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?

Skinny Chicken Fajita Soup

Polish Dill Pickle Soup

Healthy Mulligatawny Soup

Vietnamese Chicken Pho

Spicy Thai Chicken Soup

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10 comments on “Light Creamy Chicken Barley Kale Soup

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

    What a nice soup!

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

    Looks so comforting!

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

    What a gorgeous comforting soup!

    Rating: 5
  4. 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!

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

    I love how creamy it looks! Amazing!

  6. 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?

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

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

  8. 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! :)

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

    Looks so comforting!

    Rating: 5