Chicken Stew with Beans and Barley

A substantial one-pot stew using chicken thighs braised over carrot, garlic, onion, red pepper, barley, beans, rosemary, and thyme.

Prep Time:
20 mins
Cook Time:
55 mins
Additional Time:
20 mins
Total Time:
1 hrs 35 mins
4 servings


  • ¼ cup pearl barley

  • 1 tablespoon chicken broth

  • 1 medium onion, halved and sliced

  • 2 cups sliced cremini mushrooms

  • 1 cup sliced carrots

  • 1 medium red bell pepper, cut into 1-inch squares

  • 5 cloves garlic, chopped

  • 4 (5 ounce) skinless, bone-in chicken thighs

  • 2 cups chicken broth

  • 1 tablespoon tomato paste

  • 1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice

  • 1 (15 ounce) can navy beans, drained

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh rosemary

  • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme

  • salt and ground black pepper to taste


  1. Soak barley in a bowl of water for 20 minutes. Drain and discard water.

  2. Heat 1 tablespoon chicken broth in a wide soup pot over medium heat. Saute onion in hot broth, stirring frequently, for 3 to 4 minutes. Add mushrooms, carrots, bell pepper, garlic, and drained barley. Cook and stir for 5 minutes.

  3. Place chicken thighs on top of vegetables. Mix 2 cups chicken broth, tomato paste, and lemon juice in a small bowl; pour over chicken and vegetables. Bring to a boil.

  4. Reduce heat to low and cover. Simmer for about 35 minutes.

  5. Add navy beans, rosemary, thyme, salt, and pepper. Cook until chicken and vegetables are tender, about 5 more minutes.

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

424 Calories
11g Fat
44g Carbs
37g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 4
Calories 424
% Daily Value *
Total Fat 11g 14%
Saturated Fat 3g 15%
Cholesterol 90mg 30%
Sodium 1224mg 53%
Total Carbohydrate 44g 16%
Dietary Fiber 11g 39%
Total Sugars 6g
Protein 37g
Vitamin C 49mg 243%
Calcium 99mg 8%
Iron 5mg 26%
Potassium 833mg 18%

* 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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