Smothered Chicken and Barley

  • 1 t. cumin
  • ¾ t. chili powder
  • ½ t. salt
  • ½ t. cinnamon
  • ½ t. mint
  • 1/8 t. garlic powder
  • 1/8 t. ground red pepper
  • 6 chicken thighs
  • ½ t. vegetable oil
  • 1 ½ cup chopped onion
  • 1 ½ cup chopped red pepper
  • 1 T. soy
  • 3 ½ cups chicken broth
  • 1 ¼ cup barley
  • 1 can tomatoes, drained and diced
  • 6 T. green onion

Coat chicken thighs with spices and brown in oil.  Take chicken out of pan and saute onion and peppers until soft.  Put chicken back in pan, add soy, chicken broth, barley and tomatoes.  Bring to a boil and simmer for 55 minutes.  Stir in green onions when finished.

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Mushroom and Barley Soup

Another Aunt Evie and Uncle Tom Lake Chautaqua classic!

  • ½ cup pearl barley
  • 2 T. butter
  • 1 T. vegetable oil
  • 1 lb. mushrooms, thinly sliced
  • 6 carrots, peeled and cut into 1/8” thick rounds
  • 1 medium onion, chopped
  • 6 cups chicken stock or canned broth
  • 4 T. chopped fresh dill OR 1 ½ t. dried dill weed
  • ½ t. freshly ground pepper
  • salt
  • 2 T. fresh lemon juice

Place barley in medium bowl.  Pour enough hot water to cover.  Let stand for 20 minutes.  Drain

Melt butter with oil in heavy large pot over medium high heat.  Add mushrooms, carrots and onion and sauté for 5 minutes.  Add barley, stock, half of dill, pepper and salt.  Reduce heat to low.  Cover and cook for 45 minutes.  (Can be prepared one day ahead.  Refrigerate.  Bring to simmer before continuing).

Add lemon juice and remaining dill to soup.  Taste and adjust seasoning.