Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Stew

Get out your slow cooker and try the easy, clean and comforting recipe that helped one of our readers shed 200 pounds!

Photo: Joanne Tsakos

By Zan Ryan

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

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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