Chicken Barley Soup|Ben’s Recipe

Do you like new soup recipes as much as I do?  I have one for you.

This is the first of many posts to come featuring one of my husband Ben’s recipes (no pressure honey!).  He doesn’t love when I brag on him too much in this regard, but this guy really does know his way around the kitchen.  This guy can cook and bake.  I’m spoiled.  I took one spoonful of this chicken barley soup, eyes closed, and savoured.  2 Bowls at lunch and we pretty much finished it off at supper time.

Delicious.  Yum.  I want more.

If you are looking for a quick ish and pretty easy recipe for chicken soup, you have to try this one featuring pearl barley.  Wherever you are in the world, whether you have snow (as we do here) or not… or if you just love soups, do yourself a favour and try this soup recipe!

Just to show how cold it is here, here’s a family photo from a few days ago… this was pre-snow, but sooooo cold.  Our older son was distracted by tree climbing, but pretty cute none the less.

the family behind the blog

And… onto the reason you are here!  Enjoy this yummy recipe – I wish I had a bowl right now!

Chicken and Barley Soup (Ben’s Recipe)

Serves: 5-6
Preparation: 20 Minutes Approx
Cooking time: 35 Minutes

1 1/2 Tbs Olive Oil
1 lb Chicken (we used left over rotissery chicken) Chopped Up
1 1/2 Cups diced Celery
1 1/2 Cups diced Carrots
1 Medium diced Onion
1 Large clove of Garlic minced
1 tsp Dried Thyme
1 Bay Leaf
2-3 Tbs Dried Parsley
4 Cups (1L) Chicken Broth
1/3 Heaping Cup of Pearl Barley
Salt & Pepper to taste

1. After chopping up onion, carrots, celery, garlic & chicken, place in a large bowl and set aside.

2. Grab a large pot, heat olive oil over medium to high heat. Once the olive oil is hot add all ingrendeints mentioned in number 1. Cook for 5 minutes, stiring occasionally. You don’t even want it al deinte, just to start to cook so some juices are coming out.

3. Add thyme, bay leaf, parsley, salt, pepper and barley, stire until everything is combined and heated.

4. Add chicken broth, bring to a boil, allow to simmer 30 minutes or until barley is tender but not overcooked.

And there you have it!  Printable at the bottom… happy soup making!


Printable as promised…




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