Smothered Barley With Chicken

Total Time
1hr 10mins
Prep 15 mins
Cook 55 mins

This is a flavorful recipe that I found on a Weight Watchers recipe board. Will fit Flex plan or Core.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. Combine first 6 ingredients in a small bowl.
  2. Rub chicken with 1/2 of the spices, saving rest.
  3. Heat oil, cook chicken one minute on each side, or until browned.
  4. Remove chicken from pan.
  5. Re-coat skillet with cooking spray.
  6. Add onion, bell pepper and soy sauce.
  7. Cook over medium heat 3 minutes or until veggies are browned.
  8. Add broth, barley, tomatoes and remaining spice mixture.
  9. Add chicken.
  10. Stir gently.
  11. Bring to boil, cover, reduce heat.
  12. Simmer 55 minutes or until chicken is done.


Most Helpful

Love it! I had to add water a couple of times at the end. I used chicken breasts and fresh tomatos. Tossed in water chesnuts for crunch. It is really good and will definitely be a staple in our house for good. Thanks!

Chef Jac-Mo April 07, 2008

This originally came from Cooking Light and is a family favourite in our house. I mix the seasonings in bulk and keep them on hand, because measuring them all is the hardest part of this recipe! Also I always add the soy sauce AFTER browning the veggies ... the act of adding the soy sauce first never made sense to me. I have tried this in the slow cooker, and it didn't work well. I only like it with thighs, breasts always seem too dry by the time the barley is cooked. Thanks for posting (saves me doing it!).

Gingernut February 25, 2007

Very good for a meal that is so healthy, but I felt it could use more and or different spices. This may have been better with a middle eastern blend rather than cinnamon with the cumin and chili powder. The meal was like a stew when cooked for the recommended time, but will be better leftover when most of the liquid has absorbed. The chicken came out well, tender and not rubbery at all.

Demandy October 03, 2006

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