Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup Recipe

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup Recipe | 31Daily.com

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup is a hearty recipe, perfect for brisk days or when a bowl of comfort is the order of the day. Flavored with bacon and packed with healthy veggies and fiber-rich barley, this soup is so, so delicious.

All made in the convenience of a slow cooker.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup Recipe | 31Daily.com

A soup that serves as an easy weeknight dinner, or weekend, gather-the-family meal. Simple ingredients you likely have on hand… with very little effort.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup Recipe | 31Daily.com

So little, in fact, it almost makes itself. Simply skillet-cook the bacon, add the onions and garlic to infuse that irresistible bacon flavor; and then add everything to the slow cooker. It will make soup magic while you’re off having fun. Or… are at work. Which can be fun too! Right?

Either way, a comforting bowl of deliciously warm and hearty soup will be waiting when you come home.

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup Recipe | 31Daily.com

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Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup Recipe

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup Recipe | 31Daily.com

Healthy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup is a hearty recipe, perfect for brisk days or when a bowl of comfort is the order of the day. Flavored with bacon and packed with healthy veggies and fiber-rich barley, this soup is so, so delicious.

  • Author: Stephanie Wilson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 4 hours
  • Total Time: 4 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6 - 8 servings 1x
  • Category: Soup
  • Method: Slow Cooker
  • Cuisine: Irish
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Ingredients

4 slices bacon, chopped
1 large onion, chopped
4 cloves garlic, minced
3 medium-size red potatoes, diced
46 boneless, skinless chicken thighs (or breasts)
3 carrots, sliced
2 celery stalks, chopped
6 cups chicken broth or stock
1/2 cup pearl barley, rinsed
11/2 teaspoon dried thyme
2 bay leaves
salt and pepper to taste
1/4 cup fresh parsley (or cilantro) chopped for garnish

Instructions

Place a skillet over medium heat. Add the bacon and cook until brown, then add the onions and garlic.  Saute for 3 to 4 minutes until softened. Transfer to a 6-quart slow cooker.

Place the chicken on top of the onions. Then layer the potatoes, carrots, celery, chicken broth, barley, thyme, bay leaves, 1-1/2 teaspoons salt, and 1/2 teaspoon black pepper. Cover and cook on LOW for 7-8 hours or on HIGH for 4-5 hours.

Remove the bay leaves and discard. And then remove the chicken from the slow cooker and shred with two forks. Return the chicken to the slow cooker, add the fresh parsley and stir. Ladle into bowls and serve. Garnish with crumbled bacon, chopped fresh parsley (or cilantro) and slices or cubes of crusty bread.

Keywords: Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup, Barley Soup

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Stephanie Wilson is an author, blogger, publisher, and former television news writer and producer. She lives in the Puget Sound area with her family.

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