Chicken with Barley Soup


This is a high-protein, high-fiber, and low-fat recipe that is very filling. I usually double the recipe so I have plenty of leftovers. The soup freezes well. This soup comes out very thick; if you like a thinner soup, add more water or reduce the barley to 1/2 cup. This soup recipe is very flexible. Adjust amount of veggies and seasonings to your family's taste.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
1 hrs 30 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 50 mins
6 servings


  • 8 cups water

  • 2 pounds chicken thighs, or more to taste

  • 1 ½ cups chopped carrots

  • 1 cup chopped celery (try to include celery leaves)

  • 1 onion, chopped

  • ¾ cup pearl barley

  • 3 bay leaves

  • 1 cube chicken bouillon, or more to taste

  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • 1 teaspoon rubbed sage

  • 1 teaspoon salt, or to taste

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • 2 tablespoons lemon juice


  1. Combine water, chicken thighs, and bay leaves in a large stock pot; bring to a boil, reduce heat to low, place a cover on the pot, and cook at a simmer until the chicken is tender, about 30 minutes.

  2. Remove chicken to a cutting board to cool. Remove and discard bones, skin, and fat from chicken. Cut remaining meat into bite-sized pieces.

  3. Cool broth until the fat congeals on the surface. Skim and discard fat.

  4. Return soup to heat; add carrots, celery, onion, pearl barley, bay leaves, chicken bouillon, poultry seasoning, sage, salt, and black pepper. Bring the soup to a boil, reduce heat to low, place cover on the pot, and simmer until the barley is cooked and the vegetables are tender, 60 to 90 minutes. Stir lemon juice into the soup just before serving.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

352 Calories
16g Fat
25g Carbs
28g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 6
Calories 352
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 16g 20%
Saturated Fat 4g 22%
Cholesterol 85mg 28%
Sodium 704mg 31%
Total Carbohydrate 25g 9%
Dietary Fiber 6g 21%
Total Sugars 4g
Protein 28g
Vitamin C 8mg 39%
Calcium 63mg 5%
Iron 3mg 14%
Potassium 503mg 11%

* 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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