Toss the chicken in the flour seasoned with pepper. Fry the bacon in a tablespoon of olive oil in a large non-stick frying pan or saucepan for 3 minutes, stirring frequently until the fat starts to run. Add the chicken and sauté for 5 minutes or until the chicken is sealed. Remove the chicken and bacon with a slotted spoon and set aside. Add the onions, carrots and celery to the pan and sauté until soft adding a little wine or stock. Add the pearl barley and herbs and pour in 600ml of the wine or stock.
Bring to the boil, then cover and simmer for 1 hour. Adding more wine or stock as it is absorbed. Return the chicken and bacon to the pan and continue to simmer for a further 30 minutes or until the pearl barley and chicken is tender. Cut into a thick portion and check that it is cooked through, with no pink showing. Stir occasionally during cooking adding a little more wine or stock if necessary. Serve hot, sprinkled with chopped parsley on top and a selection of your favourite vegetables.
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