Tomato, Chicken & Barley Soup

Serves: 4-6 | Prep time: 10 minutes | Cook time: 50 minutes


  • 2 tbsp extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 brown onion, diced
  • 2 cloves garlic, crushed
  • 2 carrots, diced
  • 2 celery sticks, chopped
  • 1 fennel bulb, chopped
  • 1 leek, chopped
  • 2 tbsp flour
  • 1 cup tomato passata
  • 1 ¼ cups pearl barley
  • 400g chicken breast
  • 1L chicken stock, reduced salt
  • 2 dried bay leafs
  • 2 fresh thyme sprigs
  • ½ cup flat-leaf parsley, finely chopped
  • Pepper, to season.


1. Turn Cook4me on to the ‘sauté function’. Add oil to the pot, then add onion, garlic, carrots, celery, fennel and leek. Cook for 5 minutes, stirring frequently.

2. Add flour to the pot and stir for 1-2 minutes. Then Add tomato passata, barley and 2 cups of water.

4. Add chicken breast to the pot. Then add 1L chicken stock, bay leafs and thyme.

5. Turn Cook4me on to ‘pressure cooker function‘ and set to 30 minutes.

6. Once finished, turn Cook4me off. Carefully open lid and use a fork to shred the chicken, remove bay leafs. Transfer soup into bowls and serve with topped with fresh parsley and pepper.


  • Cooking options:
    • Pressure cooker: We used the Tefal Cook4Me+ to create this recipe, however, you could use any type of pressure cooker.
    • No pressure cooker: If you don’t have a pressure cooker, you can cook this in a large pot instead. Allow chicken to boil on high for 45 minutes.
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