Chicken Barley Soup Recipe for Instant Pot

A definite winner, this Chicken Barley Soup Recipe was made for the Instant Pot. Perfect for a weeknight hearty dinner that’s ready in about an hour.


Chicken Barley Soup


  • 3 tablespoons extra light olive oil
  • 2 1/2 cups yellow onions (diced, approx. 1 large)
  • 2 cups celery (diced, approx. 4-5 stalks)
  • 2 cups carrots (diced)
  • 3lb chicken (boneless, skinless thighs cut up)
  • salt & pepper
  • 1 bag shredded cabbage (approx 6 cups)
  • 1 can diced tomatoes
  • 1/4 cup Better than Bouillon Chicken
  • 12-13 cups hot water
  • 1 cup pearl barley (rinsed)
  • 2 bayleaves
  • 1 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1 teaspoon marjoram


Step 1
Set the "Instant Pot" to 'Saute' setting. Add the olive oil and let it heat up for a couple of minutes.
Step 2
Add the onions and cook for about 2 minutes, until they start to soften.
Step 3
Next add the celery and carrots and saute for 2-3 minutes, stirring frequently.
Step 4
Salt & pepper the chicken and add to the pot.
Step 5
Cook for a couple of minutes, stirring frequently, to lightly brown the chicken.
Step 6
Add the remaining ingredients and stir well.
Step 7
Press 'Cancel' on the Instant Pot and seal the lid. Set to the 'Soup' setting and use the default 30 minute setting.

Chicken Barley Soup Instant Pot Recipe by Dish Ditty Recipes

Chicken Barley Soup Instant Pot

7 Replies to "Chicken Barley Soup Recipe for Instant Pot"

  • comment-avatar
    Ben November 20, 2017 (5:53 pm)

    I made this for my family, tonight. It is fantastic. Thank you.

    • comment-avatar
      Dish Ditty November 20, 2017 (5:58 pm)

      You are welcome! I’m glad you enjoyed it.

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    Roberta November 30, 2017 (2:21 pm)

    Haven’t made this. What’s an Instant Pot?

    • comment-avatar
      Dish Ditty December 3, 2017 (11:48 am)

      It’s a type of pressure cooker. Same soup can be done on the stove, just cover and simmer.

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    Jessica May 22, 2018 (6:10 am)

    I made this for dinner last night, and everyone thought it was delicious! Chopping the veggies in the food processor made prep even easier.

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    Dawn December 28, 2018 (6:42 pm)

    What size IP was this made in? I have a 6 qt and only about 5-6 cups of liquid fit into the IP with everything else. Any info?

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