Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup

  • Author: Kate Morgan Jackson
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 8 hours
  • Total Time: 8 hours 10 minutes
  • Yield: 6-8 servings 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Slow Cooker and Microwave
  • Cuisine: American


Fill up your slow cooker with chicken, barley, veggies and broth to make this warm and comforting slow cooker chicken barley soup!


  • 1 pound boneless chicken breasts or thighs
  • 5 cups chicken broth (I like the boxed Pacific and Imagine varieties)
  • 1 sweet onion, peeled and chopped
  • 1/2 cup pearled barley
  • 1 tablespoons poultry seasoning
  • 4 carrots, chopped
  • 4 stalks celery, sliced
  • Salt and pepper to taste


  1. Combine everything but carrots, celery, salt and pepper in slow cooker and stir to mix. Cook on low for 8-10 hours.
  2. Remove chicken with slotted spoon, shred into bite-sized pieces with two forks and return to slow cooker.
  3. Put carrots and celery in microwave-safe dish with about 1/8 cup water. Microwave for 4 minutes. Add carrots and celery to soup.
  4. Taste and add salt and pepper as needed.