Chicken Barley Soup with Sweet Potato


I got this recipe from my mother; it's a hearty soup, perfect for a crisp fall day. The sweet potato and barley combine for a unique chicken soup that is always a crowd-pleaser! (Also a great way to use chicken leftovers.)

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 10 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
16 servings


  • 2 teaspoons olive oil

  • 1 Spanish onion, diced

  • ½ cup diced celery

  • 3 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 ½ quarts chicken stock

  • 3 cups diced cooked chicken breast

  • 3 cups sliced carrots

  • 2 parsnips, diced (Optional)

  • 1 ¼ cups barley

  • 4 large sweet potatoes, peeled and diced

  • ½ cup chopped fresh dill (Optional)

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Heat olive oil in a large heavy stockpot over medium heat; cook and stir onion, celery, and garlic in hot oil until onion is slightly tender, about 8 minutes.

  2. Stir chicken stock, chicken, carrots, parsnips, and barley into onion mixture; bring to a boil. Reduce heat and simmer until barley is slightly tender, about 30 minutes.

  3. Stir sweet potatoes into soup and simmer until sweet potatoes and barley are tender, about 30 minutes; season with dill, salt, and pepper.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

240 Calories
4g Fat
41g Carbs
12g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 16
Calories 240
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 4g 4%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 20mg 7%
Sodium 530mg 23%
Total Carbohydrate 41g 15%
Dietary Fiber 8g 28%
Total Sugars 8g
Protein 12g
Vitamin C 9mg 47%
Calcium 69mg 5%
Iron 2mg 10%
Potassium 685mg 15%

* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet. Your daily values may be higher or lower depending on your calorie needs.

** Nutrient information is not available for all ingredients. Amount is based on available nutrient data.

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a medically restrictive diet, please consult your doctor or registered dietitian before preparing this recipe for personal consumption.

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