Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup

Mmmmm, The cold temps are here and I was looking for a soup to warm up! Here's a fabulous recipe that I found from and it was super easy to put together and delicious.

Okay so tell me who here doesn't love a good slow cooker recipe?

    I know I do and hello?, it makes cooking so much easier!
I also know how good the grain barley is for us but I have been having a hard time finding recipes that I like that include it as an ingredient. Well now I have one that satisfies my taste buds.
32 oz low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
1 tablespoon garlic, minced
1 teaspoon sea salt
1/2 tablespoon thyme
1/2 tablespoon basil
1/2 tablespoon cilantro
1/4 tablespoon dill
2 bay leaves
1/2 tablespoon fresh ground black pepper
12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed (uncooked)
1/2 cup uncooked black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked through
1/2 cup barley
1 medium sweet onion, cubed
20 oz potatoes, peeled and cubed
10 oz carrots (3 large), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
Fill a slow cooker with broth, 8 oz water, garlic, herbs and pepper. Add chicken, peas and barley, then layer onion, potatoes and carrots over top. Liquid should just cover vegetables. Do not stir.
Cook on low for 4 to 6 hours. Remove bay leaves and stir before serving.
Nutrients per serving
(1 cup chicken barley soup):
Calories: 230, Total Fat: 2.5 g, Sat. Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 3 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 21 g, Sodium: 240 mg, Cholesterol: 40 mg

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