Project Description

Chicken, Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup

Chicken, Vegetable and Pearl Barley Soup is hearty and nourishing. Something for all the family to enjoy.

Servings: 4
Preparation and Cooking Time: 50 minutes


1 1/2 cups (300g) pearl barley
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 red onion, thinly sliced
2 ears corn, cobs removed
3 (330g) chicken thigh fillets, shredded
1.5L chicken stock
1/2 teaspoon dried tarragon leaves
1 bunch silverbeet, shredded
Flat-leaf parsley, to serve


  1. Place pearl barley in a saucepan of cold water. Bring to the boil and simmer for 35 to 40 minutes or until tender. Drain well.
  2. While the pearl barley is simmering, heat olive oil in a large deep frying pan or stockpot. Add onion and corn and cook for five minutes or until soft. Add chicken and cook for a minute or two until coloured. Add chicken stock, dried tarragon leaves and silverbeet, bring to the boil and simmer until the silverbeet has wilted. Add drained pearl barley, season to taste with salt and pepper and simmer for two minutes.
  3. Serve sprinkled with roughly chopped flat-leaf parsley.

Lyndey’s Note: Lentils can be substituted for the pearl barley. Cook according to directions on the packet.

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