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Sweet and Sour Chicken Barley Casserole


2 lbs (1 kg) boneless skinless chicken pieces
3 tbsp (45 mL) canola oil
1 small onion
2 celery stalks
1 red pepper
1 cup (250 mL) pot or pearl barley
1 (398 mL) can pineapple chunks, drained, reserving juice
¼ cup (50 mL) brown sugar
2 tbsp (30 mL) cornstarch
¼ cup (50 mL) rice or white vinegar
¼ cup (50 mL) soy sauce
2 cups (500 mL) low salt chicken broth
1 cup (250 mL) snow peas, cooked

In a large skillet, heat 2 tbsp (30 mL) oil. Brown chicken pieces and transfer to a large casserole dish. Meanwhile, chop onion, celery and red pepper into medium chunks. Add remaining 1 tbsp (15 mL) oil to skillet and stir vegetables for 2 minutes. Spoon over chicken, along with barley and pineapple.

In a medium saucepan, combine brown sugar, cornstarch, vinegar and soy sauce. Bring to a boil over medium high heat and add chicken broth and juice from pineapple. Bring to a boil and simmer for 3 minutes. Remove from heat and pour over chicken. Cover and bake in a 350⁰F (180⁰C) oven for 1 ½ hours. Serve garnished with cooked snow peas.

Makes 6 servings.

Nutritional Information (per serving):

Calories: 491
Protein: 40 g
Carbohydrate: 54 g
Fibre: 7 g
Sugars: 23 g
Fat: 13 g
Saturated Fat: 3 g
Trans Fat: 0 g
Cholesterol: 89 mg
Sodium: 1036 mg
Potassium: 284 mg


  1. valerie

    I dont like the idea of cooking the chicken and veggies because they cook for another hour in the casserole, id rather partially cook the barley too, then this cooking time would make more sense

  2. Karen

    My sons, husband and I really enjoyed this dish. It was very tasty and not difficult to make. The sauce I made did look darker than the picture above though, but it still tasted very good.

    • GoBarley

      Hi Karen,
      That is great to hear! I am so glad you tried and enjoyed this recipe. That is odd that the sauce looked darker than in the recipe photo, but it is the taste that matters.

      Let us know if you try any other recipes and how they turn out.

      – Sydney


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