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Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup topped with fried bacon and served in a white bowl.

Creamy Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup

This creamy slow cooker chicken barley soup is made healthier by replacing rice or noodles with barley. It's easy, uses whole ingredients and is perfect for your crockpot. Pure comfort food! YUM!
Course Soups
Cuisine American
Prep Time 15 minutes
Cook Time 3 hours
Total Time 3 hours 15 minutes
Servings 4 portions
Calories 497kcal
Author Richa


  • 1 cup sliced Carrots thickly sliced
  • 1 cup Celery diced
  • 1 cup Mushrooms quartered
  • 2 Chicken Breasts diced into ½ inch pieces
  • 1 teaspoon Garlic minced
  • 1 Jalapeno finely chopped
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Oregano
  • 1 teaspoon Dried Basil
  • 1 cup Pearl Barley washed and strained
  • 5 cups Chicken Stock low sodium
  • 4 tablespoons All Purpose Flour or Maida
  • ¾ cup Milk
  • 1 ½ cups Spinach
  • Salt to taste
  • Fried Bacon for topping


  • In a slow cooker or crockpot, add carrots, celery, mushrooms, chicken, garlic, jalapenos, oregano, basil, barley, chicken stock and salt. Stir well, and cook on high for 3-4 hours or low for 7-8 hours.
  • In a bowl, whisk together flour and milk, and once the soup is cooked, mix in the flour and milk mixture. Cook on high for 20 minutes
  • Add spinach to the slow cooker and mix well. Turn off the slow cooker, and let the soup sit for ten minutes. Top with bacon and serve hot!


  1. Slow cooker: This is a slow cooker recipe. If you don't have a slow cooker you can make this soup in a crockpot over the stove. 
  2. Spinach: Spinach does not take long to cook so remember to only add it at the very end. 
  3. Storage: This soup can be frozen for upto a month but if you are planning to do that, do not add the spinach. It would case the dish to become bitter. Add spinach after defrosting and reheating as per the recipe. 


Calories: 497kcal | Carbohydrates: 63g | Protein: 40g | Fat: 9g | Saturated Fat: 3g | Cholesterol: 86mg | Sodium: 637mg | Potassium: 1241mg | Fiber: 10g | Sugar: 10g | Vitamin A: 6660IU | Vitamin C: 13mg | Calcium: 126mg | Iron: 4mg