You might think of barley as an addition to hearty, wintery soups, such as mushroom-barley or beef-barley soup, but it also works well in lighter soups like this one with chicken, asparagus and peas.

Marie Simmons
Source: EatingWell Magazine, March/April 2009

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Recipe Summary

total:
1 hr 15 mins
Servings:
4
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Ingredients

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Directions

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  • Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat; add onion and celery and cook, stirring, until beginning to soften, 2 to 4 minutes. Grate or finely chop 1 clove garlic; add to the pan and cook, stirring, until fragrant, about 1 minute. Add broth, chicken and barley. Bring to a gentle simmer. Cover and cook over low heat until the chicken is cooked through, about 20 minutes. Transfer the chicken to a plate with a slotted spoon. Return the broth to a simmer and cook until the barley is tender, 20 to 30 minutes.

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  • Meanwhile, shred the chicken or cut into bite-size pieces; discard the bone.

  • When the barley is done, add the chicken, tomatoes and juice, asparagus, peas, salt and a grinding of pepper; return to a simmer. Cover and cook over low heat until the asparagus is tender, about 5 minutes more.

  • Coarsely chop the remaining garlic clove. Gather basil, orange zest and the garlic and finely chop together. Ladle the soup into bowls and sprinkle each serving with a generous pinch of the basil mixture.

Tips

Make Ahead Tip: Prepare through Step 3, cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days. Reheat the soup, thin with broth if desired and finish with Step 4 just before serving.

Nutrition Facts

254 calories; protein 22.4g 45% DV; carbohydrates 29.8g 10% DV; dietary fiber 7g 28% DV; sugars 8g; fat 5.3g 8% DV; saturated fat 1g 5% DV; cholesterol 31.7mg 11% DV; vitamin a iu 1597.9IU 32% DV; vitamin c 30.7mg 51% DV; folate 99.9mcg 25% DV; calcium 67.6mg 7% DV; iron 3mg 17% DV; magnesium 54.9mg 20% DV; potassium 712.1mg 20% DV; sodium 1234.8mg 49% DV; thiamin 0.2mg 24% DV.

Reviews (17)

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17 Ratings
  • 5 star values: 1
  • 4 star values: 15
  • 3 star values: 1
  • 2 star values: 0
  • 1 star values: 0
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
This is one of my favorite soups.....we make it often and the kids love it too. Nutritious easy and healthy! Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
The basil/garlic/orange mixture turned this ok soup into a delicious bowl of healthy and yummy goodness. I also browned some fresh chicken tenders... and cleaned out the veggie drawer. Happy we have some left for tomorrow. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/31/2011
Loved this soup it went together quickly and was a perfect light meal for early summer. Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
03/15/2012
This soup was wonderful! I also added some chopped carrots. I used lemon peel & cilantro for the orange & basil since it is what I had. I added the peel mixture to the pot once it was done rather than the indiviual bowls. Very flavorful! Port Clinton OH Read More
Rating: 5 stars
10/29/2011
Wonderfully fresh taste Aspargus gives this a nice spring taste. I doubled the recipe. My wife & I loved it. Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
Fabulous soup!!!! I added some fresh mushrooms as well as some fresh chopped spinach. I will definitely make this again. Note that the orange peel is the secret ingredient so don't leave it out!!! Jenne St. Louis MO Read More
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Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
this was easy super healthy and delicious heidimotsch Denver CO Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
I made this for dinner tonight and it was a hit even my 3 year old liked it! I used boneless chicken breasts and dried basil just because it's what I had on hand. I agree with the previous poster about it probably not being great leftovers but it is pretty easy to whip up. Cooking time was a little long but mostly unsupervised. Jaime Read More
Rating: 4 stars
10/30/2011
My husband and I loved this! I also added a few green onions green and yellow bell pepper carrots mushrooms and 1 parsnip. The hint of orange was such a nice compliment to the soup. Will definitely be making this again!! Carrie Northern MI Read More