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Vegetable Chicken Barley Soup

Total Time

Prep: 20 min. Cook: 45 min.


6 servings

Updated: Oct. 15, 2022
With chicken, barley and a host of delicious veggies, this is a tasty antidote to cold and flu chills. —Patricia Randall, Newton, Kansas
Vegetable Chicken Barley Soup Recipe photo by Taste of Home


  • 1 pound boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch pieces
  • 2 tablespoons canola oil, divided
  • 2 cups chopped leeks (white portion only)
  • 1 celery rib, thinly sliced
  • 1 carrot, thinly sliced
  • 2 cups sliced fresh mushrooms
  • 1 garlic clove, minced
  • 2 cans (14-1/2 ounces each) reduced-sodium chicken broth
  • 2-1/4 cups water
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried thyme
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  • 1/2 cup quick-cooking barley


  1. In a Dutch oven, cook chicken in 1 tablespoon oil until no longer pink. Remove and set aside.
  2. In the same pan, saute the leeks, celery and carrot in remaining oil for 4 minutes. Add mushrooms and garlic; cook 2 minutes longer. Stir in the broth, water, seasonings and chicken. Bring to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 15 minutes.
  3. Stir in barley and return to a boil. Reduce heat; cover and simmer for 10-15 minutes or until barley and vegetables are tender. Discard bay leaf.

Nutrition Facts

1 cup: 218 calories, 7g fat (1g saturated fat), 42mg cholesterol, 550mg sodium, 19g carbohydrate (3g sugars, 4g fiber), 21g protein. Diabetic Exchanges: 2 lean meat, 1 starch, 1 vegetable, 1 fat.

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