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Super Easy Chicken Barley Soup

There is nothing better on a cold blustery day than to have a warm bowl of delicious soup, wouldn't you agree?

Well, maybe it could be better if you added the fact that you also were fighting a nasty cold. Then it would be doubly better.

This week, not one, not two but three of our family members (including yours truly) came down with a nasty bug. Oh, we vied for the best seat on the couch,  consumed copious amounts of tea, crackers, and cough drops. We needed cozy soup to keep us warm and nurse us back to health.

I needed to have a recipe that would be easy and would basically require as little effort as possible to prepare. I came up with the following soup recipe.

Traditionally, this is made with beef broth, but my daughter does not like it, so I used a chicken stock base instead. To really make it easy and give a little movie time, I put everything in a crockpot, but you could very easily make this on the stove.

Easy Chicken Barley Soup

1 box (32 oz) Chicken Stock (I used Kitchen Basics for this recipe)

1 medium onion, chopped

4 stalks of celery, chopped

2 cloves garlic, minced

2 medium carrots, peeled and sliced

1 bag frozen mixed vegetables (I used a steam bag version)

1 can (15 oz) petite diced tomatoes, undrained

1 can water (use the tomato can)

1/2 cup Quick Barley

1 tbsp olive oil

1 chicken bouillon cube

1 tsp each, salt, pepper

2 tsp garlic salt

In the microwave, steam-cook frozen vegetables according to the directions. Meanwhile, in a pan over medium heat, saute in oil, onions, garlic, celery & carrots until tender. Add tomatoes and cooked vegetables to a crockpot. Add in chicken stock, water, bouillon cube, and barley. Add spices. Stir to mix and then cover. Cook on low for 4-5 hours.

This is a very versatile soup. If it is not salty enough, add a little bit more garlic salt, or sprinkle a bit of Pecorino Romano cheese. If you would want a meat soup, then by all means add 2 cups of chopped, cooked chicken.

I served this with homemade bread and it was just perfect.


Sunday 5th of February 2012

I made this last weekend and enjoyed it! Found this easy recipe for Homemade Beer Bread with Sharp Cheddar & Fresh Dill to go with it.


Tuesday 7th of February 2012

Oh, yum!! Thanks for that! I love to make beer bread...and glad you liked the soup! :)


Tuesday 31st of January 2012

I need to start getting the crock pot out for the blustery days . . . this does look like a yummy "winter adversary."


Wednesday 1st of February 2012

It was really good...and is now gone. Will have to make more!


Monday 30th of January 2012

We usually do soup in my house when it gets cold but so far this winter we haven't had much cold. I would like some of your homemade bread though.


Wednesday 1st of February 2012

I've made 3 loaves so far, with requests for more....really is delish!

By Word of Mouth Musings

Sunday 29th of January 2012

even tho we live in FL, still big soup fans ... it only has to drop below 70 for my kids to think its freezing ;) Looks yummy!


Wednesday 1st of February 2012

Below 70?? Temps hit 47 yesterday and we were ready for shorts! :)

julie gardner

Saturday 28th of January 2012

Except for the word "homemade" attached to bread, this looks do-able for me.

(I'm not terribly ambitious in the kitchen. Even when I'm completely healthy.)

But I DO like to eat. And soup? Yum.

Just please say I can buy my bread ;-)


Wednesday 1st of February 2012

You can totally buy your bread..but honestly? This bread is sooooo easy to make!!