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Chicken with Barley and Mushrooms

Leo Gong
Total time 45 mins
Yield Makes 4 servings
Hedi Gerken developed this one-pan dinner for her husband, who loves the nutty flavor of barley. Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes.


  • 1 1/2 pounds boned, skinned chicken breasts
  • 1 teaspoon each salt and pepper
  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 1/2 pound cremini mushrooms, quartered
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 3 1/2 cups chicken broth
  • 1 cup pearl barley
  • 3 tablespoons dry sherry
  • 2 medium carrots, peeled, halved lengthwise, and cut into 1/8-in.-thick slices
  • 2 teaspoons chopped fresh thyme
  • 2 small zucchini, quartered lengthwise and cut into 1/2-in.-thick slices
  • 1/4 cup chopped fresh parsley
  • 2 tablespoons grated parmesan cheese

Nutrition Information

  • calories 550
  • caloriesfromfat 23 %
  • protein 51 g
  • fat 14 g
  • satfat 2.6 g
  • carbohydrate 53 g
  • fiber 11 g
  • sodium 1268 mg
  • cholesterol 101 mg

How to Make It

  1. Cut chicken into bite-size pieces and season with salt and pepper. Heat 2 tbsp. olive oil in a large frying pan over medium-high heat. Add chicken and sauté until lightly browned, about 6 minutes. Remove chicken from pan, then add remaining oil, mushrooms, and onion. Cook until mushrooms are lightly browned, about 7 minutes. Add garlic and cook 2 minutes more. Using a slotted spoon, transfer mushroom mixture to a bowl and set aside.

  2. Add wine to hot pan and use a wooden spoon to scrape browned bits off bottom. Add 1 1/2 cups broth and barley and bring to a boil; reduce heat to low, cover, and cook until most of liquid is absorbed and barley is tender, about 25 minutes.

  3. Stir in remaining 2 cups broth, sherry, carrots, and thyme. Bring to a boil, then reduce heat to a simmer, cover, and cook 10 minutes. Return chicken and mushroom mixture to pan, add zucchini and parsley, and simmer until chicken is cooked through, about 7 minutes. Stir in parmesan and serve.

  4. Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.