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.

  • Prep Time 25 min
  • Total Time 4 hr 50 min
  • Servings 9

Ingredients

1 1/4
lb boneless skinless chicken breasts, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
3
medium onions, chopped (1 1/2 cups)
1 1/4
cups uncooked pearl barley
1/2
cup shredded carrot
2
cloves garlic, finely chopped
1/2
teaspoon salt
1/2
teaspoon dried thyme leaves
1
carton (32 oz) Progresso™ chicken broth (4 cups)
1
cup Cascadian Farm® organic frozen shelled edamame (from 10-oz bag), thawed
1/2
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.

Expert Tips

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

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving (About 1 Cup)
Calories
250
(
Calories from Fat
50),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
6g
6%
(Saturated Fat
2g,
2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
45mg
45%;
Sodium
690mg
690%;
Total Carbohydrate
27g
27%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
2g
2%
),
Protein
23g
23%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%;
Vitamin C
4%;
Calcium
10%;
Iron
10%;
Exchanges:
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.