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Chicken with Barley and Mushrooms

Hedi Gerken developed this one-pan dinner for her husband, who loves the nutty flavor of barley. Prep and Cook Time: 45 minutes.

Sunset JANUARY 2007

  • Yield: Makes 4 servings
  • Total: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


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.

Note: Nutritional analysis is per serving.

Nutritional Information

Amount per serving
  • Calories: 550
  • Calories from fat: 23%
  • Protein: 51g
  • Fat: 14g
  • Saturated fat: 2.6g
  • Carbohydrate: 53g
  • Fiber: 11g
  • Sodium: 1268mg
  • Cholesterol: 101mg

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