I haven't really used barley much, but I bought some recently thinking it would be a good addition to our diet. It's supposed to be really good for you. I was thinking along the lines of a beef barley soup, but there was a chicken chili recipe on the box that caught my eye. I cooked some turkey wings and some black beans earlier in the week, so it seemed like a perfect time to try the recipe - with my own spin to it, of course.
The original recipe did not call for the onions, garlic, celery or green pepper - but it just didn't seem like chili without them! Or at least not without the onions and garlic. While I was adding vegetables, I figured celery and green pepper couldn't hurt. I also added about twice as many beans as the original recipe asked for. Again - chili needs beans! - and I had them.
I'm planning to take this for potluck on Sabbath, so I haven't actually tried it yet - except for a quick taste, which was really good. I'm thinking that I will need to add a bit more water, or maybe another can of tomatoes when I heat it up, because it turned out pretty thick. I'm thinking of either making cornbread muffins to go with the chili or serving it with tortilla chips. I think either would be really good with this.