Slow Cooker Chicken-Barley Stew

Slow Cooker Chicken-Barley Stew
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Ingredients
  1. 3 large carrots, sliced (2 cups)
  2. 2 medium stalks celery, sliced (1 cup)
  3. 1 large onion, chopped (1 cup)
  4. 2 bone-in chicken breasts (about 1 1/4 lb), skin removed
  5. 3 cups water
  6. 2 cups Progresso® chicken broth (from 32-oz carton)
  7. 3/4 cup uncooked medium pearled barley
  8. 1/4 teaspoon pepper
  9. 1 can (14.5 oz) diced tomatoes, undrained
  10. 2 tablespoons chopped fresh parsley
  11. 1 teaspoon dried thyme leaves
Instructions
  1. 1In 4- to 5-quart slow cooker, place carrots, celery and onion. Place chicken breasts on vegetables. Add remaining ingredients except parsley and thyme.
  2. 2Cover; cook on Low heat setting 8 to 9 hours.
  3. 3Remove chicken from cooker; place on cutting board. Remove meat from bones and chop into 1/2- to 1-inch pieces; discard bones.
  4. 4Stir chicken, parsley and thyme into stew. Increase heat setting to High. Cover; cook 10 to 15 minutes longer or until chicken is thoroughly heated.
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