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Chicken and barley soup recipe

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I love the way you can create a healthy and comforting meal out of the leftovers of another. I have used leftover hot deli chicken to make this soup, but you can also use what’s left of your Sunday roast. You’ll see I have only added in half the vegetables at the beginning – this will give you the flavour, then adding the rest at the end will give you both colour and texture.

  • 1 chicken frame with meat
  • 2.5L water
  • 2 chicken stock pods
  • ¾ cup barley
  • 1 leek, trimmed and finely sliced
  • 1 large carrot, peeled and grated
  • 2 stalks celery, finely sliced
  • Sea salt and cracked pepper
  • ¼ cup parsley, chopped
  1. Place the chicken frame in a large saucepan and add the water. Simmer for 20 minutes. Remove the frame and set aside until cool. Remove the chicken meat.
  2. Add the stock pods, barley and half of the leek, carrot and celery. Simmer all together for 20 minutes.
  3. Return the chicken meat to the pot with the remaining vegetables and simmer a further 10 minutes until the barley is tender. Season to taste and add the parsley just before serving.

Take a look at this smoked ham hock soup recipe here.

About Jo Wilcox

"I have had a love of food my whole life. Lucky for me my mum allowed me to play in the kitchen from the very beginning – from sitting up on the bench watch her peeling peaches for preserving or planning dinner parties from her many Womans Weekly Cookbooks. Starting in my local beach café, I went onto professional cookery training and my big foodie OE working as a professional chef and nanny. At 21 I launched my first restaurant. The following years saw me owning a gourmet cake and dessert shop and then a pasta deli before I discovered the world of food styling. Today I work in food styling making food look beautiful and tasty in packaging and advertising shoots, as well as my most important role yet – Food Editor of New Zealand Woman’s Weekly. I aim to provide great meal solutions that are interesting and approachable, and of course gorgeous foodie photos that make you want to cook them! I love the feedback and the knowledge that people actually cook them and have great results. If I can give someone a love of cooking and enjoying family meal times and gatherings then my job is done!" See

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