Chicken & Barley Stew

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 just as it is!

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