Slow-Cooker Chicken and Barley Risotto with Edamame

Slow-Cooker Chicken and Barley Risotto with Edamame

“Time-consuming” come to mind when you hear “risotto?” Not with this simple slow cooker recipe of chicken breasts, barley and green soybeans. Make it your way with the easy variation below.

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1 1/4
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
medium onions, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 1/4
cups uncooked pearl barley
cup shredded carrot
cloves garlic, finely chopped
teaspoon salt
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
carton (32 oz) Progresso® chicken broth (4 cups)
cup Cascadian Farm® organic frozen shelled edamame (from 10-oz bag), thawed
cup shredded Parmesan cheese (2 oz)
  1. Spray 4- to 5-quart slow cooker with cooking spray. In slow cooker, mix chicken, onions, barley, carrot, garlic, salt, thyme and 3 cups of the broth.
  2. Cover; cook on Low heat setting 4 to 5 hours.
  3. In 2-cup microwavable measuring cup, microwave remaining 1 cup broth uncovered on High 2 to 3 minutes or until boiling. Stir thawed edamame and boiling broth into chicken mixture in slow cooker.
  4. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 25 to 30 minutes longer or until edamame are tender. Stir in cheese.
Makes 9 servings
Make the Most of This Recipe With Tips From The Betty Crocker® Kitchens
Recipe Variation Vegetarian Barley Risotto with Edamame: Omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth in this health-packed recipe.
Complete the meal with a colorful salad using a variety of greens of different colors and textures.

Nutrition Information:

1 Serving (1 Serving (About 1 Cup))
  • Calories 250
    • (Calories from Fat 50),
  • Total Fat 6g
    • (Saturated Fat 2g,
    • Trans Fat 0g),
  • Cholesterol 45mg;
  • Sodium 690mg;
  • Total Carbohydrate 27g
    • (Dietary Fiber 6g,
    • Sugars 2g),
  • Protein 23g;
Percent Daily Value*:
    • 1 1/2 Starch;
    • 0 Fruit;
    • 0 Other Carbohydrate;
    • 0 Skim Milk;
    • 0 Low-Fat Milk;
    • 0 Milk;
    • 1 Vegetable;
    • 0 Very Lean Meat;
    • 2 Lean Meat;
    • 0 High-Fat Meat;
    • 0 Fat;
    Carbohydrate Choices:
    • 2;
    *Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.