Thursday, January 6, 2011

Chicken and Barley Soup

Sometime I crave a simple, wholesome, nothing fancy dinner.  Do you ever feel like that?  You know, the weather is cold and damp and your looking for an easy, comforting dinner to warm you up and fill you up in a healthy, sort of, feeling way. This soup is a great example of that kind of dinner. It's pretty quick and easy to make and it tastes homey and very comforting.  The chicken and barley go together really well and it's a unexpected change from the more common combos of chicken and noodle soup or beef and barley soup.  I really liked the addition of vermouth.  It gives the soup a little extra spunk while keeping it's homey personality. 

I brined and roasted a chicken for this soup but you can always take a short cut and buy a roasted chicken from the market.  It would also be great with 4-6 poached chicken breasts.
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  1. With winter in high swing, I am definitely gonna want seconds of this soup! It looks delicious. I love that you included pearl barley in here. I love the chewiness of that stuff.

  2. We love hearty soups for the winter months...even here in Florida! I made the red velvet cupcakes for my hubby's birthday a couple of weeks ago! OH MY...they were SO good! Thanks for the great recipe...and yes, I added extra cocoa! Great tip! ♥

  3. I know exactly what you mean and this totally foots the bill

  4. Oh how this looks so good! We love soup anytime of the year, and especially barley and farro rule in my house!

  5. Lavender Dreams,
    I'm so glad like the red velvet cupcakes. Thanks so much for letting me know you made them.
    xoxox Kathleen

  6. mmmm, i love a good hearty soup, this looks delicious!

  7. Mmmmmm!!! Looks delish!

    Hi! Stopping by from MBC. Great blog.

    Have a nice day!

  8. Happy New Year Kathleen! I love barley, but have mainly used it in beef based soups and stews. This sounds wonderful though and perfect to knock the chill out of my bones!

  9. That sounds delicious. I'd like to try this especially with the vermouth.

  10. Heck, I'd get sick just to be fed some of this delicious looking soup. I need to go catch a cold!

  11. We are about to get an arctic cold front here in Texas, and I think a bowl of soup will be needed! This chicken and barley soup sounds delicious. Thank you for sharing this with me. I hope your weekend bursts forth in hope and joy!

  12. I love this type of soup this time of year! This looks great and can't wait for the opportunity to make it!

  13. Yes, right about now I am craving a wholesome and simple dinner. Your soup sounds perfect. Interesting that it has hot sauce and vermouth. Definitely gotta try this one, sounds great:)

  14. Oh yum! How perfect for a chilly night!

  15. Yum! I love that you brined and roasted a chicken for this! I know that added a tremendous amount of flavor to the dish.

  16. Goodness! I love Barley soups -- this looks fantastic.

  17. Mmm I had homemade soup for lunch too so I'm totally with you on this!

  18. Hmmmm - this has delicious and comfort written all over it!

  19. This looks good, from a children author of Concord, Ca.

  20. This soup looks one I make, but even more delicious!

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