Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Stew

Get out your crock pot and try the easy, clean and comforting slow cooker chicken barley stew that helped one of our readers shed 200 pounds!
Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Stew

Photo: Joanne Tsakos

By Zan Ryan

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Serves: 8


  • 32 oz low-fat, low-sodium chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp garlic, minced
  • 1 tsp garlic sea salt
  • 1/2 tbsp thyme
  • 1/2 tbsp basil
  • 1/2 tbsp cilantro
  • 1/4 tbsp dill
  • 2 bay leaves
  • 1/2 tbsp fresh ground black pepper
  • 12 oz boneless, skinless chicken breast, cubed (uncooked)
  • 1/2 cup uncooked black-eyed peas, rinsed and picked through
  • 1/2 cup barley
  • 1 medium sweet onion, cubed
  • 20 oz potatoes, peeled and cubed
  • 10 oz carrots (3 large), peeled and cut into 1/2-inch slices
  • 8 tbsp low-fat sour cream (optional)


  1. Fill a slow cooker with broth, 8 oz water, garlic, herbs and pepper. Add chicken, peas and barley, then layer onion, potatoes and carrots overtop. Liquid should just cover vegetables. Do not stir.
  2. Allow to simmer overnight, at least 4 to 6 hours. Remove bay leaves and stir before serving. Spoon 1 cup into each bowl and top with 1 tbsp sour cream, if desired.

Nutrients per serving (1 cup chicken barley stew without sour cream): Calories: 230, Total Fat: 2.5 g, Sat. Fat: 0.5 g, Carbs: 3 g, Fiber: 5 g, Sugars: 4 g, Protein: 21 g, Sodium: 240 mg, Cholesterol: 40 mg

Make Your Own Chicken Broth

Reader Recipe Tester:
Zan Raynor
Rogers, Arkansas
“A year-and-a-half ago, I was waddling around the block to get a little exercise. Now I jog three miles a day. Last winter I wore a size 34 and now I shop for a size 10. I’ve been dieting all my life and nothing ever stuck, but changing my lifestyle to include clean-eating food choices and exercise has truly given me my life back.”

  • 2hot2touch

    There is a mistake in the nutritional information.The carbs should read 30 grams per serving not 3 grams, otherwise the calorie count taking into account protein, fat and carbohydrates does not add up properly.

    • MidwestGal


  • D C

    Kick ass Zan. Keep it up.

  • Angela Bowen Warm

    Does simmer mean hi or low setting on the slow cooker?

  • kate

    If I simmer this over night, does it also need to cook all day? What is the total cooking time?

  • MidwestGal

    Confused on the carbs. It says 3 grams, but yet there are 4 grams of sugars and 5 grams of fiber? That is 9 grams of carbs right there. Doing the caloric math, there should be over 30 grams of carbs in this recipe.



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