Slow-Cooker Chicken-Barley Stew

Come home to this slow-cooked chicken and barley stew recipe that’s made using Progresso® chicken broth and veggies.

  • Prep Time 15 min
  • Total Time 8 hr 30 min
  • Servings 6

3
large carrots, sliced (2 cups)
2
medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
1
large onion, chopped (1 cup)
2
bone-in chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb), skin removed
3
cups water
2
cups Progresso™ chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
3/4
cup uncooked medium pearled barley
1/4
teaspoon pepper
1
can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
2
tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
1
teaspoon dried thyme leaves

  • 1 In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, place carrots, celery and onion. Place chicken breasts on vegetables. Add remaining ingredients except parsley and thyme.
  • 2 Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours.
  • 3 Remove chicken from cooker; place on cutting board. Remove meat from bones and chop into 1/2- to 1-inch pieces; discard bones.
  • 4 Stir chicken, parsley and thyme into stew. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 10 to 15 minutes longer or until chicken is thoroughly heated.

Expert Tips

Barley is loaded with fiber—the soluble kind that helps to lower blood cholesterol. If you're trying to add more fiber to your diet start slowly so your body can get used to it.

Try a can of seasoned diced tomatoes which includes Italian herbs or roasted garlic, for an additional boost of flavor.

This hearty stew pairs beautifully with any mixed greens and crusty whole-grain rolls.

Nutrition Information

NUTRITION INFORMATION PER SERVING

Serving Size: 1 Serving
Calories
220
(
Calories from Fat
25),
% Daily Value
Total Fat
2 1/2g
2 1/2%
(Saturated Fat
1/2g,
1/2%
Trans Fat
0g
0%
),
Cholesterol
40mg
40%;
Sodium
470mg
470%;
Total Carbohydrate
30g
30%
(Dietary Fiber
6g
6%
  Sugars
6g
6%
),
Protein
19g
19%
;
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
140%;
Vitamin C
10%;
Calcium
8%;
Iron
15%;
Exchanges:
1 1/2 Starch; 0 Fruit; 0 Other Carbohydrate; 0 Skim Milk; 0 Low-Fat Milk; 0 Milk; 2 Vegetable; 1 1/2 Very Lean Meat; 0 Lean Meat; 0 High-Fat Meat; 0 Fat;
Carbohydrate Choices:
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.