Recipe: Chicken Barley Chili

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Chicken Barley Chili

Serving Size: 10 (1 cup) servings
Prep Time: 10 minutes
Cook Time: 30 minutes


  • 1 (14.5 oz) can Italian diced tomatoes (I used home canned)
  • 1 (16 oz) jar/can Salsa or tomato sauce (use salsa for spicier version)
  • 1 (14.5 oz) chicken broth
  • 1 cup Quaker Quick Barley
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 T. chili powder
  • 1 tsp. cumin
  • 1 (15 oz) can black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 (15 oz) can corn, drained
  • 1 1/2 lbs chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces and boiled (can use canned chicken)
  • cheddar cheese, sour cream, tortilla chips (optional)

chicken barley chili


In a large pot, combine the first 7 ingredients. Bring to a boil, cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Meanwhile boil the chicken in a separate pan. Add bean, corn and chicken to large pot. Increase heat to high until chili comes to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for another 5-10 minutes or until barley is tender. If desired, top with shredded cheese, sour cream, and tortilla chips. Makes a huge batch!

Jodi’s Comments:

This was really good! My kids don’t usually like chili but it was more tomato-y instead of spicy. I used tomato sauce not salsa. I also used my own bottled tomatoes so I think it was a little runnier than was intended. It was more like a thick soup instead of a chili. Now I just want to figure out how to altar the recipe to use regular barley instead of quick barley, since that is what i will be storing. I made a box of corn bread with this as I was short on time, but it would be GREAT with our buttermilk cornbread recipe.

This recipe is modified from one found on the back of a Quaker Quick Barley box.

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