Chicken, Barley and Mushroom Soup

"One of my all-time favourite soups, this is rich and very tasty. No one needs to know that it's healthy! You really should use the chicken thighs because it contributes a lot to the flavour and richness. Enjoy!"
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  • In a large saucepan, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, celery, carrots and cook, stirring frequently, 3-4 minutes. Add chicken and keep stirring for about 3 or 4 more minutes, until lightly browned.
  • Add broth, barley, sage, thyme, salt, pepper and bay leaves. Turn to low, cover and simmer for 30 minutes or until barley is cooked.
  • Add mushrooms and parsley and cook for about 10 more minutes or until mushrooms are heated through.

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  1. JackieOhNo!
    What a nice change of pace from regular beef mushroom barley soup! I made this exactly as posted and ended up with a delicious and filling soup. It smells wonderful while it's cooking, too!
  2. Outta Here
    Very hearty and pure comfort food! I added a minced clove of garlic, and may add 1/4 cup more barley next time. Would be good with some canned, diced tomatoes also. Thanks for sharing this recipe!
  3. breezermom
    I halved the recipe for just me, so I'd have leftovers for lunch! Delicious soup, one that I will make often, since I am a "soupaholic"! The only thing I changed was too add just a bit of garlic after sauteing the veggies and chicken...didn't want it to burn. Otherwise, I stayed true to the recipe. Yummy soup! Thanks for sharing!
  4. lauralie41
    Will be adding this soup to my favorites! I used chicken tenderloins and didnt have sage on hand so added a little more thyme, dried parsley instead of fresh and only one cup of mushrooms. Enjoyed the barley a nice change from noodles. Will make sure I have sage on hand next time I make this soup. Made and reviewed for Susie's World Tour 2019 - Benelux.
  5. Chess Desalls
    This came out great! I needed to simmer longer for the barley to soften, but that may have been an issue with my barley. Thanks, loved this!


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