Panera is one of my favorite places to get food. It has a wide range of soups and salads that make my heart melt and my stomach happy.
Even though I love Panera, my wallet doesn’t love it that much. Some of the brand’s most famous soups tend to be a bit expensive for people who want to get them every couple of days.
Moreover, if you don’t live near a Panera Bread store, you will also spend money and/or time on gas or simply going there. A delivery service will probably also cost too much money, so what can you do there?
The solution is a “copycat recipe.” Copycat recipes allow people to prepare some of the most popular soups and meals from Panera Bread for a fraction of the cost.
Even though it may take a bit of practice to perfect those recipes, you’re guaranteed to get a similar or identical result in the end!
Today, I’ll walk you through Panera’s chicken noodle soup recipe. The Panera chicken noodle soup offers a traditional yet delicious and comforting flavor that all soup lovers enjoy.
If you have the time to prepare a chicken soup but don’t want to spend money on going to a Panera Bread store, this recipe will be perfect for you.
What Makes the Panera Chicken Noodle Soup Special?
The primary benefit of the Panera chicken noodle soup recipe you’re going to learn here is that you can make it at home! No more long trips to Panera or waiting in long lines.
Since you will be making this chicken noodle soup yourself, you’ll have full control over your ingredients. This recipe, by itself, is already healthy, but if you want to make it even healthier, you can use ingredients like gluten-free pasta.
Contrary to popular belief, you don’t have to get a bunch of ingredients to make a good chicken soup. The key, in this case, is in the simmer process, which I’ll teach you to achieve here.
Another great thing about the Panera chicken noodle soup is that it doesn’t take too long to prepare. Depending on your process, you may take from 20 to 30 minutes, which isn’t too long.
The Panera chicken noodle soup is also known for being an excellent option to get yourself energized after a long day. If you partied a bit too hard the night before, for example, this soup can get you back on track fast!
What Ingredients Do You Need for This Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe?
Consider the following tips if you want to change the ingredients a bit:
- If you don’t like regular egg noodles or want to make a healthier recipe, you can replace them with gluten-free noodles.
- Additionally, if you want a low-sodium variant, consider using low-sodium chicken broth.
- Chicken tenderloins and rotisserie chicken also work if you don’t have boneless and skinless chicken breasts.
- The point of olive oil is to add some healthy fats to your soup. If you don’t have olive oil, you can use either avocado oil or melted butter.
- I suggest you get pre-cut veggies to make the recipe faster. On the other hand, you can chop all your vegetables ahead of time.
- Bay leaves and thyme are enough to prepare Panera’s famous soup, but you can add other seasoning ingredients if you feel like it.
Expert Tips to Cook This Copycat Panera Chicken Noodle Soup Recipe
As you can see, this copycat Panera chicken noodle recipe isn’t as hard as it seems. All it takes is a bit of patience and measuring the ingredients correctly.
Here are a few tips you can consider if you want your copycat chicken noodle soup to be perfect:
- Besides the gluten-free variants, you can also use pasta spirals or elbow pasta if you don’t have egg noodles. However, if you want to achieve the “Panera” chicken noodle soup version, then egg noodles are the way to go.
- In some cases, Panera serves its soup with a side of apples, baguettes, or potato chips. You can do it too if you want. On the other hand, if you want to stay on the “healthy” side, you can also include a salad or cornbread as a side dish.
- The key is not to add the noodles right away. Overcooking your noodles will affect your flavor, so I recommend you add them at least 15 minutes before you serve your soup.
- You can use leftover chicken for this recipe. If you have rotisserie chicken, for example, you can use it instead of chicken breasts. However, since you’re heating leftover chicken, make sure you add it right toward the last step of the recipe if you want to avoid overcooking it.
- Feel free to thicken your broth by adding 1 tsp of xanthan gum.
Cooking the Copycat Panera Chicken Noodle Soup in a Crock Pot
If you don’t have a stovetop, don’t worry; you can also use a crock pot.
Follow these steps:
- Get all your ingredients, except for the noodles, in your crock pot.
- Cook everything on low heat for six to eight hours. Alternatively, you can cook on high heat for three or four hours.
- Take your chicken out and chop or shred it at least 45 minutes before serving your soup. Once you’re done, add it to the pot alongside the noodles.
- Set your crock pot to high heat to finish cooking.
You may take a bit more time to finish this recipe if you use the crock pot method, but you’ll still get amazing results.
Can You Store and Reheat This Homemade Chicken Noodle Soup?
Yes! However, if you’re cooking and plan on having leftovers, I suggest you prepare the noodles separately.
If you store your leftover soup with the noodles in it, you risk the noodles absorbing the liquid.
Instead, what you want to do is take all your soup (except for the noodles) into an airtight container. You can refrigerate it for about four or five days.
On the other hand, you can freeze the soup for up to three months and let it thaw overnight in the fridge once you’re ready to eat it.
When you’re ready to reheat, get all your soup in a saucepan and reheat it.
Cook your noodles separately according to the package instructions, and add them to the soup.
Bottom Line – Get Started with Your Homestyle Chicken Noodle Soup!
Copycat recipes are one of the most efficient ways to keep enjoying your favorite restaurant/cafe’s meals without having to go there or spend that much money.
If you love chicken noodle soups as much as I do, then I highly suggest you try this recipe out.
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This copycat Panera chicken noodle recipe isn’t difficult. All it takes is a bit of patience and measuring the ingredients correctly. Perfect for a cold day!
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Copycat Panera Chicken Noodle Soup
This copycat Panera chicken noodle recipe isn't difficult. All it takes is a bit of patience and measuring the ingredients correctly. Perfect for a cold day!
- 2 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
- 8 c. chicken broth
- 4 carrots, peeled and diced
- 4 celery ribs, sliced
- 2 cloves of garlic, minced
- 2 c. egg noodles
- 2 tsp. olive oil
- 1/2 tsp. dried thyme
- 2 bay leaves
- To get that "Panera" feeling, you should chop chicken for the soup.
- Take a large pot or Dutch oven, and pour olive oil into it. Set your stovetop to "medium heat," and let the oil rest until it gets hot.
- Once you have hot oil, add the onion and garlic. Stir constantly and let them cook for a few minutes.
- Add the carrots, chicken, thyme, celery, bay leaves, and chicken/vegetable broth. Stir everything to create a great mix for your soup.
- Turn your stovetop to "high heat," and let the soup come to a boil.
- Once the chicken noodle soup reaches a boiling point, get your heat to "low," put on your lid, and let it simmer for 15 more minutes, approximately.
- Get the lid off, get the egg noodles in, and stir them. Turn the heat back up to "high."
- Once the soup reaches a boil again, get the heat to "low," and put the lid back on. Let the soup simmer for a few more minutes or until you notice the egg noodles are cooked.
- Finally, remove the bay leaf (or leaves), serve, and enjoy your copycat chicken noodle soup from Panera!
Keep in mind you can use water instead of chicken broth, but the chicken broth will give the soup more flavor.
Amount Per Serving: Calories: 191Total Fat: 5gSaturated Fat: 1gTrans Fat: 0gUnsaturated Fat: 3gCholesterol: 56mgSodium: 1307mgCarbohydrates: 19gFiber: 2gSugar: 3gProtein: 17g