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Simple Chicken And Barley Casserole (Slow Cooker Recipe)

Savour the heartwarming comfort of a home-cooked meal with this Simple Chicken and Barley Casserole, a slow cooker recipe that promises to delight your palate and ease your meal prep worries.

As the barley simmers to perfection, it absorbs the rich flavours of tender chicken pieces and a medley of herbs and spices, creating a harmonious blend that’s both nourishing and satisfying. This dish is a testament to the magic of slow cooking, transforming simple, wholesome ingredients into a sumptuous casserole that’s perfect for busy weeknights, cosy family dinners, or when you simply crave the soothing embrace of a hearty, rustic meal.

chicken and barley stew cooked in the slow cooker

Ingredients

  • 8- 10 Chicken Thigh Fillets
  • 250 g Barley
  • ½ Whole Butternut Squash (chopped and cubed)
  • ½ whole Suede (chopped and cubed)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chicken Stock/Powder
  • 2 litres Hot Water
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 Onion (Finely Chopped)

How to make chicken and barley in the slow cooker

  • For a low-fat version, air fry the chicken thighs for 30 minutes before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Chop the butternut, swede, and onion and add to the slow cooker. Add the barley.
  • Add the chicken stock, tomato puree, chilli sauce, and 1 litre of hot water in a jug. Mix and add to the slow cooker. Add the chicken thighs, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce, and the rest of the water. Turn the slow cooker on to high heat and cook for 6 hours.

Why You’ll Love This Recipe

  • Effortless Preparation: Simply combine the ingredients in your slow cooker and let it do the work for you.
  • Healthy and Wholesome: Packed with lean protein from the chicken and fibre-rich barley, this casserole is nutritious and filling.
  • Comforting and Hearty: This dish is like a warm hug in a bowl, perfect for chilly evenings.
  • Versatile: Easily adaptable with different vegetables or herbs to suit your taste or use what you have on hand.
  • Meal Prep Friendly: Make a big batch and enjoy the leftovers, as this casserole reheats beautifully.
  • Crowd-Pleaser: With its delicious flavours and satisfying texture, it’s a hit with both adults and children.
  • Minimal Cleanup: One pot means less washing up, giving you more time to relax and enjoy your evening.
  • Aromatic and Flavorful: The slow cooking process intensifies the flavours, ensuring every bite is packed with taste.
  • Time-Saving: Free up your day by letting the casserole cook while you’re busy with other tasks.
  • Cost-Effective: Utilizes budget-friendly ingredients that are often already in your pantry, making it an economical choice.
chicken and barley casserole in a slow cooker uk recipe

Simple Slow Cooker Chicken And Barley

Rachel
Hot tender chicken and barley casserole cooked in the slow cooker. Pure comfort food on a cold winter's day.
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Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 6 hours
Course Dinner
Cuisine British
Servings 10
Calories 370 kcal

Equipment

Ingredients
  

  • 10 Chicken Thigh Fillets
  • 250 g Barley
  • ½ Whole Butternut Squash (chopped and cubed)
  • ½ whole Suede (chopped and cubed)
  • 1 tbsp Worcestershire Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Soy Sauce
  • 2 tsp Chili Sauce
  • 1 tbsp Chicken Stock/Powder
  • 2 litres Hot Water
  • 2 tbsp Tomato Puree
  • 1 Onion (Finely Chopped)

Instructions
 

  • For a low-fat version, air fry the chicken thighs for 30 minutes before adding to the slow cooker.
  • Chop the butternut, swede, and onion and add to the slow cooker. Add the barley.
  • In a jug, add the chicken stock, tomato puree, chilli sauce and add 1 litre of hot water. Mix and add to the slow cooker. Add the chicken thighs, Worcestershire sauce, soy sauce the rest of the water. Turn the slow cooker on to high heat and cook for 6 hours.
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Nutrition

Calories: 370kcalCarbohydrates: 27gProtein: 22gFat: 20gSaturated Fat: 5gPolyunsaturated Fat: 4gMonounsaturated Fat: 8gTrans Fat: 0.1gCholesterol: 111mgSodium: 318mgPotassium: 590mgFiber: 6gSugar: 3gVitamin A: 4105IUVitamin C: 14mgCalcium: 56mgIron: 2mg
Keyword Chicken thigh fillets
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