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Chicken and barley stew

Total Time
1 hr 15 min
15 min
1 hr
Subtly sweet fennel makes a great match with the chicken in this fabulous fibre booster.


Olive oil

1 tbs

Brown onion

1 medium, finely chopped


2 clove(s), finely chopped


1 small, trimmed, cut into 1cm pieces


1 stick(s), cut into 1cm pieces

Skinless chicken drumstick

560 g, (8 x 70g drumsticks), skin removed

Chicken stock

3 cup(s), (750ml)

Pearl barley

1 cup(s), (200g), rinsed

Frozen green peas

1 cup(s), (120g)

Baby spinach

150 g

Lemon juice

¼ cup(s), (60ml)

Fresh dill

2 tbs, chopped


  1. Heat half the oil in a large heavy-based saucepan over medium heat. Cook the onion, garlic, fennel and celery, stirring, for 4 minutes or until softened. Transfer to a plate.
  2. Heat the remaining oil in the same pan. Add the chicken and cook, in batches, turning, for 5 minutes or until browned.
  3. Return the vegetable mixture to the pan with the stock and bring to the boil. Reduce the heat and simmer. Add the barley and simmer for 40 minutes or until the barley is tender. Add the peas and spinach. Simmer, covered, for 3 minutes or until spinach wilts. Remove from heat. Discard the chicken bones and shred meat into large pieces, if desired. Stir in the lemon juice. Season with salt and pepper. Serve sprinkled with the dill.