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One Pot Chicken Barley Soup Recipe
5 from 1 vote

One Pot Chicken Barley Soup

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
50 mins
Total Time
1 hr

Easy chicken barley soup recipe, homemade with simple ingredients in one pot over stovetop in one hour. Loaded with veggies, shredded chicken, Italian spices.

Servings: 6 People
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: homemade soup
Calories: 322 kcal


  • 1 tbsp Butter Unsalted
  • 1 tbsp Oil
  • 1 cup Onion Finely chopped
  • 2 cloves Garlic Finely minced
  • 1 cup Carrots Peeled, Diced
  • 1/2 cup Celery Sliced
  • 8 cups Chicken broth Low sodium
  • 1 can Crushed tomatoes 14.5 oz. can, Or diced tomatoes or even tomato sauce
  • 3/4 cup Pearl barley
  • 2.5 cups Cooked chicken Shredded rotisserie chicken or diced rotisserie chicken
  • 1/3 cup Corn Frozen
  • 1/3 cup Peas Frozen
  • 1 Potato Optional, Large size,Peeled, Diced, Cut into 1 inch cubes, I didn't add it this time
  • 1.5 tbsp Italian seasoning
  • Salt To taste
  • Pepper To taste
  • 1 Bay leaf
  • 1-2 tbsp Parsley Fresh, Roughly chopped, For garnish


  1. Heat butter and oil in a large nonstick pot over medium heat.

  2. Add onion, garlic and cook until onion becomes slightly softened and garlic becomes fragrant. Takes about 3-4 minutes.

  3. Add carrots, celery and saute for another 1 minute.

  4. Add broth, crushed tomatoes, barley, shredded or diced chicken, corn, peas, potato, Italian seasoning, salt, pepper, bay leaf.

    If you re worried about the peas and corn becoming too soft and "mushy", don't add them now. Instead, add them in the final 15-20 mins of cooking.

  5. Mix everything together and bring to a boil.

  6. Let it simmer uncovered for 50 minutes or until barley is cooked through and tender. If the soup starts to get too thick, you can mix in some more broth or water. If it's too thin, continue cooking uncovered for a bit longer until liquid is reduced.

  7. Discard bay leaf.

  8. Garnish with fresh parsley and enjoy!

Recipe Notes

  • Read all my tips above.
  • Leftovers can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge for up to 3 days and reheated in the microwave or stovetop. Additional broth will need to be added to thin out the soup again. 
Nutrition Facts
One Pot Chicken Barley Soup
Amount Per Serving
Calories 322 Calories from Fat 90
% Daily Value*
Fat 10g15%
Saturated Fat 3g15%
Cholesterol 49mg16%
Sodium 1328mg55%
Potassium 985mg28%
Carbohydrates 39g13%
Fiber 8g32%
Sugar 6g7%
Protein 22g44%
Vitamin A 3991IU80%
Vitamin C 41mg50%
Calcium 107mg11%
Iron 5mg28%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.