Thursday, January 26, 2012

Rotisserie Chicken & Barley Soup

There is a certain level of comfort in a bowl of Chicken Soup, especially when it is homemade. Could it be the richness of the broth? Shredded pieces of chicken? Dense noodles? Or perhaps, just the satisfaction and comfort it brings with each spoonful? I believe it is all of the above.

I am sure most of you have heard of the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” books. They are real stories from real people who share inspiration; bring hope, courage and love, to folks around the world. There is a book for almost any audience and topic. Just like a hot bowl of homemade chicken soup, these books bring great comfort.

Chicken soup typically puts a smile on your face and warms the soul. While growing up, my mother would always tell us – “think positive, not negative” and “if you don’t have anything nice to say, then don’t say anything at all”. She taught us that we were independent and being positive would get you much further in life, than the opposite. As I journey through life, I take the opportunities and challenges as lessons I learn. Each lesson makes me stronger along with continuing to be very comfortable in my own skin, plus that comes with age and our own unique experiences.

If you follow me on Pinterest, you know that I pin quite a few inspirational quotes and/or thoughts. They are wonderful for new ideas, ways to think differently along with being motivational and giving encouragement to get to the next level on this journey called life. I wanted to share a few of my favorites and hope that they inspire you too:

Rotisserie Chicken & Barley Soup

1 Large onion, diced small
6 Large carrots, peeled and cut into coins
7 Celery stalks, trimmed and sliced into pieces
1 Rotisserie Chicken, remove both white and dark meat, shred
9 C. Chicken Stock
¾ C. Barley
Salt and Pepper to taste
Olive oil

In a large pot, add about 2 tablespoons of olive oil and heat on medium for a few minutes. Add the onions, celery and carrots to the pot. Sauté for about 15 minutes until somewhat soft. Season with salt and pepper. Add the chicken stock, shredded chicken and barley to the pot. Turn on medium to high heat until slightly bubbling. Turn down the heat to simmer and let cook for one hour. The barley will cook all the way through along with the flavors developing. Taste along the way to see if you need to add more salt or pepper. Relish in the comfort of a piping hot bowl of homemade chicken soup!


  1. This soup looks really comforting and I love pearl barley in soups and stews too.

  2. WOW - this looks simple and tasty all at the same time. Love the photos!!

  3. This sounds great! I just bought some barley yesterday while I was out shopping! I love the saying!

  4. This soup looks delicious! I wish I had a bowl right now.

    I love the quotes, by the way. They're quite inspirational.

  5. Everyone always writes how wonderful it sounds. I cooked it tonight -because I needed something comforting. And it fit the bill... My kids had at least 2 bowls! Great recipe.


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