Teriyaki Chicken Barley Salad; watchful owl

Now that we are free to travel more than 100 km from home we are heading to the Asian Supermarket.

It’s summer and I am out of, or almost out of, hoisin sauce, oyster sauce, teriyaki sauce, 2 kinds of soy sauce and lots of stuff I won’t know I need until I see it.

We haven’t decided yet if we’re going to indulge in lunch there. We’re not sure if we are ready for that.

But I’ll definitely get a few things ‘to go’. We haven’t had any proper nems in months. And samosas. And chicken wings. And shrimp rolls. We can have an Asian tapas dinner – in France.

There was a time when I only got this excited over a shoe sale…..

In the meantime – for a change from the usual pasta salad, why not try a barley salad.

I get a quick-cooking barley here, that only takes about 15 minutes. I love it.

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Teriyaki Chicken Barley Salad

Quick-cooking barley has been steamed / partially cooked so that it cooks in about 15 minutes, rather than an hour. It is as good as, and as nutritious as the regular, pearl barley.

  • Author: Katie
  • Prep Time: 10 minutes
  • Cook Time: 15 minutes
  • Total Time: 25 minutes
  • Yield: 2 servings 1x
  • Category: Salads


  • 2 chicken breasts, boneless, skinless
  • 3 tbs Teriyaki sauce or marinade
  • 2/3 cup (3oz, 90gr) barley, quick cooking
  • 1 1/3 cups (11oz, 330gr) chicken stock
  • 15oz (450gr) red kidney beans, rinsed, drained
  • 1/2 green bell pepper  or any other color, chopped
  • 1/2 cup green olives, 12 – 16, sliced in half
  • 12 tomatoes, sliced, slices cut in half or quarters
  • 2 tbs fresh basil, chopped
  • 2 tbs fresh chives, chopped
  • Teriyaki Vinaigrette
  • 1 tbs Dijon-style mustard
  • 1 tbs Balsamic vinegar
  • 1 tbs Teriyaki sauce or marinade
  • 2 tbs olive oil


  • Chicken:
  • Spoon the Teriyaki sauce over the chicken breasts and set aside to marinate for a few minutes. 
  • When ready, cook on barbecue grill for 10 – 12 minutes, turning once or under broiler for same amount of time or sauté in non-stick skillet for 12 – 15 minutes, until done. 
  • When done, let rest a few minutes.
  • Barley:
  • Cook barley in chicken stock according to package directions. 
  • Teriyaki Vinaigrette
  • Whisk mustard, vinegar and Teriyaki together in a small bowl. 
  • Drizzle in olive oil, whisking constantly, until thickened.
  • To finish: 
  • Slice chicken breasts. 
  • Fluff barley, drain if needed. 
  • Combine all ingredients in a large bowl. 
  • Add vinaigrette, stir gently to combine and serve.


If you don’t have quick-cooking barley and don’t want to wait for the old-style, you could substitute rice or a small – medium pasta.Quick


  • Serving Size: 1/2 recipe
  • Calories: 909
  • Sugar: 9.6 g
  • Sodium: 1424.5 mg
  • Fat: 22.5 g
  • Saturated Fat: 4.2 g
  • Trans Fat: 0 g
  • Carbohydrates: 109.2 g
  • Fiber: 24.7 g
  • Protein: 68.5 g
  • Cholesterol: 124.1 mg
Teriyaki Chicken Barley Salad

Mon mari has been trimming some trees by the corner of our house, near my old, but still viable, herb garden.

I was going out to get some marjoram the other night and I noticed that one of the fence-posts was higher than the others.

I thought he must have set something on top and then forgotten about it.


I went back for my camera.

Often, what I can’t see with my own eyes shows up nicely in a photo.

Here he is….

owl close

Beautiful, isn’t he?

He sat there, quietly, watching me watching him.

Then he flew away – so silent, so graceful, so elegant.

I love owls.

6 thoughts on “Teriyaki Chicken Barley Salad; watchful owl”

  1. Oh seeing that owl would have been such a highlight. I don’t think I have ever seen one in the wild

    • I have seen one on our roof before but this was the first time I got close to one – for for a few minutes which was really amazing.

  2. We are going to wait a few more weeks before venturing into Bordeaux. Like you my stocks from the Asian supermarket are running low but at least I was able to get the preserved ginger for my husband’s favourite biscuits from the spice stall in our local market.

    Owls are amazing creatures . A Barn Owl over-wintered in our barn for a couple of winters before we moved here. We never saw it but it added to the patina of our 2CV! Years ago we raised a Barn Owl fledgling at the same time as we had a kitten – the interaction between the two was most interesting. We have also been fortunate to have a Giant Eagle Owl take up day time residence for a week on two different occasions, in a large tree outside the front door of our previous home. The other birds were most upset but he ignored them completely and only moved just before dusk each evening.

    • We didn’t venture in to far – doc rdv, and Eurasie was all. But I’m well supplied again.
      Owls are fascinating. But you had a kitten and an owl at the same time? Wow! We hear one often now in the evening – I assume it’s the same one I saw.

  3. In our previous house that backed to a nature center, we would watch them flying through the trees at night. I missed that. When we moved here, we hear them occasionally, but I hadn’t seen one. Then last fall, I was looking across the road and like you, thought someone had worked on the phone pole because there was a huge piece added onto the top east side of the pole just above the crossbeam. As I turned to get my binoculars, it moved, then spread its wings and flew at the house, just going over the top. Biggest owl I’ve ever seen and I feel so lucky to have watched it.

    I never thought to use barley like this, but I think I’d like it more than pasta in this instance.

    • We often see them as props in the bird display’s at summer festivals. To see one in nature was truly wonderful. He watched me so intently. The hubs had just trimmed the trees there so he may have been there more often but never visible before. I hope we didn’t spoil his hunting perch.

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