Hearty Chicken and Barley Chili Recipe

A hearty bowl of chiken and barley chili recipe

The weather has turned chilly, and if you are like me, you are craving a warm and comforting meal. Look no further than this hearty chicken and barley chili. This recipe has healthy ingredients and flavor and will surely become a family favorite. Whether serving it as a main course or a satisfying side, this soup is a delicious way to warm up on blustery days. 

Let’s dive right into the recipe.

Chicken and Barley Chili Ingredients:

  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) diced tomatoes, undrained
  • 1 can (16 oz.) tomato sauce
  • 1 can (14 1/2 oz.) chicken broth
  • 1 cup barley
  • 4 cups water
  • 1 teaspoon chili powder (adjust to your spice preference)
  • 1 teaspoon cumin
  • 1 can (15 oz.) black beans, drained and rinsed
  • 1 can (15 1/4 oz.) corn, undrained
  • 3 cups cooked chicken breast, cut into bite-sized pieces


Step 1: Combine the Ingredients

  • In a large 6-quart saucepan, begin by combining the first seven ingredients: diced tomatoes, tomato sauce, chicken broth, barley, water, chili powder, and cumin and stir until well combined.

Step 2: Simmer and Cook the Barley

  • Place the saucepan over medium-high heat and bring the mixture to a boil. When it begins boiling, reduce the heat to low and let it simmer for about 40 minutes, while stirring occasionally. This will allow the barley to cook and absorb the delicious flavors of the soup.

Step 3: Add the Protein and Veggies

  • After 40 minutes of simmering, it’s time to enhance the flavors. Begin by adding the drained and rinsed black beans, followed by the can of corn (undrained) and the cooked chicken breast pieces to the soup. Next, stir everything together until it’s well blended

Step 4: Simmer and Adjust Consistency

  • Bring the pot back to a boil and reduce the heat to low. Cover the saucepan and let it simmer for an additional 5 minutes. This step allows the added ingredients to meld with the rest of the flavors.
  • If you find the chili too thick, adjust the consistency by adding more chicken broth or water. This will depend on your personal preference, so don’t hesitate to customize it.

Step 5: Serve and Garnish

  • Your hearty chicken and barley chili is now ready to be enjoyed! Ladle it into bowls and consider garnishing it with shredded Cheddar cheese and a dollop of sour cream for extra flavor and creaminess.

Final Thoughts:

This chicken and barley chili is delicious and nutritious. It’s filled with fiber-rich barley, protein-packed chicken, and the goodness of tomatoes, beans, and corn. The blend of spices, including chili powder and cumin, adds a delightful kick, making it perfect for those looking for warmth and comfort in a bowl.

Prepare a big batch of this recipe, and subsequently, store it in the fridge or freezer for a quick and satisfying meal whenever you need it. Whether you enjoy it on a cozy evening at home or choose to bring it to a potluck dinner, this recipe will undoubtedly be a hit. So, gather your ingredients, and without delay, try this chicken and barley chili – your taste buds will thank you

For another comforting recipe, visit Compass Cuisine for the ideal Amish Potato Soup recipe.

A special thank you to Lehmans for providing this delicious recipe.

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