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Panera Copycat Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Barley Soup

Perfect for a cold winter's day this Panera Copycat Slow Cooker Creamy Chicken Barley Soup will warm your soul and your belly.
Course Main
Cuisine American
Prep Time 20 minutes
Cook Time 5 hours
Total Time 5 hours 20 minutes
Servings 6
Calories 380 kcal
Author Quinn Caudill

Ingredients

  • 3 large boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • Salt
  • Pepper
  • 1 tsp. Thyme
  • 1 tbsp. olive or canola oil
  • 1 large onion, chopped
  • 3 celery stalks, chopped
  • 1 cup carrots, chopped
  • 2 tbsp. garlic, minced
  • 1 cup dry white wine
  • 1 (14 oz) can low-fat cream of mushroom soup
  • 1 (14 oz) can creamed corn, optional
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 1 tbsp. dried rosemary, v
  • 1 1/2 pearl barley such as Bob Red Mill
  • 1 tbsp. dill weed, minced
  • Juice of 1 lemon

Instructions

  1. Heat oil in a large heavy skillet over medium-high heat.
  2. Season the chicken with salt, pepper, and thyme
  3. Add chicken to skillet and brown on both sides, about 4 to 6 minutes per side.
  4. Transfer chicken to a 4-quart slow cooker.
  5. Add the onion, carrots, celery, and garlic to the skillet and cook over medium heat until soft, about 4 minutes.
  6. Salt vegetables
  7. Add the wine and simmer over high heat until almost all the liquid evaporates, 5-7 minutes.
  8. Stir in the cream of mushroom, creamed corn, broth, barley, and rosemary. Bring to boil.
  9. Transfer the pan contents to the slow cooker.
  10. Cover and cook the soup on low for 4-5 hours.
  11. Use tongs to transfer the chicken to a cutting board; shred the chicken
  12. Stir the shredded chicken into the soup along with the dill, lemon juice,
  13. Salt and pepper to taste.
  14. Cook for another 30 minutes on low.

Recipe Notes

-First published by Quinn Caudill for dadwhats4dinner.com ©2016 Revised ©2018

-My recipe is not a true copycat but a modified version of Panera's Slow Cooker Chicken Barley Soup. I added cream of mushroom and creamed corn to my version.

-I also made it a little healthier by only using chicken breasts.