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Chicken and Barley Soup Recipe – FMD Phase One

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While I am not following the Fast Metabolism Diet from Haylie Pomroy, I do have her book and love many of her recipes. Her recipes are full of healthy ingredients, they are easy to put together, and my family loves them!

FMD Chicken and Barley Soup - This soup is full of healthy ingredients, is easy to put together, and my family loves it!

Case in point is this Chicken and Barley Soup. I made this the other night after work and the family gobbled it up! Shhh…my youngest even said that it was better than her dad’s version! I reminded her that her dad tends to make beef and barley soup, and they are not the same.

The recipe in the book, The Fast Metabolism Diet, makes 10 servings of 3 cups each. I did not want to make so much, so I halved Haylie’s recipe, and I also increased the amount of chicken. I felt that feeding two teenagers and my husband required a bit more meat. Other than that, I followed the recipe according to the book.

Looking back, I probably should have made the full recipe as the soup would freeze well, and then I would have had a second dinner. As it was though, we had leftovers, and my daughter enjoyed it the following morning for breakfast and lunch. I also packed it for lunch the following day as well. Yes, it was that good!

Chicken and Barley Soup Recipe – FMD Phase One

From The Fast Metabolism Diet by Haylie Pomroy

Fast Metabolism Diet Phase One Soup


  • 4 cups chicken broth
  • 4 cups vegetable broth
  • 4 cups of water
  • 2 1/2 pounds of skinless, boneless chicken breast, cubed
  • 1 cup diced onion
  • 1 tablespoon crushed garlic
  • 1 whole bay leaf
  • 1/4 teaspoon sea salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper
  • 2 cups peeled and cubed butternut squash
  • 2 cups cubed yellow summer squash
  • 2 cubes cubed zucchini
  • 1 cup broccoli florets
  • 1 cup chopped fresh mushrooms
  • 2 cups barley


  1. Add four cups of water and the broths to a large soup pot.
  2. Add the cubed chicken, onion, garlic, bay leaf, salt, and pepper. Stir together.
  3. Bring all ingredients to a boil, then turn to low.
  4. Allow soup to simmer for 1 hour.FMD Chicken and Barley Soup
  5. Add the vegetables and barley to the soup pot.
  6. Bring back to a boil. Fast Metabolism Diet Chicken and Barley Soup
  7. Turn to low and simmer for another hour – or until vegetables are done to your likeness.
  8. Serve and enjoy!

Chicken and Barley Soup Recipe Phase One FMD

As I said this Chicken and Barley Soup was sooo delicious! Yum!

Other FMD Phase one recipes that I love are: Turkey, Kale, and Butternut Squash Soup Recipe and Turkey Chili Recipe. 

And here is a printable version of the recipe:


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  3. The recipe in her book DOES call for 4 cups of water. Halie DOES NOT list it in her
    Ingredients . She only has the chicken and veg broths listed. When you move down to her directions the FIRST SENTENCE is ” put 4 cups of water into a large soup pots down ADD THE BROTHS”.
    So Stacy you were 100% CORRECT. I find that Halie does this quite often in her books and on line recipes . I’m thankful I know how to cook and make MAJOR adjustments to make the meal I’ve prepped and spent $$$ on not be wasted! So frustrating.

    1. Michele says:

      Hi All,
      Thanks for the picture! I find her recipes to be confusing as well. I’ve never cooked barely before and was excited to make this. I saw the 4 cups of water and 2 cups barley but I let my soup sit on the stove top for a couple hours while I picked ups he kids, etc. and when I came home it stew, not soup. It was so thick! Tasty but now I wonder if I should add some more broth or water to turn it back into soup. I am a horrible cook, can’t do anything that isn’t a specific recipe so would love some advice from anyone. Thanks.

      1. Stacey says:

        Adding more broth should be fine. Once the barley has swelled that much, I do not think there is anything else to be done. Hopefully it still tasted yummy. I love barley, but it can be tricky!

  4. Christine says:

    No, her recipe doesn’t include the four cups of water – so your take on it – with the 2 cups of barley does makes sense – adding the additional water. May be its the type of barley I used – it was the thicker more pearled kind – may be thats where I went wrong – the barley sucked up all the liquid – So in future – Ill use the lesser dense barley.. It is a great soup though – very delicious and healthy. Thanks for posting these recipes.

  5. Christine says:

    There is a big mistake in this recipe – you wrote 2 cups barley – its supposed to be 1 cup according to the book- which I have ironically-but went online and followed your recipe instead because I couldn’t find my book. Two cups of barley is way too much and makes the soup complete mush – because the excess barley soaked up all the broth and water. You need to correct this. Otherwise it would have been a delicious soup.

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Christine, I am sorry that this did not work out for you! Lori above had the same problem. The recipe with 2 cups of barley is the recipe that I have – the total soup makes 30 cups of soup! I never heard if she started with the initial four cups of water. Did you start with four cups of water? The way the recipe reads it is 12 cups of liquid for the 2 cups of barley. I am going to remake this recipe again this weekend. I have made it a few times, but not lately. I need to figure out what is happening.

  6. Lori says:

    Did you cook the chicken before placing it the broth? I found that 2 cups of dry barley expanded and absorbed all the broth. What did I do wrong?

    1. Stacey says:

      Hi Lori,

      I am glad that you tried this recipe! I am sorry that it didn’t turn out as planned. I cook the chicken in the broth not before. Did you start with four cups of water? Water is not on the ingredient list, but the first step is to add the broths to four cups of water. That would give you twelve cups of liquid all together. If that is the case, then maybe I need to rewrite the ingredient list to include the water. Looking at the pictures, you can tell that I did have quite a bit of broth in the soup.

      I know that when I have leftovers and it sits in the fridge, the barley will soak up even more of the broth, but that would be the next day at least.

      Let me know about the water – I am curious as well.


  7. I have every ingredient so I will be making this ne. I had not heard of this book and I am so intrigued. I am going to search it out at the book store. The soup has all my favorite ingredients – I can’t wait to try this one

    1. Stacey says:

      We loved it! and it is so healthy to boot. Love the FMD book for its recipes. It sounds like a great program, but I like my coffee too much 🙂

  8. This looks really yummy & hearty. I love that you used so many squashes. Awesome!

    1. Stacey says:

      It is so yummy, I am craving some more. Time to make another batch!

  9. I can’t wait to try this! I love Chicken Barley Soup and it is the perfect weeknight dinner for a chilly evening.

    1. Stacey says:

      This is a yummy recipe! I hope you like it.

  10. It looks so good! I love soup and am always looking for new recipes.

    1. Stacey says:

      This one is a keeper!

  11. This looks so healthy!! We love chicken soup and this is a whole new take on it. I can’t wait to try this.

    1. Stacey says:

      We loved the chicken mixed with the barley!

  12. This soup sounds perfect for a cold winter meal. It’s a bonus that it’s a healthy choice, too.

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes – delicious and healthy! That makes it a keeper.

  13. This is a soup I would definitely have for lunch! So healthy

    1. Stacey says:

      Healthy and yummy!

  14. I tried this diet and while it was difficult, this soup helped a lot. It’s actually really tasty whether you are doing the program or not.

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, I am not doing the program – but I love her recipes.

  15. Jeanine says:

    Oh that looks so good. My whole family has been on a huge soup kick for the last few weeks. I blame the weather but am not complaining. This looks delicious.

    1. Stacey says:

      This is the time of year for soups!

  16. Soup is the ultimate “healthy” eating diet food for us…. because it really fills us up. this looks like something we should add into our menus. Thanks

    1. Stacey says:

      You will love this one!

  17. For weeks I’ve been on a soup kick with menu planning. This looks delicious and I’m sure I can find a veggie sub for the chicken. Yum.

    1. Stacey says:

      The flavors here are wonderful!

  18. This sounds delicious! I love amazing soups! They are some of my favorite meals!

    1. Stacey says:

      Yes, soups are so comforting and healthy!

  19. I love barley soup but instead of chicken I would add Quorn instead as I am a vegetarian! This would be a heartwarming dish for this season .

    1. Stacey says:

      That’s a great idea! The flavors are so delicious!

  20. That looks super tasty and quite hearty for a soup that can help you lose weight. Hope it works well!

    1. Stacey says:

      Thanks! The soup is yummy!

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