Hearty Chicken Soup

Hearty Chicken Soup

Prep:  15 minutes Cook:  50 minutes Makes:  4 servings


6 cups low-salt chicken broth
1 cup uncooked whole oats or barley
2 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme or 2 teaspoons dried, crumbled thyme
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 onion, chopped
2 celery stalks, chopped
2 scallions, thinly sliced
3 large cloves garlic, chopped
1 1/2 pounds diced cooked chicken breast
Salt and pepper
Chopped fresh parsley


In a large stockpot or dutch oven, bring the chicken broth to a boil.  Add the oats or barley and thyme.  Return the soup to a boil.Reduce the heat to medium and simmer the soup, uncovered, until the oats are tender, stirring occasionally, about 30 minutes.In a large skillet, heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil.  Saute the onion, celery, scallions, and garlic over medium heat until translucent.  Transfer the vegetables to the chicken broth.Add the chicken and simmer until heated through, thinning with additional broth if desired.  Season with salt and pepper.  Garnish with parsley and serve.

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