barley! The perfect fall or winter lunch or dinner! Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for later!


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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 delicious and filling soup is full of tender chicken breast, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and barley! The perfect fall or winter lunch or dinner! Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for later!


Barley is one of my favorite grains, and for some very good reasons!

It's a great source of fiber, helps lower cholesterol, and is great for gut health!

Barley is a member of the grass family and it was one of the first cultivated grains over 10,000 years ago!

Myself, I love the texture of barley and love it in soups and served as a side like rice!



This delicious and filling soup is full of tender chicken breast, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and barley! The perfect fall or winter lunch or dinner! Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for later!


Other recipes with barley you may love:

Slow Cooker Bean, Barley and Vegetable Soup

Pressure Cooker Beef and Barley Soup
Barley and Zucchini Mason Jar Salad
Pumpkin Barley Soup
Barley Spinach and Mushrooms
Chicken and Barley Bake


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This delicious and filling soup is full of tender chicken breast, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and barley! The perfect fall or winter lunch or dinner! Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for later!


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 from all the veggies and the chicken and beans add that much needed extra protein.

You could try other beans you have on hand in place of white beans, use rotisserie chicken, or try different flavors of diced tomatoes! 

That's what I love most about this recipe is the versatility. I also love that it's budget friendly, feeds a crowd and it's great for leftover lunches.

You can freeze in individual portions and defrost for later too!



This delicious and filling soup is full of tender chicken breast, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and barley! The perfect fall or winter lunch or dinner! Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for later!


Other soup recipes you may love:

Slow Cooker Creamy Cheeseburger Soup
Easy Chicken and Dumpling Soup
Beefy Mushroom Onion and Orzo Soup
Broccoli Cheese Soup
Creamy Sausage, Potato and Sauerkraut Soup
Tuscan Ham and Bean Soup



This delicious and filling soup is full of tender chicken breast, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and barley! The perfect fall or winter lunch or dinner! Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for later!


We have so many favorite soups, and this one is now added to the list! Enjoy!


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Hearty Chicken and Barley Soup

Yield: 6 servings
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ingredients:

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 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
  • salt and pepper, to taste

instructions:

  1. In a large soup pot, heat the olive oil over medium high heat.
  2. Add the chicken and saute until chicken is cooked through. Remove from the pot and set aside. Reduce the heat to medium, then add the onion and garlic. Saute for another 3-4 minutes.
  3. Increase the heat to medium high. Pour the chicken broth in the pot, then add the spinach, tomatoes, carrots, beans and basil. Bring to a boil, then add the barley.
  4. Reduce heat to medium and simmer for 15 minutes or until barley is cooked through. Add the chicken, and season with salt and pepper to taste.
  5. Remove from heat and serve!
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This delicious and filling soup is full of tender chicken breast, tomatoes, carrots, spinach and barley! The perfect fall or winter lunch or dinner! Freeze or refrigerate leftovers for later!


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6 comments:

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

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

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

    ~Jen @ Yummy - Healthy - Easy

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  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

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  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

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

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