Southwestern Chicken Barley Tomato Soup

READY IN: 1hr 10mins
Recipe by NELady

I was trying a new recipe that a friend gave me, but didn't have all of the ingredients on hand. I substituted with items that I had in the pantry, and came up with this soup.

Top Review by cookingpompom

Fabulous!!!!!! I doubled it and substituted 6 cups of veggies (carrots, potato, squash, zucchini and celery) for the barley and minced (ground ) chicken for the chicken breasts and kidney beans for the black beans. Great with a sprinkle of grated cheese on top. As I am getting over a cold I wanted something different to my "usual" soup ans I had everything in my cupboard/fridge. I cannot recommend this one more! Thanks for the outstanding recipe.

Ingredients Nutrition


  1. In a 6-quart saucepan, combine the first 5 ingredients (tomatoes, salsa, chicken broth, water, green onions).
  2. Over high heat, bring to a boil; cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer about 20 minutes, stirring occasionally.
  3. Blend soup (I use a small hand immersion blender - this step is optional, but how I prepared the soup).
  4. Add barley, chicken breast and black beans. Simmer 20-25 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until barley is tender.
  5. Serve Immediately. Can season with salt & pepper, or top or with sour cream or cheddar cheese.

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