Recipe by Munchkin Mama
This is really a versatile recipe, and economical, too. It can be used so many ways... as a filling for burritos, a topping for nachos, or as a side dish. I've also served it in bowls with nachos for scooping. I like to add some cheese no matter how I serve it. I had never cooked with barley before I started making this, but found it easy and tasty- kind of like rice. As prepared here it makes a lot, but you could easily half the recipe.
Top Review by DuChick
This was good and not overly spicy. In fact, I think I'll add more spice to the leftovers. We ate ours in a bowl with a spoon, stew-fashion. It would be great with tortilla chips too. What I really love is the healthy benefits: low in fat, calories and carbs. I did add a can of black beans and some chopped cilantro. Thanks for sharing this recipe and congrats on being Chef of the Day!
- 2 cups onions, chopped
- 2 garlic cloves, minced (or more to taste)
- 2 tablespoons vegetable oil
- 4 cups water
- 2 cups Quaker quick barley (you can use regular barley- see note below)
- 2 (16 ounce) cans chopped tomatoes, undrained
- 2 (16 ounce) cans tomato sauce
- 3 cups chicken broth
- 2 (16 ounce) cans whole kernel corn, drained
- 6 cups cooked chicken (chopped or shredded)
Spices- use these OR use 2 packages of taco seasoning
- 2 tablespoons chili powder
- 1 teaspoon cumin
Directions See How It's Made
- In a large Dutch oven, cook the onion and garlic in oil until tender.
- Add in all ingredients (including spices) except for chicken. Bring to a boil.
- Reduce heat and simmer 10 minutes, stirring occasionally.
- Add the cooked chicken; continue simmering another 10 minutes or until the chicken is heated through and the barley is tender.
- To freeze: cool, spoon into quart-sized freezer bags, label, and freeze flat.
- To serve: Thaw chicken mixture. Heat in a skillet until hot. Serve over corn tortilla chips or scoop into flour tortillas, fajita-style.
- Note: If you choose to use regular barley rather than quick cooking barley, you'll want to cook it ahead of time, which takes about an hour. Follow the directions on the box.