Delicious Chicken Barley Chili

Recipe by LilPinkieJ

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.

Top Review by tstollar

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.

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.

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