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    Spring Chicken & Barley Soup

    Spring Chicken & Barley Soup. Photo by JanuaryBride

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    Total Time:

    Prep Time:

    Cook Time:

    1 hr 5 mins

    15 mins

    50 mins

    JanuaryBride's Note:

    A light, barley soup. . .perfect for Spring and Summer. This is a high fiber, low fat and heart healthy soup. Recipe originally from Eating Well Magazine, but switched up a bit after making! Feel free to add some salt free all purpose seasoning or Italian Seasoning in the last 5 minutes of cooking; I used Don's Flavor Enhancer With Very Low Sodium with great results. The orange peel is the secret ingredient in this recipe. . .brightens it right up!

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    Ingredients:

    Serves: 4-6

    Yield:

    cups

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    Directions:

    1. 1
      Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and celery and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 2 to 4 minutes.
    2. 2
      Add garlic to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute.
    3. 3
      Add broth, chicken and barley. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook over low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate with a slotted spoon.
    4. 4
      Return the broth to a simmer and cook until the barley is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.
    5. 5
      Meanwhile, shred the chicken or cut into bite-size pieces; discard the bone.
    6. 6
      When the barley is done, add the chicken, spinach, mushrooms, tomatoes with juice, asparagus, peas, salt and a grinding of pepper; return to a simmer.
    7. 7
      Cover and cook over low heat until the asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes more.
    8. 8
      Gather basil and orange zest and finely chop together.
    9. 9
      Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle each serving with a generous pinch of the basil mixture.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on March 11, 2013

      45

      This was very good. The garnish is what makes it shine. You could substitute other veggies for this soup, but this has a great spring flavor.

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    • on April 28, 2010

      55

      Superb soup. Really, I can't rave enough about it. Lovely combination of ingredients; especially liked the asparagus. The basil/orange to finish is quite unique and interesting. I used two skinless chicken thighs, instead of breast. Thanks for posting this; will make again.

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    • on November 18, 2009

      55

      Made as directed and love it. This is a staple soup with its protein and veggies! I think it tastes great even the next day. Thanks, JB! Made for Aussie New Zealand Recipe Swap.

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    Nutritional Facts for Spring Chicken & Barley Soup

    Serving Size: 1 (421 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 275.4
     
    Calories from Fat 85
    31%
    Total Fat 9.5 g
    14%
    Saturated Fat 2.2 g
    11%
    Cholesterol 23.2 mg
    7%
    Sodium 693.6 mg
    28%
    Total Carbohydrate 31.6 g
    10%
    Dietary Fiber 6.5 g
    26%
    Sugars 7.3 g
    29%
    Protein 20.0 g
    40%

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