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Basic Barley Chicken Soup *Recipe*

*Freeze any extras in a plastic freezer container so whenever you are sick you can thaw and reheat the homemade chicken soup, no cooking or canned soup necessary!

Barley Chicken Soup
Yield: 6 servings

Barley Chicken Soup

Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 1 hour 30 minutes
Total Time: 1 hour 40 minutes

Simple, healthy chicken soup for a chilly day.


Chicken Stock

  • 10 cups water
  • 3 chicken breasts
  • 2 carrots, cut into thirds
  • 2 red potatoes, halved
  • Base of celery stalk
  • 2 bay leaves
  • Salt and pepper to taste

Chicken Soup

  • 2 red potatoes, cubed
  • 2 carrots, coined
  • 2 stalks celery, cubed
  • 1-2 chicken breasts (reserved from stock)
  • 1/2 cup barley


Make the broth:

  1. In a large pot, add water and chicken on medium heat and bring to a boil. The chicken boiling will cause a foamy film at the top–scoop this out as it cooks.
  2. Add in carrots, potatoes, celery stalk base, bay leaves and salt and pepper. Reduce heat and simmer for about one hour, stirring occasionally.
  3. Remove the vegetables, chicken and bay leaves onto a plate.

Make the soup:

  1. Let the chicken cool some then shred it for the soup. Make sure as much of the foam is off the top of the broth as possible at this time.
  2. Add the soup vegetables, shredded chicken, and barley to the broth.
  3. Cook covered on medium, stirring occasionally, for about 30 minutes or until vegetable and barley textures are to your liking.


Don't waste the carrots, potatoes, and extra chicken breast leftover from making the stock; these make a great, flavorful snack or use the chicken on a sandwich! You can also blend up the vegetables into a gravy for hidden vegetable gravy.

Nutrition Information:



Serving Size:


Amount Per Serving: Calories: 373Total Fat: 4gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 2gCholesterol: 85mgSodium: 197mgCarbohydrates: 46gFiber: 5gSugar: 4gProtein: 36g

This nutrition information is auto-generated. Nutritional values may change with specific items and brands used, so manual calculation is recommended if exact nutritional counts are needed.

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