Chicken Vegetable Soup

Barley adds texture, flavor and a healthy dose of fiber to this chicken vegetable soup recipe.

Prep Time:
45 mins
Additional Time:
15 mins
Total Time:
1 hr
8 servings


  • 2 pounds skinless, boneless chicken breast halves, cut into bite-size pieces

  • 1 teaspoon poultry seasoning

  • 2 tablespoons olive oil

  • 1 ½ cups chopped fresh mushrooms

  • 1 cup chopped carrot

  • ½ cup chopped onion

  • ½ cup chopped green sweet pepper

  • 4 cloves garlic, minced

  • 2 tablespoons snipped fresh basil or 2 teaspoons dried basil, crushed

  • 1 tablespoon snipped fresh parsley or 1 teaspoon dried parsley, crushed

  • ¼ teaspoon ground black pepper

  • teaspoon salt

  • 6 cups water

  • 2 tablespoons chicken bouillon granules

  • 1 pound potatoes, cut into 1-inch pieces (about 2-3/4 cups)

  • ½ cup quick-cooking barley


  1. In a medium bowl, toss chicken breast pieces with the poultry seasoning; set aside.

  2. In a 5- to 6-quart Dutch oven, heat 1 tablespoon of the oil over medium heat. Add mushrooms, carrot, onion, sweet pepper, garlic, dried basil and parsley (if using), black pepper, and salt; cook for 10 minutes, stirring occasionally. Remove vegetables from Dutch oven; set aside.

  3. Add the remaining 1 tablespoon oil to the Dutch oven; heat over medium heat. Add chicken pieces; cook about 5 minutes or until browned, stirring occasionally. Return vegetables to Dutch oven. Stir in the water and chicken bouillon granules. Bring to boiling; stir in potatoes and barley. Return to boiling; reduce heat. Cover and simmer about 15 minutes or until potatoes are tender. Stir in fresh basil and parsley (if using).

    Chicken Vegetable Soup
    Photography / Kelsey Hansen, Styling / Sammy Mila

Nutrition Facts (per serving)

249 Calories
5g Fat
20g Carbs
29g Protein
Nutrition Facts
Servings Per Recipe 8
Serving Size 1 1/2 cups
Calories 249
% Daily Value *
Total Carbohydrate 20g 7%
Dietary Fiber 3g 10%
Total Sugars 3g
Protein 29g 59%
Total Fat 5g 6%
Saturated Fat 1g 4%
Cholesterol 66mg 22%
Vitamin A 2686IU 54%
Vitamin C 22mg 24%
Folate 14mcg 3%
Sodium 705mg 31%
Calcium 36mg 3%
Iron 2mg 9%
Magnesium 50mg 12%
Potassium 666mg 14%

Nutrition information is calculated by a registered dietitian using an ingredient database but should be considered an estimate.

* Daily Values (DVs) are the recommended amounts of nutrients to consume each day. Percent Daily Value (%DV) found on nutrition labels tells you how much a serving of a particular food or recipe contributes to each of those total recommended amounts. Per the Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the daily value is based on a standard 2,000 calorie diet. Depending on your calorie needs or if you have a health condition, you may need more or less of particular nutrients. (For example, it’s recommended that people following a heart-healthy diet eat less sodium on a daily basis compared to those following a standard diet.)

(-) Information is not currently available for this nutrient. If you are following a special diet for medical reasons, be sure to consult with your primary care provider or a registered dietitian to better understand your personal nutrition needs.

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