Whenever someone asks me what is the quintessential weelicious dish, I have to sort amongst the many dishes that are super easy to prepare, take little time, are inexpensive AND are perfect for most age groups.

Well, this one totally fits the bill. It’s really healthy and low in fat for the adults — packed with protein, veggies — plus it has a naturally sweet zip from the cranberries and orange juice for the kids.
Barley is one of my favorite grains, but you rarely see it used in recipes other then vegetable soup. It’s a nutrient dense food rich in fiber, vitamin B and folic acid as well as having a yummy chewy texture. The barley I used cost 33 cents for the entire recipe which also makes it quite affordable.

Chicken, Broccoli, Dried Cranberry Salad (serves 6)

2 1/2 Cups Water
1 t. Kosher or Sea Salt divided
1 Cup Barley
2 Chicken Breast, skinless boneless
2 Cup Broccoli Florets (you could also use frozen)
1/2 Cup Dried Cranberries
2T. Orange Juice
2T. Olive Oil

1. Bring water to a boil and 1/2 tsp salt.
2. Add barley, return to a boil, reduce to simmer, cover and cook for 35 minutes.
3. Place the chicken breasts of top of the barley, without stirring. Cover and cook another 5 minutes.
4. Add the broccoli and cook another 5 minutes until chicken and barley are cooked through, for a total cooking time of 45 minutes.
5. The barley should be tender but still chewy.
6. Remove the chicken and broccoli and chop into bite size pieces.
7. Combine the chicken, barley, broccoli, dried cranberries, orange juice, oil, and 1/2 tsp of the remaining salt in a bowl.
8. Serve warm or chilled.


Barley, Chicken & Broccoli Salad

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Author: Catherine McCord
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 45 minutes
Total Time 50 minutes


  • 2 1/2 Cups water
  • 1 tsp kosher or sea salt, divided
  • 1 Cup Barley
  • 2 Chicken Breast, skinless boneless
  • 2 Cup Broccoli Florets (you could also use frozen)
  • 1/2 Cup dried cranberries
  • 2 tablespoons orange juice
  • 2 tablespoons olive oil



    Sodium: 500mg | Sugar: 7g | Fiber: 6g | Cholesterol: 50mg | Calories: 280kcal | Fat: 7g | Protein: 21g | Carbohydrates: 33g
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    About the Author

    Catherine is a mama of three. A Kentucky girl living in California. Here’s what I know: all kids can be great eaters and mealtime must be easy. I create simple, healthy recipes the whole family will love.


    1. Just made this cheater-style: choppes up leftover roast chicken, 10-minyte barley from Trader Joe’s, frozen broccoli. Cooked the barley and steamed the broccoli, then drain, mix, and eat. 15 minutes!

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