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Chicken Barley Soup for the Slow Cooker

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Healthy Homemade Chicken Barley Soup is a light and delicious slow cooker soup that is easy to assemble in the morning, and then have a hearty, healthy family dinner at the end of a long winter’s day.

Healthy Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup

With only six ingredients (not including water, salt, and pepper), most of which you most likely already have in your pantry and fridge, this Healthy Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup is wonderful comfort food you’ll want to make for your family all winter long!

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**Please Note – The printable recipe card with detailed instructions, complete ingredient measurements, and nutritional information for making Healthy Chicken Barley Soup for the Slow Cooker is available near the end of this post. 

Healthy Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup

The ingredient list:

  • Chicken Thighs
  • Carrots
  • Celery
  • Onions
  • Chicken or turkey broth
  • Water
  • Barley
  • Salt and Pepper 
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If this doesn’t look warm, comforting, and filling, then I don’t know what does…

I didn’t add any additional spices or seasoning to my soup because I wanted to keep it simple. However, feel free to play with herbs if you’d like to up the flavor profile.

A bay leave would be lovely to add at the beginning of cooking (remember to take it out before serving), or maybe add a bit of thyme or a tiny bit of rosemary.

Of course, a little bit of fresh chopped parsley is always good right before serving. Since it’s your soup, feel free to add the flavors you enjoy. I encourage you to have fun in the kitchen, and not to feel like you have to stick to a recipe 100% of the time.

The easy instructions;

  • Dice 1½ cups red onion, 1 cup carrots, and 1 cup celery.
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  • Add the diced vegetables into a 7-quart slow cooker.
  • Stir 1½ pounds of diced boneless, skinless chicken thighs into the cooker with the vegetables.
  • Season with 3 teaspoons salt, and 1 teaspoon pepper.
  • Stir well to combine.
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  • Add 1 quart of chicken or turkey stock to the cooker along with 2 cups water.
  • Stir in 1½ cups of pearl barley.
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  • Cover the cooker and cook on medium for 8 hours, or 5 hours on high.
  • Stir well again before serving.
  • Serve hot.
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For making this soup, you can use store-bought chicken or turkey stock, or you can use homemade. If you’re looking for a delicious and easy recipe for making homemade chicken stock (pictured below), you can check out my recipe by clicking HERE.

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Below is the printable recipe card for today’s Healthy Homemade Chicken Barley Soup for the Slow Cooker. If you’ve enjoyed this recipe and look forward to making it (or have already made it), I’d appreciate if you’d take a moment to give it some feedback by way of stars near the comment section at the end of this post. Thank you so much!

Healthy Homemade Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup

Chicken Barley Soup for the Slow Cooker

Renee – Kudos Kitchen
Healthy Homemade Chicken Barley Soup is a light and delicious slow cooker soup that is easy to assemble in the morning, and then have a hearty, healthy family dinner at the end of a long winter’s day.
4.5 from 2 votes
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 5 hrs
Total Time 5 hrs
Course Main Course, Slow Cooker – Main Course
Cuisine American Comfort Food, healthy
Servings 12
Calories 198 kcal

Ingredients
 
 

  • cup diced onion
  • 1 cup diced carrots
  • 1 cup diced celery
  • pounds chicken thighs boneless, skinless, diced
  • 3 teaspoons kosher salt
  • 1 teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 quart chicken or turkey stock
  • 2 cups water
  • cups pearl barley

Instructions
 

  • Place all ingredients into a 7-quart slow cooker.
  • Cover and cook on medium for 8 hours, or high for 5 hours.
  • Stir well and serve hot.

Notes

Tools and equipment:
7-quart slow cooker, chefs knife, cutting board

Nutrition

Serving: 1Calories: 198kcalCarbohydrates: 25gProtein: 15gFat: 3gSaturated Fat: 0gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 763mgPotassium: 376mgFiber: 4gSugar: 2gVitamin A: 1840IUVitamin C: 2.6mgCalcium: 27mgIron: 1.4mg
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Recipe Rating




Wilhelmina

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

I have been out in the cold wind this afternoon and I wish I had a warm bowl of this deliciousness in front of me right now! YUM!

Renée

Tuesday 25th of December 2018

It would have been perfect timing! Next time, maybe!

Dini

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

This was so comforting and flavorful, and super easy in the slow cooker. Perfect for a cold night. Thank you so much for the recipe! :)

Renée

Sunday 23rd of December 2018

It's my pleasure, Dini! Enjoy!!

The Little Epicurean

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

I'm always on the hunt for more slow cooker recipes. This is perfect for chilly winter weather!

Renée

Thursday 5th of January 2017

It really is. I'm glad you like it!

Heather | All Roads Lead to the Kitchen

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Mmmm, comfort food at its finest! I love barley and don't think it's used often enough.

Renée

Thursday 5th of January 2017

More barley in 2017!!

Lauren Keating

Wednesday 4th of January 2017

Wow, that soup looks delicious.

Renée

Thursday 5th of January 2017

Thanks, Lauren!