One of my husband's good friends says, "that everything cooked in a crockpot" tastes the same. I have to disagree with him! In the last 3 years I have made a concerted effort to cultivate a variety of crockpot recipes including stews, soups, French dips, Asian stir frys and Italian one pot meals. My crockpot is my best friend. I love when I prep a crockpot meal the night before I plan on serving it. I wake up the next morning, turn on the crockpot and honestly feel lighter. I don't have that heavy feeling weighing me down all day because I know dinner is cooking while I am out working, carpooling kids, cleaning and volunteering. This stew is packed with vegetables, herbs, chicken and barley. It truly is a one pot meal. My kids love it with a dollop of sour cream and my husband enjoys dipping a fresh baguette in his bowl of stew.
- 4 cups chicken broth
- 1 cup water
- 1 tablespoon minced garlic
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon pepper
- .75 teaspoon dried thyme
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh dill
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh cilantro
- 2 teaspoons chopped fresh basil
- 2 bay leaves
- 2 large chicken breasts, cubed
- 1/2 cup barley
- 1/2 yellow onion, chopped
- 1 pound new potatoes, cubed
- 2 carrots, peeled and diced
- In your crockpot add the broth, water and all of the spices. Stir this mixture.
- Add the chicken, barley, onion, potatoes and carrots.
- DO NOT STIR.
- Cook on low for 10 hours or on high for 5 hours.
- Serve with optional sour cream and/or a fresh baguette.
- I keep Litehouse bottled fresh herbs in my fridge. They taste just as good and last for months in your fridge.
- I always use new potatoes in this recipe. The skin stays on new potatoes when they are cooked in a stew for a long time. And, we all know the nutrition is in the skin of the potato.
- This recipe could be a great challenge recipe if you are in the process of challenging FODMAPS in your diet. For more information on FODMAPS link to: FODMAPS, A Closer Look.
- I prep this stew the night before and put the inner pot of the crockpot in my fridge. This makes my morning so easy. I just have to pull the pot out of the fridge, stick in in the crockpot, and turn it on!