Tuesday, February 18, 2014

Chicken Vegetable Barley Soup

While I try to prepare most of our meals from scratch, or as close to scratch as possible, I do cheat a bit when it comes to chicken.  Each week, we purchase a rotisserie chicken when we buy our groceries. Although, I have found the perfect way to cook a whole chicken, sometimes it's just easier to pick up one that's already prepared.  Not only does the rotisserie chicken make a great "home cooked" meal when served with a big bowl of Cauliflower Mashed Potatoes and some steamed veggies, I love having the leftovers in the fridge.  Perfect to have on hand to add some protein to a leafy salad or to add to soups or pot pies.

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Over the weekend, I made some homemade chicken stock using the bones from 2 rotisserie chickens.  One was still pretty meaty and the other was picked over really well!  When the broth was made and about 2 cups of chicken set aside, it was time for soup!  Good timing too since I was starting to feel a bit under the weather...and with the weather we've been experiencing, it's no wonder!

Since we've already had a few pots of chicken noodle soup so far this winter, I decided to try a soup loaded with veggies and some barley.

Chicken Vegetable Barley Soup

  • 3 ribs celery, chopped
  • 1 onion, chopped 
  • 1 cup baby carrots, chopped 
  • 3 potatoes, diced 
  • 2 cups rotisserie chicken, chopped
  • 9 cups chicken stock (I used homemade) 
  • 3 cups water 
  • 2 bouillon cubes (optional) 
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1/2 tsp. black pepper
  • 1/2 tsp. salt 
  • 1 tsp. 21 Season Salute 
  • 1 cup cut green beans
  • 1 cup corn
  • 1 cup peas
  • 1/2 cup barley 

  • I started with partially cooked veggies.  Just steamed for a little while to soften them up a bit.  You could steam them in just a little bit of water or even some of your chicken broth/stock.  
  • To your veggies, add the remaining ingredients.  
  • Bring to boil.  Cover and reduce heat.  
  • Simmer for about 30-40 minutes until barley is tender.  
  • Remove bay leaf and serve.  

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1 comment:

Susie@homemaker-mom.com said...

Wow this really does look great. I totally agree about picking up a rotisserie chicken!! I do that sometimes myself! :-) I am stopping by from Sarah's homemaking party blog hop. I look forward to your visit soon at homemaker-mom.com! Have an awesome weekend!

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