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Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup comes together easily in your crock pot and is healthy, hearty and delicious.

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup comes together easily in your crock pot and is healthy, hearty and delicious.

So for the last few weeks we’ve been hearing a lot of bird chirping and singing throughout the house. At first I just thought there were some loud birds hanging around outside the windows but I am pretty sure they are nested up at the top of our chimney. Some mornings they are seriously having a party up there. Bird noises fill up and and echo through the house and I have to say…I’ve been kind of liking it. It makes our home feel a little Nature Channel-ish but also very Disney-movie like. It’s keeping things interesting around here.

On a slightly more serious note, a few things have crossed my mind. Are they going to stay here forever? Will we be able to light a fire when a cold front comes through? I don’t want to kick them out, but one of our favorite things about our new house is the fireplace and feeling all cozy and making s’mores with it lit on a cool night. Does anyone have experience with this situation? I’d love to hear your thoughts. 🙂

Let’s talk soup now.

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup comes together easily in your crock pot and is healthy, hearty and delicious.

It’s not a secret that I regularly make soup. I try to make soup once a week because I find it such a convenient and healthy option when it comes to quick lunches or dinners on busy school nights. This Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup was loved by my husband and kids (2 out of 3 kids that is, one cringes when I mention soup 😉 ). It’s packed with hearty vegetables, shredded chicken and barley that will fill you up in the best way possible. If you’re a mushroom lover like I am, then you’ll especially love this one!

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup comes together easily in your crock pot and is healthy, hearty and delicious.

Enjoy your weekend!

Print Recipe

Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup

Ingredients:

  • 1 onion, chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 2 celery stalks, chopped
  • 2 carrots, chopped
  • 1 8oz container whole Baby Bella mushrooms, chopped
  • 1 lb chicken breast
  • 1 15 oz can diced tomatoes
  • 1/2 cup pearled barley
  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 tablespoons dried Italian seasoning
  • 1/2 teaspoon kosher salt
  • fresh ground pepper

Directions:

  1. Combine all ingredients into slow cooker. Cook on low for 8 hours.
  2. Take out whole cooked chicken breasts and place on plate or cutting board and shred with 2 forks (or you can shred directly in crock pot, just be careful not to splatter and burn yourself).
  3. Add shredded chicken back into crock pot and stir. Taste and adjust salt and pepper to taste.
  4. Serve with freshly grated Parmesan cheese.

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More slow cooker soups:

Slow Cooker Lentil and Quinoa Chili

Slow Cooker Chicken and White Bean Soup with Quinoa

Slow Cooker 3-Bean Pumpkin Chili

Slow Cooker Caldo de Pollo (Mexican Chicken Soup)

Slow Cooker Cabbage Soup with Tomatoes and Chicken Sausage

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13 Responses to “Slow Cooker Italian Chicken, Mushroom and Barley Soup”

  1. Amy L posted October 17, 2014 at 6:42 am

    This looks yummy. I pinned it. Thanks for sharing!

  2. Julia posted October 17, 2014 at 10:16 am

    I love my slow cooker and am always looking for new soups to try. Looks perfect!

  3. Samantha @FerraroKitchen posted October 17, 2014 at 12:18 pm

    I love making soups as well but dont often since we lie in So Cal and the only soup you can think of on hot days is gazpacho..lol And sorry, no help on the birds..but your soup is lovely!

  4. Marjory @ Dinner-Mom posted October 17, 2014 at 1:44 pm

    Great soup! I love to make extras and freeze individual servings. Good luck with the birds. We have had a few incidents, like one that kept pecking our window! 🙂

  5. Jamie posted October 19, 2014 at 9:33 am

    Love making soups in my crock pot. Great for my work lunch the next day too. In regards to the birds, you may need to get your exterminator or a chimney sweep person to move the nest. I wouldn’t send Larry up on that roof… ha ha!

  6. Liz posted October 19, 2014 at 11:10 am

    I too love soup and this recipe sounds great. Thank you.

  7. Gaby posted October 19, 2014 at 2:15 pm

    I love adding barley to soups and this looks perfect for a fall dinner!

  8. Denise in Colorado posted October 19, 2014 at 6:54 pm

    Once the baby birds have flown away a chimney sweep can remove the nest for you. I wouldn’t start a fire until its checked out. A fire burning in the top of the chimney is not a Disney story!
    Soup sounds so yummy!! Thanks for your recipes!
    🙂

  9. Jamie | My Baking Addiction posted October 19, 2014 at 10:11 pm

    This is my kind of dinner! Love my slow cooker and the chicken and mushrooms are the perfect combination with the barley.

    -Jamie

  10. KalynsKitchen posted October 24, 2014 at 7:02 pm

    This sounds so, so good!

  11. Stephanie posted December 23, 2014 at 12:56 pm

    Gaby, you are genius! Barley was perfect with it!
    By the way I am using multicooker Redmond to make chicken, it cooks very tender meat..my advice is to try making it too!
    Happy holidays, guys!

  12. Michele posted October 22, 2018 at 8:50 pm

    Way, WAY too much Italian seasoning -soup was inedible. Did you mean 1 1/2 TEASPOONS?!? Rather than tablespoons?

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