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Chicken Barley Soup

Chicken Barley Soup

Guest post from Brigette Shevy

If you’re looking for a hearty and healthy way to use up some of that leftover Thanksgiving turkey, this recipe is for you! My mom often made this filling soup during the fall and winter months, and I loved how it smelled while simmering on the stove. It’s especially great if you’re feeling a little under the weather. Or when you need to counteract some of those high-fat caloric Thanksgiving foods. Ahem.

Chicken Barley Soup

The original recipe, published in the Taste of Home magazine, calls for a whole chicken. As far as I can remember, my mom always made it that way. If I have leftover cooked chicken or turkey, I use that instead to save me some time in the kitchen.

This soup is very versatile, and you can easily adapt it to whatever you have on hand. Add in some fresh homemade bread or muffins, and you have a satisfying, budget-friendly meal that your family—and waistline—will thank you for!

Chicken Barley Soup

Brigette is a full-time wife and mother who is blessed with three amazing bundles of energy (ages 6, 4, and 2). She enjoys music, experimenting in the kitchen, homeschooling her children, finding great deals, long-distance running, and anything chocolate.

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  • Colleen M says:

    This soups seems like the perfect way to use up my turkey leftovers! Just a quick question: if you use the broth in place of the water, do you still need to use the chicken bouillon cube? I don’t have bouillon cubes and wondered how it would taste without it included in the soup. Thanks so much for all of your great recieps.

    • Kristi says:

      I wondered this, too. I have used other recipes where I substituted broth for water and skipped the bouillon cube. It will decrease the sodium content, of course, but usually broth is salty enough. I agree this recipe sounds delicious!

      • Brigette says:

        I don’t think it’s a huge deal to leave out the bouillon cube. Add extra salt and/or poultry seasoning at the very end if you need to.

  • Looks so delicious and your first picture is gorgeous!

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