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Copycat Panera Broth Bowl Recipe + Review of the Real Thing

Hey Friends! Happy Wednesday! This Sunday, after working on taxes and laundry (well, Alex was, who knows what I was doing), Alex and I ventured out into the brief moment of sun for a breath of “fresh” air and a Panera date. When I posted this picture on IG, so many of you mentioned that you had been wanting to try out the broth bowls that I thought I would do a more in-depth review of my meal and also offer up a copycat recipe!

Linking up with Jess, Annmarie, Farrah, and Esther for Foodie Friday!

Panera Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl Review


Image From Panera

Though I am not a big noodle person in general, every now and then I get in the mood for noodles, specifically soba (buckwheat), rice, or lo-mein (egg white). I love soy and ginger flavors, and yes please to umami, so I obviously was drawn to the dish! Included is cabbage, mushrooms, spinach, chicken, sesame seeds, soba noodles (duh) and soy-miso broth. So far, all things I like. 

What I liked about it:

  • The broth is great. Seriously, well balanced with great umami flavors and not to soy-salty.
  • The price is high (around $9) but the portion is quite generous. This sucker will fill you up.
  • I liked the presentation and layering of it–like a combination of a straightforward pasta dish and a pho (but with less broth).
  • I really liked the veggies that they chose to use. 
  • Option to add a side house/caesar/Greek salad for $3. I exercised said option because I like to have the refreshment factor.

More critical thoughts:

  • HOLY NOODLES BATMAN. Lots of noodles. Like a whole lot of them. Too many for me. 
  • Would like a more balanced ratio of noodles and veggies.
  • They give you a legit ladle to eat the thing with. I hate big spoons, but honestly I needed it. But let’s be honest, you can’t fit that in your mouth (and yes. TWHS).
  • They need to have a smaller size, for real. This would have been great as a dinner portion, but for lunch it was just way too much. And I had it after my long run. (Though it was perfect for recovery with protein, carbs, fiber, and salt! Luckily I had gotten in my fats earlier with a pb oatmeal and Greek yogurt extravaganza.
  • So. Many. Sides. You get a side for it, a side for the salad, and Alex ended up with 2 sides because he got a sandwich and a cup of soup. 
  • The “half” salad is ginormous. 


  • I’m a fan! But I think that unless they come out with a smaller lunch portion, I won’t get it mid-day. I might get it again if we go for dinner though. Or, in all likelihood? I’ll make it myself at home for $4 bucks. 
  • I was nervous about a puny portion for a lot of money, but I was wrong–they load you up! 
  • Quite good stats, and a very good recovery meal, with just under 400 calories, 31 g of protein, 9 g fat, 3 g fiber, and 1340 mg sodium (could be a bit much, but if you are training and you make sure to not go crazy the rest of the day, should be fine). 

copycat panera broth bowl chicken soba recipe suzlyfe

Now, how you can make it yourself with my Copycat Panera  Broth Bowl recipe with chicken and soba noodles!

Copycat Panera Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl
Serves 2
Cut costs in half and make your own! Copycat Panera Chicken Soba Noodle Broth Bowl. Make vegetarian with tempeh or seitan!
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Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
Prep Time
10 min
Cook Time
10 min
Total Time
20 min
  1. 2 grilled or baked chicken breasts with Asian marinade
  2. 2 oz dry soba noodles (or preferred amount)
  1. 1-2 cups fresh spinach
  2. 1/2 cups sliced cabbage (Napa or other)
  3. 1 medium carrot, raw, shredded or chopped
  4. 1/3 white onion, sliced or chopped
  5. 1/4 cup red bell pepper, chopped
  6. 1/4 cup sliced cremini (baby bella) mushrooms
  7. 2 cloves garlic, sliced
Soy-Miso Broth
  1. 1/4 cup soy sauce or liquid aminos (lite soy is better to watch sodium; aminos even better)
  2. 2 tsp sesame oil
  3. 1 Tbsp Gochujang or 1/2 tsp sriracha
  4. 1/2-1 Tbsp red miso paste (to taste. or use miso of preference) OR 1 Tbsp Worchestershire Sauce
  5. 1/2 Tbsp brown sugar
  6. 1-2 Tbsp lime juice
  7. 1/2 tsp Red Pepper Flake
  8. 1 tsp dry Basil
  9. 1 tsp dry Cilantro
  10. 1 tsp Ginger Powder
  11. 1 tsp Garlic Powder
  12. 1 cup water
Finishing elements
  1. Sesame seeds
  2. Fresh cilantro (chopped)
  3. Sriracha
  4. Avocado, sliced
  1. Saute onions and red bell pepper in medium saute pan over medium heat and season with salt. Add mushroom after about 2 minutes. Add cabbage, and carrot after another 2 mintues Add garlic last (about 2 more minutes), season once more with salt and pepper, cook until fragrant (about 2 minutes), then remove from heat and transfer to separate bowl.
  2. If chicken hasn't been cooked yet, season chicken with salt, pepper, and soy/aminos and then cook in veggie pan. When finished, let rest for a few minutes and then slice.
  3. Cook pasta according to package instruction (generally, boil for 4-6 minutes, drain, and then rinse with cold water. **retain pasta water to thin sauce as needed.
  4. Prepare broth by whisking together the various elements (save for the water) and bring to temperature in a small sauce pan while noodles cook. Sugar and miso should break down (bring to a light simmer). Continue whisking. Add pasta water to thin out.
To build bowl
  1. Combine noodles, sauteed vegetables, and spinach in serving bowl. Place sliced chicken over top noodles and pour hot broth over top.
  2. Finish with sesame seeds, fresh cilantro, and sliced avocado. Enjoy!
  1. These are mere suggestions for ingredient amounts--adjust as fits you!
 Have you had Panera’s Broth bowls yet? What do you like to order from Panera? Any good copycat recipes to share? 

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  • Reply CARLA

    it is sleeeeting outside my door.
    IM SO SO SO IN to try this πŸ™‚
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    February 25, 2015 at 5:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Aren’t you in Texas πŸ˜‰

      February 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm
    • Reply Ellie

      OMG pure deliciousness! I made it and it was super amazing! I go to Panera all the time for this soup but yours is much, much better and cheaper. Thanks for sharing! I can add whatever I want and it’s amazing. My sister can’t eat hot stuff and I didn’t add it but it was just as good. I added sriracha to my own bowl, wow…

      September 21, 2015 at 6:47 pm
      • Reply suzlyfe

        Thank you! I love this recipe–and you are dead on when you say that this way you can make it just how you like it!

        September 22, 2015 at 5:21 am
  • Reply Farrah

    I like this recipe card!

    + thank you for sharing a copycat recipe of this! I’m too cheap to go out to eat, so it’ll be awesome to get to recreate this at home! <3

    February 25, 2015 at 5:38 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yeah, I think I am going to stick with this recipe card–I like that I can just integrate it in there.

      February 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Bagels to Broccoli

    I’ve been wanting to try the Panera bowls but didn’t know if they’d be worth it, so I really appreciated this review! I’m not a fan of mushrooms I’d definitely exclude them, but othewise I’d definitely want to try it!
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    February 25, 2015 at 6:00 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      That’s why it’s even better when you make it yourself–I don’t know if you could get it without mushrooms otherwise!

      February 26, 2015 at 1:02 pm
  • Reply meredith@ The Cookie ChRUNicles

    I always get nervous that their portions won’t fill me! I am glad you say they are a good serving size. I have had my eye on the quinoa bowls without the chicken/egg so maybe one of these days I will try it. I usually get the veggie sandwich or the power hummus bowl without the chicken. I don’t eat there often though anymore at all, but I do work from there at least once or twice a week and enjoy the coffee!
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    February 25, 2015 at 6:04 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It’s a nice fall back for Alex and I when we are short on food (usually we go before going to the grocery store). And it is a nice and cozy place to do work, for sure.

      February 26, 2015 at 1:01 pm
  • Reply Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie

    Is this new at Panera or is my local Panera just slacking on the options?
    Stacie @ SimplySouthernStacie recently posted…Sometimes…My Profile

    February 25, 2015 at 6:33 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Newer but your panera might just be slacking lol

      February 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Julie @ Running in a Skirt

    This looks so yummy! I think the broth hasn’t quite tricked down to my Panera yet either. Love you version, regardless!
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    February 25, 2015 at 6:45 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, now you don’t have to wait!

      February 26, 2015 at 1:00 pm
  • Reply Sam @ PancakeWarriors

    Yum Suz!! Love that you made a copycat that I can vegetarianize because this is exactly my kind of dish. It’s going to snow here tonight. I think I’ll be eating this to stay warm!
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    February 25, 2015 at 6:55 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I can’t wait to see your version!

      February 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy

    I looooove noodle bowls. Just throw everything in and enjoy the deliciousness.
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    February 25, 2015 at 6:57 am
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      February 26, 2015 at 12:59 pm
  • Reply Taca @ A Side Of Dessert

    I have yet to try this dish at Panera but I will keep an eye out for it. Thanks for sharing the recipe though! I love a good copy cat recipe!
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    February 25, 2015 at 6:58 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I rarely go all out and do a copycat but this and the nam sod are probably my favorite copycat version.

      February 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Michele

    I love copycat recipes! I used to go to Panera all the time growing up since it was right in town. Their cinnamon crunch bagel has a spot in my heart, along with the bread bowls. I actually own the panera bread cook book! Haven’t used it in a while, but still πŸ™‚
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    February 25, 2015 at 7:04 am
  • Reply Katie @ Live Half Full

    I’ve been wanting to try things. The commercials are so good, but I’ve yet to give in. I’m glad you did so I could read an honest review!
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    February 25, 2015 at 7:23 am
    • Reply Katie @ Live Half Full

      And by things I mean this… apparently I’m not awake yet! πŸ™‚
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      February 25, 2015 at 7:24 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        Hey, whether you mean this or things, either way I was supportive of it πŸ˜€ And you know me, I am always honest.

        February 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Annmarie

    Personally, I think yours sounds much better- I am a fan of homemade soups over restaurant anyway!
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    February 25, 2015 at 7:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, I thank you for the vote of confidence!

      February 26, 2015 at 12:58 pm
  • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

    I haven’t tried this at Panera, but it looks like something I’d usually enjoy, so I may have to make a stop there soon and do my own taste test! I love when I get recipes I can make at home that are the same/similar as a place I like to eat at, that way, I know exactly what is going into it and my body! Plus, its a warm dish and I need all the warmth I can get these days! Have a great day lady!

    February 25, 2015 at 7:40 am
    • Reply Sara @ lifebetweenthemiles

      Random ?–where do you get liquid aminos? Regular grocery store? Hmm..

      February 25, 2015 at 7:42 am
      • Reply suzlyfe

        Health food section of groceries (or WFM)

        February 26, 2015 at 12:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was perfect for a chilly day–super filling, satisfying, and warming.

      February 26, 2015 at 12:57 pm
  • Reply Pragati // Simple Medicine

    I’m a big fan of broth bowls with lots of veggies. Pho, ramen, soba – all things I love. I posted this ramen recipe last week, which is a copycat of my favorite ramen dish:
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    February 25, 2015 at 7:48 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      mmmmm I’m all about the broth. I wish I was as into the noodles. So Pho is probs my fave.

      February 26, 2015 at 12:56 pm
  • Reply Shawna

    i haven’t been to a Panera in a hot second, so i wasn’t aware of this guy…and i’m not into soups or noodles so much, so okay this wouldn’t work so well for me. BUT but but but what i do love is that you go and create your own versions of stuff and totally rock it. that ingredient list for the sauce alone makes me nervous and i’m pretty sure i’d have zero idea where to find any of those in a supermarket. HELP.
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    February 25, 2015 at 8:08 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahahaha so basically you love me and the idea of making things but everything else is out πŸ˜‰

      February 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Jen @ Pretty Little Grub

    We don’t have Panera here which is very sad. But looks like I can make my own now πŸ™‚

    February 25, 2015 at 8:22 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I’m just looking out for you!

      February 26, 2015 at 12:55 pm
  • Reply Charlotte @ Commitness to Fitness

    Lol — “HOLY NOODLES BATMAN. Lots of noodles. Like a whole lot of them. Too many for me. ” This would top my “Pros” list πŸ™‚ But yes everything else I agree with — love your copycat recipe!! The soy-miso broth sounds amazing.
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    February 25, 2015 at 8:49 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      I wish I was a major noodle person, but I would rather have all the veggies haha. I’m ok with it.

      February 26, 2015 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Lisa @ Running Out Of Wine

    I haven’t even heard of Panera’s broth bowls! I would have been concerned about them being too salty so its good to know that it wasn’t an issue for you. I would probably prefer to use your recipe to make my own . $9 is alot and I would probably want to get a side salad as well!
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    February 25, 2015 at 9:07 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      We had a $2 off coupon through my Panera so that helped but I agree– they are $$. Make it yourself!

      February 26, 2015 at 12:54 pm
  • Reply Jill

    I have a couple Panera gift cards from Christmas and I’ve been wanting to try these. They keep sending me the emails with the photos of them. Ok ok I get it! Ha. Also I love salty broth. Yum!
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    February 25, 2015 at 9:21 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      mmmmmmmm i drank the broth. All about that.

      February 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply lindsay

    i have to be in the mood for noodles too! but broth, yes i can totally dig that, anytime. Will have to try
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    February 25, 2015 at 11:15 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Let me know what you think! I bet you would do a killer rendition πŸ˜€

      February 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Erin @ Erin's Inside Job

    I have not had this but it looks quite appetizing. I am not in the mood for Asian flavors that often, but when I am I may have to swing by Panera. Sweet recipe too!
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    February 25, 2015 at 11:32 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thanks! Well, considering you just had Nobu, I guess it might be awhile, huh?

      February 26, 2015 at 12:53 pm
  • Reply Kay @ Kay Bueno

    Yum. I get the weirdest panera cravings. Too bad SF isn’t super friendly to chain restaurants. πŸ™
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    February 25, 2015 at 12:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Yes but you have magical other restaurants!

      February 26, 2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Ang @ Nutty for Life

    I am glad you went and tried these because I was wondering what the verdict was on them! I think I’ll give them a shot… hopefully I don’t blow up like a sodium balloon though. Perhaps I’ll save it for a long run day in the near future.
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    February 25, 2015 at 3:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Perfect post long run food, especially if you add the avocado.

      February 26, 2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Jess @hellotofit

    I love soba noodles, but I’m “meh” about Panera. I find the food so salty :(. Love that you created a recipe though! Pinning this for future cooking.
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    February 25, 2015 at 6:31 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Excellent! Let me know how it works out for you!

      February 26, 2015 at 12:52 pm
  • Reply Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes

    OMG, I had this for the first time yesterday and LOVED it. Mine actually had a good mix of noodle and veggies. I was thinking how I could make it at home and had no idea, thanks so much for taking the guess work out of it for me πŸ˜‰
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    February 25, 2015 at 7:15 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was meant to be!

      February 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply

    I love this recipe you! πŸ™‚

    There’s a few ingredients I might struggle to get here in Scotland so I might have to improvise and get the nearest I can, but that’s what it’s all about isn’t it? So I’m pinning this and will do some further investigation.

    You know I don’t know why we just don’t have the same ingredients available on both sides of the Atlantic, but I suppose that’s why we travel to try out these eh? πŸ˜€ recently posted…Jack LinkҀ™s Meat SnacksMy Profile

    February 26, 2015 at 12:31 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Exactly. So get over here so that I can take you on a food discovery odyssey, and then we can trade off!

      February 26, 2015 at 12:51 pm
  • Reply Cassie

    I’m so out of the loop I didn’t even KNOW Panera had broth bowls… I have to go find a Panera now…
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    February 26, 2015 at 12:37 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Slash just make your own silly.

      February 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Courtney @ Eat Pray Run DC

    i tried their lentil broth bowl and really really liked it! you should do a copycat recipe for that! hint, hint (meaning i’m currently too lazy to do it myself). xx
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    February 26, 2015 at 9:42 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Bahaha if I liked lentils I would help you out there. But alas, I do not…

      February 26, 2015 at 12:50 pm
  • Reply Lauren @ ihadabiglunch

    Your instagram of this the other day made me so hungry!! It looks amazing. Makes me want to go to Slupring Turtle again soon! But a copycat recipe is always more than welcome πŸ™‚
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    February 26, 2015 at 3:56 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Well, if you ever do your eating in challenge again–there you go!

      March 2, 2015 at 11:12 am
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  • Reply Mary Beth Jackson

    I was so eyeballing that dish on Friday- I whipped thru Panera Bread on the way to work (shhh- had a touch of wine flu) – how funny that you posted on it! Great job on the copycat recipe so gonna work on this! Hope you are having fun in Arizona!
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    February 28, 2015 at 4:47 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      It was a great weekend! And hey–we all have the wine flu from time to time πŸ˜‰

      March 2, 2015 at 11:12 am
  • Reply JC

    So I stumbled on this post because I coincidentally posted the same recipe on the same day! I mean really what are the odds of that?!

    March 3, 2015 at 6:23 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      OMG that is too funny? At least we know that we weren’t copycatting each other hhahaha and ps great minds think alike!

      March 3, 2015 at 8:56 am
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  • Reply Mary Smith

    So happy to find this recipe. I love the original. If you take it home, you get enough for 3 meals. It is one of those dishes that taste better the second day.

    To get around the spoon issue, use chopstickes and just sip the broth from the bowl. Soooooo much easier!

    May 28, 2015 at 12:27 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      hahaha Don’t worry, I did that too!

      June 1, 2015 at 2:12 pm
  • Reply Lynn Richards

    I just tried the Panera version last week and was so happy to find your copycat version. I ended up adding 3 cups of pasta liquid to the soy broth and I am in heaven!!!! This will be a staple in our home.

    July 7, 2015 at 9:02 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you so much! I’m glad that you liked it–It really is a great dish, and i love being able to customize it as I want to!

      July 9, 2015 at 11:26 am
  • Reply Ildi

    Fantastic recipe. Tastes better than panera!!! This is a keeper in my house from now on!

    September 27, 2015 at 11:14 am
    • Reply suzlyfe

      WOW! What a compliment! Thank you so much! #warmfuzzies

      September 28, 2015 at 5:36 am
  • Reply Amber

    I haven’t been inside of a panera since my celiac diagnosis…but this looks legit. MORE IMPORTANTLY, I LOVE YOUR REDESIGN OF YOUR WEBSITE, glad to see you back to your suz self and I hope you have healed or are still healing from your injury!

    February 7, 2016 at 5:59 pm
    • Reply suzlyfe

      Thank you Amber! I am so happy that you are doing so well!

      February 8, 2016 at 1:38 pm

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