Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup

Amazing! Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale SoupLight Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup, a silky cream soup that is easy on the waistline!

Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup
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There’s nothing I love better than a silky creamy soup that happens to be diet friendly.

How does one achieve such a thing of beauty?

The short answer is low fat (or fat free) cream cheese. Instead of thickening a “cream based” soup with heavy cream and flour, you can simply stir in low fat cream cheese and let it melt into the soup.

The result is a meal that tastes devilishly delicious, yet doesn’t rack up the fat and calories.

Easy Healthy Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup

Today’s Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup is just such a recipe.

I made a simple chicken soup base, simmering whole chicken breasts and barley together in the broth. Then I chopped up the cooked chicken and stirred in cream cheese, low fat of course, and fresh chopped kale.

As if that weren’t enough, this Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup has a second secret ingredient that makes it taste and smell like pure heaven… Saffron.

Just a small pinch of saffron gives the soup a dazzling color, depth of flavor, and intoxicating aroma. It compliments the kale wonderfully and helps bring all the other ingredients together.

Light Healthy Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup

Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup is a perfect faux splurge for spring. It tastes naughty, without unnecessary guilt!

Looking for More Healthy Soups?

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Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup
5 from 5 votes

Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup

Prep Time
10 mins
Cook Time
30 mins
Total Time
40 mins
Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup Recipe - A healthy cream soup variation with tons of texture and flavor! Chicken barley soup is a true family favorite.
Servings: 8
Nutrition Facts
Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup
Amount Per Serving (1 cup)
Calories 223 Calories from Fat 54
% Daily Value*
Total Fat 6g 9%
Saturated Fat 1g 5%
Cholesterol 41mg 14%
Sodium 1415mg 59%
Potassium 699mg 20%
Total Carbohydrates 25g 8%
Dietary Fiber 4g 16%
Sugars 1g
Protein 17g 34%
Vitamin A 36%
Vitamin C 58.5%
Calcium 8.1%
Iron 10.9%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.


  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 large onion, peeled and chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, minced
  • 12 cups chicken broth
  • 2 large boneless chicken breasts
  • 1 cup dried pearl barley
  • 1 tablespoon fresh chopped thyme
  • 1 pinch saffron (small)
  • 2 cups chopped kale
  • 3 ounce low-fat cream cheese
  • Salt and pepper
  • Crushed red pepper (optional)


  1. Place the olive oil in a large stock pot. Set the pot over medium heat and add the onions. Sauté the onions for 2-3 minutes, then add the garlic and cook another 2 minutes. Stir so the garlic doesn't burn.
  2. Place whole chicken breasts, barley, thyme, saffron, and 1/2 teaspoon salt in the pot. Pour in the chicken broth and bring to a boil. Allow the soup to simmer for 20 minutes, stirring occasionally. Then remove the chicken breasts with tongs.
  3. While the soup is simmering, stir in the cream cheese and kale. Chop the chicken breasts and stir the chicken pieces back into the soup. Taste, then salt and pepper as needed.

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13 comments on “Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup

  1. things to doposted June 21, 2018 at 2:40 am Reply

    looking this’s really delicious. Wanna to try it. Thank you for sharing

  2. Sorry Not Sorry lyricsposted October 13, 2017 at 4:39 am Reply

    Look so delicious!!! I want to eat all of this at the first moment when I see them.Thank you for sharing these food.

  3. Katie Shimerposted October 2, 2017 at 9:32 pm Reply

    Fantastic soup and totally new and different. I used chicken Better Than Boullion but still added the onions, garlic, dried thyme, red pepper flakes, smoked paprika, and leftover cooked chicken thighs. I also used hulled barley to make it healthier. The cream cheese made it quite decadent for few calories. Love this soup!

  4. instagram video downloaderposted September 9, 2017 at 7:10 am Reply

    Looks so comforting!

  5. Erinposted June 26, 2017 at 1:05 am Reply

    Is the saffron a must in this recipe? Unfortunately that’s out of range for my budget but this soup looks delicious and I’d like to give it a try!

    • Sommerposted July 5, 2017 at 11:26 pm Reply

      Hi Erin! You can skip the saffron if you like. Maybe try adding a couple pinches of paprika instead. Happy Cooking! :)

  6. Julie | Table for Twoposted April 18, 2017 at 10:45 pm Reply

    Oh yes, please! I need this soup in my life!

  7. Deb Hattonposted April 18, 2017 at 1:54 pm Reply

    Looks decadently delicious! And healthy to boot. Have you ever tried it with pasta in place of barley?

  8. Top 10 mehndiposted April 18, 2017 at 6:18 am Reply

    I love how creamy it looks! Amazing!

  9. slopeposted April 18, 2017 at 4:31 am Reply

    This looks amazing! I will definately give it a try!
    I hope I will manage as I am not a great cook!

  10. Jenny Flakeposted April 17, 2017 at 5:46 pm Reply

    What a gorgeous comforting soup!

  11. Maria Lichtyposted April 17, 2017 at 4:47 pm Reply

    Looks so comforting!

  12. Kevin @ Closet Cookingposted April 17, 2017 at 11:33 am Reply

    What a nice soup!