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

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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. 

Conclusions

  • 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
Components
  1. 2 grilled or baked chicken breasts with Asian marinade
  2. 2 oz dry soba noodles (or preferred amount)
Vegetables
  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
Instructions
  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!
Notes
  1. These are mere suggestions for ingredient amounts--adjust as fits you!
Suzlyfe http://suzlyfe.com/
 Have you had Panera’s Broth bowls yet? What do you like to order from Panera? Any good copycat recipes to share? 

    • 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…

      • 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!

  1. 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

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

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

  2. 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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    • 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.

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

  3. 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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  4. 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!

  5. 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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  6. 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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  7. 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˜€
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    • Exactly. So get over here so that I can take you on a food discovery odyssey, and then we can trade off!

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  9. 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?!

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

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  14. 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!

  15. 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.

    • 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!

  16. 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!

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