Delicious Chicken Barley Chili

Total Time
Prep 15 mins
Cook 45 mins

This is a nice hearty meal that goes together very quickly. You can see how easy this recipe is to adjust for your family’s “spicy” tolerance. None of these ingredients are ever really "optional" here. I tend to add more garlic and some cayenne if there aren't any kids eating. You can use the seasoned varieties of the beans, tomatoes, or anything else. I love Rotel. I serve with some warmed pitas or tortillas.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a large saucepan, tomatoes, salsa, broth, barley, water, chili powder, cumin, and garlic.
  2. Bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Add beans, corn and chicken; increase heat until chili comes to a boil.
  4. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for another 5 minutes, or until barley is tender.
  5. If chili becomes too thick, add more chicken broth or water until chili is desired consistency.
  6. Top each bowl of chili with a little shredded cheddar and a dollop of sour cream.
Most Helpful

I really liked the texure that the barley gave to this chili. I made quite a few additions to the recipe in order for it to suit our tastes. I sauteed one chopped onion in olive oil to add to the chili, 2 additional tablespoons of chili powder, 3 tablespoons tomato paste, 1/2 teaspoon ground chipotle pepper and about 1/2 teaspoon of granulated garlic (in addition to the chopped, fresh). I also found this recipe on the back of the Quaker Oats Quick Barley. Thanks for posting.

tstollar January 19, 2009

I made this pretty much as written, except I could not find quick-cooking barley, so I had to use regular pearl barley and increase the cooking time. For the salsa, I used Newman's Own Chunky Hot Salsa, which gave this just the right amount of heat that we like. This came out nice and thick, as chili should be, and was great after shoveling snow all day! Made for Please Review My Recipe Tag Game.

JackieOhNo! December 22, 2008

I left out the garbanzo beans but add more black beans. I felt that this chili was a little bland. I added 1/2 tsp onion powder, extra chili powder, cayenne pepper, & a little Worcestershire sauce. It tasted better when I added the cheese & sour cream. Made for 123 HITS

Nasseh December 18, 2008