Chicken and Barley Soup

Published November 17, 2014. Updated March 6, 2020

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Chicken Barley Soup – a hearty, easy to make soup loaded with barley, chicken and veggies that’s sure to satisfy!

Chicken and Barley Soup | Cooking ClassyIf you are looking to add more healthy foods to your diet, here is a great alternative to chicken noodle soup that taste just as good but is a healthier option. The traditional egg noodles found most chicken noodle soups don’t have much nutrition but barley on the other hand is perfectly good for you.

I make chicken noodle soup at my house almost every week lately so it’s nice to have something I can rotate it with. I will likely even find myself making this more than the traditional chicken noodle soup. I love the texture the barely adds and how filling it makes this soup.

This would also be a great recipe to have on hand next week when you have an abundance of leftover turkey from Thanksgiving.

Enjoy and stay warm!

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Chicken and Barley Soup

A deliciously hearty soup filled with lean chicken and nutritious barely and veggies. 
Servings: 6
Prep15 minutes
Cook1 hour 10 minutes
Ready in: 1 hour 25 minutes



  • Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat. Add carrots, celery and onion and saute 3 - 4 minutes, add garlic and saute 30 seconds longer.
  • Stir in chicken broth, barely, bay leaves, sage, rosemary, thyme, marjoram and season with salt and pepper to taste. Bring mixture to a boil then reduce heat to low, cover and simmer until barely is tender, about 50 - 60 minutes.
  • Stir in chicken, parsley and lemon juice and serve warm. As soup rests the barely will absorb more liquid so add more chicken broth to thin as desired.
Nutrition Facts
Chicken and Barley Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 335 Calories from Fat 81
% Daily Value*
Fat 9g14%
Saturated Fat 2g13%
Cholesterol 85mg28%
Sodium 286mg12%
Potassium 932mg27%
Carbohydrates 28g9%
Fiber 6g25%
Sugar 4g4%
Protein 28g56%
Vitamin A 5710IU114%
Vitamin C 12mg15%
Calcium 68mg7%
Iron 2mg11%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
Nutrition values are estimates only. See full disclaimer here.