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Southwestern Chicken Barley Soup

Way too easy and if you live alone like me, there will be lots of leftovers to share with friends or to refrigerate and/or freeze for the future. The market I usually shop at doesn't carry pearl barley but I found it at the health food store a couple of doors away.



  • 1/4 cup extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 small onion, chopped
  • 1/2 bell pepper, chopped
  • 1 tsp. minced garlic
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can chicken broth
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) can white kernel corn, drained
  • 1 (15.25 oz.) can garbanzo beans, rinsed and drained
  • 1 (15 oz.) can tomato sauce
  • 1 (14.5 oz.) can fire roasted diced tomatoes, not drained
  • 1 (4 oz.) can chopped green chilies, drained
  • 1/2 cup dry pearl barley
  • 1 Tbsp. chili powder
  • 1/2 tsp. ground cumin
  • 3 cups cubed or shredded cooked chicken


Heat olive oil in a large pot and saute' onion, bell pepper and garlic until tender. Add all other ingredients except for the chicken and bring to a boil. Reduce heat. Cover and simmer stirring occasionally for about 45 minutes.


Add chicken and cook 15 minutes longer.

By Deeli from Richland, WA

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May 14, 20100 found this helpful

This soup sounds so yummy, I cant wait to try it!

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