"This is a great casserole - low cost, easy and quick preparation, and great taste! You'll be surprised at how good it is - especially suited for fall days." — Alex Anderson
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bacon, fat removed and meat finely chopped
onion, thinly sliced
button mushrooms, quartered
2 1/2 cups
bay leaf, crushed
ground black pepper to taste
green bell pepper, chopped
dark meat chicken pieces
We loved the premise of this recipe! But, I have to say, I did change it quite a bit. First, I doubled it and put it in a 9 x 13 pan. I left out the bacon and mushrooms and all of the spices. I used 4 cups of broth and 1 cup of water (broth comes in a 4 cup container) and added 2 cans of cream of whatever soup to add a bit of creaminess. For spices, I subbed in 4 T of curry powder which gave it a great spiceyness. I used leftover chicken, whatever I had on hand. Then, I chopped the veggies I had in the fridge and sauted them with the onions before mixing it all together. A mixing tip, mix the soup with the veggies and then stir into the broth and barely - makes the entire process go better. Topped with shreeded soy cheese... It took 1 hour 20 minutes to bake, but my oven tends to be slow. Over all, a great idea of a recipe that seems easily modifiable into whatever you happen to have on hand! We will definitly make this again.
I made this twice. Once with the chicken as a meal but I found the chicken to be dry. However, I made it as a side dish and we liked it so much better. I cooked the bacon but omitted it from the recipe. I used the bacon grease to sauté vegetables. I used carrots, zucchini, onion and garlic. I chopped the zucchini and carrots into very small pieces. I added all of the spices and cooked it in a casserole dish. We really enjoyed it as a side dish, but not cooked with the chicken (I did the chicken separate).
This was nice but bland. I made a few changes - I added celery (with the green peppers) to the veggies. I also added in some dried sweetened cranberries. I omitted the crushed bay leaves and bacon, and used olive oil to sautee the veggies. I used boneless chicken breasts instead of dark meat. If I make this again, I might add in 1/2 can (or a whole can) of creamy soup (crm of mushroom maybe?) to make the dish a little creamy. Great as leftovers. I sprinkled some crumbled blue cheese on the leftovers and it was really yummy!
This was tasty -- a great change from chicken & rice. After reading others' reviews, I did make a few changes: 1. I omitted the bacon. 2. I didn't sautee anything in advance -- just mixed everything together in a baking dish and put the raw chicken on top. 3. I doubled the marjoram and parsley and halved the thyme (don't like thyme much). 4. I salted/peppered the chicken breasts and sprinkled extra marjoram on top of them. The verdict: Easy, moist, healthy, and delicious!
I made this recipe and my husband had 'three lots of 2nds'. He was a bit weary about the barley, as I have never cooked with it before, but he did enjoy it. My kids who are 'picky eaters' ate more of the vegetable mix than I expected them too. I tricked them and told them it was a type of rice. I'll definitely cook it again. Having never cooked with Barley before, I wasn't sure whether you had to soak the Barley, before putting it in the dish. I boiled it while I was preparing the vegetables.
this was superb, but wouldn't use crushed bay leaves again. No matter how fine they are someone will find a sharp piece.
To really punch up this recipe, use an 8 oz. can of tomato sauce in addition to the chicken stock. Additionally, use fresh herbs. . . a wonderful cool day, put in the oven & foget, tasty chicken dish.
Very good. I added a little tumeric ( adds a nice yellow color), omitted bell pepper and stirred chopped cooked chicken into the casserole with the other ingredients instead of laying chicken on the top.
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2,000 calorie diet.
Barley Chicken Casserole
Serving Size: 1/4 of a recipe
Servings Per Recipe: 4
Amount Per Serving
** Calories: 381
** Calories from Fat: 99
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