Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Grilled Chicken

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This warm, healthy meal packs a load of nutrients and plenty of simple, rustic flavors. Barley is high in fibers, while chickpeas are legumes that are high in both fiber and protein. Tomatoes contain lycopene, a powerful, natural antioxidant. Grilling the chicken and using just the white meat is a lean and healthy way to get even more protein out of your meal. You’ll love this marvelous salad bursting with nutrition!

Warm Barley, Chickpea, and Tomato Salad with Grilled Chicken

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Yields: 8 servings | Serving Size: 3/4 cup | Calories: 402 | Total Fat: 13 g | Saturated Fat: 3 g | Trans Fat: 0 g | Cholesterol: 32 mg | Sodium: 342 mg | Carbohydrates: 51 g | Dietary Fiber: 10 g | Sugar: 7g | Protein: 21g | SmartPoints (Freestyle): 14


  • 1 cup uncooked barley
  • 12 ounces chicken fillet
  • 2 tablespoons extra virgin olive oil
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 2 cups pre-cooked chickpeas
  • Bunch of fresh sage
  • 3 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
  • Salt
  • Pepper


  1. Over high heat, in a pot of salted water, put the barley and bring to a boil. When it boils, cover and simmer on low heat for 1/2 hour or until tender. Drain, rinse and set aside.
  2. Over medium – high heat, in a hot griddle, grill the chicken for 2 minutes each side if thin or more if the cut is thicker. When they are cooked, chop then set aside.
  3. Over medium heat, in a saucepan with extra virgin olive oil, sautè the tomatoes for 1 minute.
  4. Add the chickpeas, barley and sage. Toss for 5 minutes.
  5. Add the chicken.
  6. Season with the balsamic vinegar, salt and pepper. Toss for 1 minute.
  7. Serve warm.

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3 Comments on "Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Grilled Chicken"

  1. Geraldine  January 8, 2017

    I have Celiac Disease and cannot have barley. How much quinoa would I use as a substitute m

    • Nichole Furlong  January 8, 2017

      Substitute 1 and 1/2 cups of cooked quinoa for the barley.

  2. Anne Hubar  August 21, 2017

    When I import this recipe “Chickpea and Tomato Salad with Grilled Chicken” into my food tracker Fitness Pal the nutritional breakdown is 296 calories per serving and yours is 173 calories. The only thing I changed was a bunch of fresh sage to 2 tsp dried Sage spice and this would reduce the calories. My tracker had sage leaves fresh herb 1/2 cup of leaves at 48 calories versus 2 tsps of dried leaves and it came out at 5 calories.

    I hope this makes sense.


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