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Chicken Barley Stew

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This hearty, yummy, delicious stew may just be my new favorite soup for the time being.

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This soup is comfort food to the max. It reminds me of grown up chicken noodle soup. Sub chewy filling barley for noodles, throw in a sweet potato and kale for more grown up taste, and you get this incredible soup.

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This soup is a nutritional powerhouse that doesn’t taste like one. It’s so yummy, but really has nothing but broth, chicken and veggies which everyone can feel good about. For all you vegetarian/vegans out there this soup would still taste great sans chicken and with veggie broth instead of chicken broth.

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This soup is also a great make-ahead meal. We ate it all week and it tasted even better the next day. The barley is cooked in the soup and as it cooks it releases starch which thickens the broth and makes it super hearty and super tasty.

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What’s your favorite warm winter soup recipe!?

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Chicken Barley Stew

A grown-up hearty winter chicken stew, perfect for a cold day!
Course Appetizer, main
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 1 hour
Total Time 1 hour 20 minutes
Servings 8
Calories 276 kcal

Ingredients

  • 2 Tbsp Olive Oil
  • 1 onion chopped
  • 48 oz chicken broth
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp dry basil
  • 1/2 tsp dry parsley
  • 1 tsp oregano
  • 1/4 tsp cayenne pepper
  • 2 leaves bay
  • 2 small chicken breasts
  • 3/4 C regular barley
  • 4 C chopped kale
  • 1 large sweet potato peeled and diced
  • 1 large russet potato peeled and diced
  • 3 carrots peeled and sliced

Instructions

  1. Season chicken breasts with salt and pepper and saute in 1 Tbsp Olive oil in a large soup pot until cooked through.
  2. Remove chicken breasts and allow to cool, add remaining olive oil and saute onion until soft and transluscent. Add garlic and cook for 1 more minute.
  3. Add chicken broth, seasonings, salt, and bay leaves into the pot. Shred the chicken and add it back to the pot, then add barley, potatoes, and carrots.
  4. Bring mixture to a boil, once boiling reduce the heat and cover. Add Kale about 1/2 hour into the simmering time. Let the soup simmer until the barley is tender (about 1 hour).

Recipe Notes

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Nutrition Facts
Chicken Barley Stew
Amount Per Serving
Calories 276
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.

Recipe adapted from this one at Iowa Girl Eats

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2 Comments

  1. Danielle on November 27, 2016 at 4:12 am

    Your stew looks like it would be so perfect with this cold weather!!!

    • Amanda on November 28, 2016 at 7:09 pm

      Thanks, It’s definitely comfort food!

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