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Slow-Cooker Chicken and Barley Risotto with Edamame

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Slow-Cooker Chicken and Barley Risotto with Edamame
  • Prep 25 min
  • Total 4 hr 50 min
  • Servings 9
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“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.
Updated Dec 5, 2012

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)
Make With
Make With
Progresso Broth

Steps

  • 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.

Tips from the Betty Crocker Kitchens

  • tip 1
    Recipe Variation Vegetarian Barley Risotto with Edamame: Omit the chicken and use vegetable broth instead of chicken broth in this health-packed recipe.
  • tip 2
    Complete the meal with a colorful salad using a variety of greens of different colors and textures.

Nutrition

250 Calories, 6g Total Fat, 23g Protein, 27g Total Carbohydrate, 2g Sugars

Nutrition Facts

Serving Size: 1 Serving (About 1 Cup)
Calories
250
Calories from Fat
50
Total Fat
6g
8%
Saturated Fat
2g
9%
Trans Fat
0g
Cholesterol
45mg
15%
Sodium
690mg
29%
Potassium
420mg
12%
Total Carbohydrate
27g
9%
Dietary Fiber
6g
24%
Sugars
2g
Protein
23g
% Daily Value*:
Vitamin A
20%
20%
Vitamin C
4%
4%
Calcium
10%
10%
Iron
10%
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 Choice
2
*Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
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