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Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken with Pearl Barley

Barley makes a light and fluffy side with this lemony chicken. A side of steamed greens completes the meal.

December 17th, 2008

Recipe by Paula Bowman

"This was delicious and so easy. The biggest hit was the pearl barley — we wondered why we had never made it before, and even my two-year-old asked for more: now that is impressive! I will definitely add this to my box of simple and delicious meal ideas." Sheina Young, mom of Austin, 2, Calgary
Prep Time
Prep: 25 min.
On the table: 1 hour, 15 min.
  • 2 tbsp butter
  • 1/3 cup finely chopped onion
  • 1 stalk celery, finely diced (about 1/3 cup)
  • 1/4 tspkosher salt, plus more for seasoning chicken
  • 1 cuppearl barley, rinsed and drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 3 to 4 cupslow-sodium chicken stock or water
  • 3 tbsp olive oil
  • 5 garlic cloves, peeled and roughly chopped
  • 5 sprigs fresh thyme, leaves removed and reserved, stalks discarded
  • 1 lemon, finely zested and juiced, reserved separately
  • 1/4 tsp fennel seed, crushed
  • 6 chicken drumsticks
  • 6 chicken thighs
  1. Preheat oven to 450-deg. F.

  2. Heat butter in a saucepan over medium-low heat. Add onion, celery and salt and cook until onion is translucent, about 5 minutes. Add barley and bay leaf; stir well then add 3 cups stock. Bring to a boil, cover and simmer over a low heat until tender and most of liquid has evaporated, about 45 minutes. If necessary, add more stock or water during cooking process until barley is tender. Let stand, covered, until chicken is ready.

  3. Meanwhile, as barley cooks, combine olive oil, garlic, thyme leaves, lemon zest and fennel seed together in a bowl. Add chicken, season with salt and pepper and toss well to thoroughly coat. Transfer to a large shallow baking pan and place skin side up in a single layer. Roast 15 minutes, add lemon juice, stir gently and continue to cook until cooked through, about 20 minutes more. Let stand 5 minutes then serve chicken with reserved barley.

Nutrients Per Serving

Per serving: 503 calories, 30 g fat, 40 mg calcium, 740 mg sodium, 29 g carbohydrates, 3 g fibre, 29 g protein. Excellent source of niacin, vitamin B6 and zinc; good source of vitamin B12, magnesium and iron.

Lemon and Thyme Roasted Chicken with Pearl Barley
Photo by James Tse
Food styling by Ian Muggridge
Prop styling by Sabrina Linn

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