Heat oil in a medium saucepan over medium heat. Add barley and cook, stirring occasionally, until golden and toasted, about 5 minutes. Add garlic and cook, stirring, for 1 minute more. Pour in broth and bring to a boil. Add orzo and thyme. Stir once, reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 10 minutes. Remove from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes to absorb any remaining liquid. Stir in chives (or scallion greens) and season with salt and pepper.
229 calories;2 g fat(0 g sat); 5 g fiber; 45 g carbohydrates; 9 g protein; 8 mcg folate; 0 mg cholesterol; 1 g sugars; 0 g added sugars; 160 IU vitamin A; 4 mg vitamin C; 11 mg calcium; 1 mg iron; 420 mg sodium; 269 mg potassium