Barley Chicken Casserole
photo by patti k.
- Ready In:
- 1hr 35mins
- 1⁄3 cup butter
- 2⁄3 cup chopped onion
- 2⁄3 cup chopped celery
- 1 cup barley
- 1 (10 3/4 ounce) can condensed cream of chicken soup
- 2 cups water
- 1 -2 cup chopped cooked chicken
- 1⁄4 cup minced fresh parsley or 2 tablespoons dried parsley flakes
Other seasoning suggestions (optional)
- thyme (optional)
- sage (optional)
- tarragon, whatever you like (optional)
- Heat oven to 350.
- Grease a 2 quart baking dish.
- In a large skillet over medium heat, melt butter.
- Add onion and celery, cook and stir till tender.
- Add barley, cook about 2 minutes or till light golden brown, stirring frequently.
- In a medium bowl, combine remaining ingredients.
- Add barley mixture, mix well.
- Pour into prepared baking dish.
- Cover and cook about 1 hour and 15 minutes or until liquid is absorbed.
- Stir well before serving.
I added 3/4c of finely diced carrot to the onions and celery. When almost soft I added 3 minced cloves of garlic. I made my own condensed cream of chicken soup. Used chicken broth for the liquid. I also added 3/4c thawed sweetlet peas when mixing. For seasoning I used lemon and herb seasoning mix (about 2t), some freshly ground black pepper and about 1/2t of salt. I used pot barley and 2c of diced chicken breast that was soaked in broth so it was nice and moist. Will try with different vegetables another time and more vegetables as for 6 it only worked out to about 1 serving of vegetables per person so I had to make a side salad. Enjoyed by all.
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This was exactly what I was looking for when I wanted to do something with that bag of barley I'd bought. I added some chopped portobello mushrooms to the celery and onions, used a dried little thyme, and subbed a can of low-sodium, fat free chicken broth for the water but otherwise followed the recipe to a tee. I'd really forgotten just how easy and flavorful a barley casserole could be. Thanks for sharing a wonderful recipe!
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