Barley, chicken and tons of veggies baked in a delicious creamy sauce. Easily made vegetarian by removing the chicken and substituting a vegetable cream, condensed soup.

L Mac
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Ingredients

12
Original recipe yields 12 servings
The ingredient list now reflects the servings specified

Directions

  • Preheat an oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C).

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  • Bring the barley and chicken broth to a boil in a saucepan over high heat. Cover, reduce heat to low, and simmer until the barley is tender, about 30 minutes.

  • Heat the olive oil in a skillet over medium heat. Stir in the celery, carrots, garlic, and onion; cook and stir until the onion has softened and turned translucent, about 5 minutes. Stir in the mushrooms, zucchini, green beans, and broccoli. Continue cooking and stirring until the broccoli is tender, about 5 minutes more. Remove skillet from heat.

  • Combine cream cheese, cream of chicken soup, sour cream, Locatella cheese, Parmesan cheese, garlic powder, nutmeg, oregano, basil, and thyme in a large bowl, mixing until smooth. Stir in the prepared barley, peas, corn, roasted red peppers, spinach, and shredded chicken. Season with salt and pepper. Spread mixture into a large baking dish and top with mozzarella cheese.

  • Bake in the preheated oven until bubbly, and cheese has melted, 20 to 30 minutes.

Cook's Note

Freezes well and can be made ahead for next day serving. Very filling!

Nutrition Facts

369 calories; 15.5 g total fat; 48 mg cholesterol; 501 mg sodium. 38.5 g carbohydrates; 21.5 g protein; Full Nutrition

Reviews (9)

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Most helpful positive review

Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2010
Delicious and hearty! I skipped the cream cheese and locatella cheese as I had never heard of this one subbing for it asiago and adding a little more parmesan. Didn't do the roasted red peppers but won't be skipping them next time as they probably would have added a great dimension. Read More
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Most helpful critical review

Rating: 1 stars
10/22/2010
The most time consuming expensive and disastrous recipe I have ever made in 50 years of cooking. Way too much barley recipe did not state whether to put the sauteed veggies into the casserole or not. I put them at the bottom of the casserole and the creamed cheese mixture on top. My husband rated this a 4 out of 10. He does not want any more. I have broken it into several pieces and placed in freezer bags. Will add to my homemade soups a bit at a time. The recipe ingredients looked so enticing. What a dissappointment. Used all the ingredients called for and followed the recipe. My adivce is not to bother. Read More
(16)
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  • 4 star values: 3
  • 3 star values: 2
  • 2 star values: 1
  • 1 star values: 3
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2010
Delicious and hearty! I skipped the cream cheese and locatella cheese as I had never heard of this one subbing for it asiago and adding a little more parmesan. Didn't do the roasted red peppers but won't be skipping them next time as they probably would have added a great dimension. Read More
(17)
Rating: 4 stars
02/03/2010
Delicious and hearty! I skipped the cream cheese and locatella cheese as I had never heard of this one subbing for it asiago and adding a little more parmesan. Didn't do the roasted red peppers but won't be skipping them next time as they probably would have added a great dimension. Read More
(17)
Rating: 1 stars
10/22/2010
The most time consuming expensive and disastrous recipe I have ever made in 50 years of cooking. Way too much barley recipe did not state whether to put the sauteed veggies into the casserole or not. I put them at the bottom of the casserole and the creamed cheese mixture on top. My husband rated this a 4 out of 10. He does not want any more. I have broken it into several pieces and placed in freezer bags. Will add to my homemade soups a bit at a time. The recipe ingredients looked so enticing. What a dissappointment. Used all the ingredients called for and followed the recipe. My adivce is not to bother. Read More
(16)
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Rating: 3 stars
10/11/2010
This 'recipe' is more of a cooking challenge than I have recently seen. If I saw a cook book with the title "Meals with 28 Ingredients" I would not likely buy it. Chicken and Barley blends and soups are usually wonderful but I won't try this one. Thanks anyway for the effort. Read More
(7)
Rating: 4 stars
05/06/2010
Great recipe but way too much prep for me. I will cut down the veggies next time and just add whatever I have on hand or some frozen mixed veggies. Read More
(6)
Rating: 4 stars
05/04/2010
I didn't have mushrooms zucchini and cream of chicke soup or the roasted red pepper so I doubled the sour cream and added monterey jack cheese. I also added chopped sundried tomatoes packed in oil. I think this made the dish. It is a great way to get in a lot of veggies. Read More
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Rating: 2 stars
02/08/2010
I just finished making and baking this and I am pretty disappointed Read More
(5)
Rating: 5 stars
09/11/2011
Absolutely adore all the veggies in this dish! Planning to experiment with seasonings and cheeses other than Italian next time. Omitted barley and green beans. Didn't saute veggies garlic and onion before baking and was glad I didn't. Locatelli cheese is Romano cheese and can be purchased in plastic shaker form just like Parmesan cheese. Read More
(4)
Rating: 5 stars
08/15/2012
Thank you for this recipe! I love the use of multi veggies. If 28 ingredients is too many for some they may just want to avoid it altogether but there is no need for them to rain on our hard-work ethic parade. If they want a quickie meal they should grab a frozen sodium-laden meal and avoid this recipe. Thanks again! Read More
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Rating: 1 stars
02/14/2013
This had entirely too much garlic... so much that it was "spicy hot". Without that over-powering garlic it really had no flavor. Will NOT make this again. Hate that I wasted so much time and money on it. Read More