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May 7, 2012

Chicken Barley Soup

Most people love soup in the fall and winter. I love soup all year long. There is something incredibly comforting about eating a warm bowl of soup and it's perfect accompanied by a delicious loaf of homemade bread. My oldest son will go through weeks of picky eating where he will refuse to eat anything except homemade soup. I thought that I could trick him one week by serving canned soup, he guessed it right away and asked what was wrong with the soup that I was serving him. He's such a soup fan that for his birthday this year I told him he could have any meal that he wanted, he chose my homemade chicken noodle soup and whole-wheat bread. I love that child! So as you can guess we eat soup throughout the year, even when the heat goes up. Recently, Everyday Food Magazine had a recipe for Chicken Barley Soup which promised 7 grams of fat and 27 grams of protein all in under 45 minutes of total time.

This recipe has 11 ingredients. It takes 45 minutes of total cooking and prep, 25 minutes of which is active and makes 4 servings. I had no problems finding any of the ingredients at my local grocery store and made no ingredient modifications. As I always do with soup recipes I used homemade chicken-stock. I feel that the taste is better and it allows me to control the amount of salt in my recipes. I wasn't sure how large my sprigs of thyme should be so I used a medium amount so there was flavor, but not overboard. Make sure to adequately salt the soup, since I don't salt my stock it took a decent amount of salt to fully flavor. I followed the remainder of the recipe as written.

The flavor of this soup was delicious after it was salted fully. However, both my husband and I found that the chicken was almost unnecessary. The taste of the barley and spinach was more than enough to make the soup balanced and the chicken was just kind of there. I think that I made this recipe again I would make it without the chicken. I bet it would also be delicious made with vegetable stock if you are vegetarian or looking for a new meatless recipe. My main advice with this recipe is to make sure to add adequately salt. So many people think that a recipe doesn't have enough flavor because they have under-salted the dish, don't skimp on the salt in homemade soup. I promise even if you add what you think is a large amount of salt it is still far less than sodium than canned soup.

For the recipe go to Chicken Barley Soup.

14 comments:

  1. How cool that your eldest likes soup that much! After reading what you thought of the recipe, I think I'll give it a go without the chicken. I have a vegetarian friend coming over in a couple of weeks and I'll try it out on her! Thanks, Frugal!

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    1. I think it will work great as a vegetarian dish, I make veggie soups a lot and love them! The barley in this soup is particularly delicious, yum!

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    2. You were right! This worked great as a vegetarian soup and my friend really enjoyed it. Especially the barley! :)

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    3. I'm glad that it turned out and that your friend enjoyed it so much! I love making veggie soups!

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  2. wow...looks delicious & so inviting..I love this..;)
    Tasty Appetite

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    1. Thanks :) The taste really was great and it was very easy!

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  3. Hi there, just stopping by to say how delightful your blog is. Thanks so much for sharing. I have recently found your blog and am now following you, and will visit often. Please stop by my blog and perhaps you would like to follow me also. Have a wonderful day. Hugs, Chris
    http://chelencarter-retiredandlovingit.blogspot.ca/

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    1. Thanks for the sweet comments :) I am following you back now, I hope you come back again aoon!

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  4. This soup sounds like a keeper! Following from a blog hop from MBC and hope you will return the favor please:) Thank you.

    http://kngmckellar-glorias.blogspot.com/

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    1. It really was delicious! Thanks for the follow, I already follow you :)

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  5. Good review of the soup. I like it when folks are honest and say what they could do without after a recipe has been tasted.

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    1. I try to be as honest as I can in my reviews, there are many recipes that just don't work out for me and I try to share my opinions with my readers!

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  6. I am always looking for new soup recipes. Thanks! That looks so yummy! Found you on Thoughtful Thursday blog.

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    1. I hope you like the recipe if you try it!

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