Recipe: Multigrain Chicken Soup in a Jar

by Elizabeth on January 23, 2013 · 2 comments

in main dishes, recipes

The past two Christmases I have tried to give as many homemade gifts as I could.  Not only does it help to lower my holiday budget, but I also think that homemade gifts are more personal.  This year I decided to make gifts in jars.  There is no shortage of ideas on Pinterest but I was able to narrow it to down to “pampering in a jar”, brown sugar body scrub, and this excellent multigrain chicken soup mix.  I had lots of supplies left over so I made a pot of soup a few weeks ago.  It was so good I knew I had to share the recipe with you.


Aren’t the layers pretty?

Multigrain Chicken Soup
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For the jar:
3/4 cup brown rice
1/2 cup barley
1/2 cup red lentils
1/2 cup yellow or green split peas
2 tablespoons dried parsley
1 teaspoon dried thyme
1 teaspoon ground ginger
1 teaspoon marjoram
1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Layer rice, barley, lentils, and peas in a jar.  Top with the spices and screw on lid.

To make the soup:
1 tablespoon olive oil
1 tablespoon butter
1 onion, diced
4 large carrots, sliced
2 large ribs celery, sliced
2-4 cloves of garlic, minced
1 pound chicken breasts, cut into bite-sized pieces
10-12 cups chicken broth, water, or a combination of both
Contents of the jar
Salt and pepper

Heat oil and butter over medium heat in a dutch oven or stock pot.  Saute carrots for 2-4 minutes, or until they begin to soften.  Add in the onion and celery and cook until softened and the onions are translucent, about 5-7 minutes.  Season the chicken with salt and pepper.  Raise the heat to medium-high and move the vegetables to the sides of the pot and put the chicken in the middle.  Let it cook, undisturbed, for 2 minutes, then flip and cook the other side.  Add the liquid and bring it all to a boil.  Add the ingredients in the jar, return to a boil, then reduce the heat and simmer the soup for 45 minutes to an hour, until the rice and barley are soft.

-Adapted from Our Bower

Multigrain Chicken Soup

To give as a gift, I made simple labels, and attached the recipe to a ribbon and tied it around the top. Simple and pretty.

{ 2 comments… read them below or add one }

1 Cate January 23, 2013 at 5:55 pm

I can attest to the fact that this soup is fantabulous!


2 Christine January 23, 2013 at 6:02 pm

And the pampering in a jar was awesome! 🙂


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