Chicken Barley Soup
It may not be that creative, but Chicken Barley Soup is still one of my all-time favorites when I need some cold-weather comfort food. Barley is loaded with fiber, and this soup is kid-friendly too and the recipe is dairy-free and South Beach Diet Phase Two. Use the Recipes-by-Diet-Type Index to find more recipes like this one.
(Chicken Barley Soup was first posted in 2006; updated with new photos and better instructions and added to Recipe Favorites February 2012.)
Chop up an onion and a cup of finely chopped celery and add it to the simmering soup pot.
Then slice the carrots and add them to the soup with 1/2 cup of pearl barley and continue simmering.
Chicken Barley Soup Recipe
(Makes about 6-8 servings, recipe created by Kalyn)
2 cups diced cooked chicken (or 2 boneless-skinless chicken breasts)
8 cups chicken stock, homemade or canned
1 quart water
1 generous T Better Than Bouillon organic vegetable soup base (optional, but recommended for best flavor, other types of veggie stock cubes can be used)
1 tsp. dried thyme (or use frozen thyme leaves if you have them)
1 tsp. poultry seasoning
1 T dried parsley
1 onion, chopped small
1 cup chopped celery
1 cup sliced or diced carrots (or more if you really like carrots)
1/2 cup pearl barley
fresh ground black pepper to taste, salt if desired
In a large stock pot, combine chicken stock, water, vegetable soup base, dried thyme, poultry seasoning, and dried parsley. Simmer 15 minutes while you chop veggies and chicken.
After 15 minutes, add chopped onion, chopped celery, sliced carrots, and barley. Start to simmer, and when the barley is nearly done (about 45 minutes) add the diced chicken. You may want to add a cup or so of water if the soup reduces too much.
When the barley is done to your liking, season the soup with fresh ground black pepper and salt to taste, and serve hot. (Be sure to taste before adding salt if using canned chicken stock, which can be rather salty.)
Low-Carb Diet / Low-Glycemic Diet / South Beach Diet Suggestions:
This tasty soup is a great meal for phase two or three of the South Beach Diet. You could make the same soup with brown rice, or wild rice, which would still be great for South Beach and also gluten-free. This soup isn’t suitable for other low-carb diets.
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Beef and Barley Stew with Mushrooms from Simply Recipes
Barley Minestrone with Canadian Bacon, Savoy Cabbage, and Rosemary from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Slow Cooker Beef Barley Soup from Andrea Meyers
Mushroom Barley Soup with Ham and Leeks from Kalyn’s Kitchen
Mushroom Barley Soup with Miso and Kale from TasteFood