This is a lovely light, healthy stew packed with veg & perfect for the warmer weather. Pearl Barely is a good source of Potassium, folate & Vitamin B6 plus it's low in cholesterol which are all ingredients for a healthy heart!
I have used skin on, bone in thighs but you can use skinless &/or boneless if you prefer.
Serves 4 Approx 93p per serving
Prep time 15 mins Cooking time 50 mins
8 chicken thighs, however you like them i.e skin on &/or bone in
75g pearl barley, rinsed
2 sticks celery, diced
75g frozen peas
1 head of little gem lettuce, stalks removed & leaves roughly shredded
1 onion, chopped
500ml chicken stock
1 tsp each of dried parsley & thyme (or use fresh if you have them, just add towards the end)
salt & pepper
Heat about 1 tbsp oil in a large frying pan over medium heat.
Add the chicken, skin side down & cook for about 5 minutes until golden.
Set aside on some kitchen paper.
Add a little more oil to the pan if needed then add the onion & celery. Cook until starting to soften then add the herbs & barley. Cook for another minute stirring all the time.
Pour in the stock, season & simmer for 20 minutes.
Add the lettuce, peas & chicken & simmer for another 30 minutes.
Serve with crusty bread if you like but it's good as it is!