Panera Bread (called St. Louis Bread Company in the St. Louis metropolitan area) is a chain of bakery–cafĂ© quick casual restaurants in the United States and Canada that sells breads, sandwiches, soups, salads, and other bakery items. This site will provide copycat recipes and recipes using products sold at the Panera Bread restaurants. Panera Bread Co. has 1,736 bakery cafes in 45 states and Canada under the Panera Bread, Saint Louis Bread Co. and Paradise Bakery & Cafe brands.

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Sonoma Chicken Stew


SONOMA CHICKEN STEW
Panera Restaurant Recipe 

1 quart chicken broth, homemade preferred
4-5 cups water depending on how far you want to stretch it
1 cup cream or half and half,
3 stalks celery, chopped
1 pound carrots sliced
1 cup of frozen peas
1 cup of frozen, cut green beans
salt and pepper to taste
2 tablespoons cold water and your thickening agent of choice (about 4 tablespoons)
1-2 pounds chicken breasts, boiled or pan fried in butter, chopped up into bite size pieces after cooking

Boil the broth in a large stock pot, add in water and bring to boil again. Add in celery and carrots, simmer until they are starting to soften then add in peas and green beans. Blend in cream and salt and pepper to taste, simmer. In a small bowl, combine flour or corn starch with cold water. In a steady stream, pour into soup and stir constantly while you do. If you'd still like yours to be thicker, repeat the process. Simmer.

While the soup had been simmering,  pan fry some chicken breasts in butter. Cut the chicken into bite size pieces and add it into the soup. Let the soup stew while you make the biscuits. Once the biscuits are done, place one in a large soup bowl and ladle stew over it. Salt and pepper may be added for taste once again.

Asian Sesame Power Salad


Asian Sesame Power Salad
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

1/2 cup Panera Bread Asian Sesame Vinaigrette Dressing
1 teaspoon fresh ginger grated (or 1/2 tsp. ground ginger)
1/2 teaspoon ground turmeric
8 ounce bag baby kale and baby spinach blend
10 ounce bag broccoli slaw
1 peeled mandarin orange (or 1 cup canned mandarin oranges, drained)
1/2 cup wasabi coated peas (optional)
kosher salt and black pepper (optional)

In small bowl, whisk the ginger and turmeric into the dressing. In large bowl, toss baby greens and broccoli slaw with the dressing mixture. Add the orange and peas, if desired. Season to taste, toss and serve.  Serves 4.

Tip: Add snow peas or snap peas for a sweet crunch.

Southwest Carnitas Salad


Southwest Carnitas Salad
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

8 ounces roasted pork
8 cups mixed greens
1/2 cup cooked corn kernels, fresh or frozen
1 cup canned black beans, low sodium, rinsed and drained
1 cup grape tomatoes, halved lengthwise
1/3 cup Panera Bread Southwest Caesar Dressing
1/2 cup corn tortilla chips, crumbled
chopped avocado and fresh, chopped cilantro (optional)

Warm pork according to directions, then cut into bite size pieces or shred. Cover and set aside.

In mixing bowl, combine greens, corn, beans, tomatoes, and dressing. Gently toss. Divide salad among plates. Top with pork and tortilla chips, and garnish with avocado and cilantro, if desired. Serves 4.

Chopped Kale Salad


Chopped Kale Salad
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

6 cups kale (bagged prewashed, chopped kale saves times)
2 cups romaine
1/3 cup Panera Bread Balsamic Vinaigrette
1/2 cup seedless red grapes, cut in half
1/4 cup feta cheese, crumbled
1/3 cup walnuts, toasted

Gently combine all ingredients in large mixing bowl and toss well. Serves 4.

Tip: Vary your fruit, nuts and cheese – try diced pear or pistachios, or whisk 2 to 3 tablespoons cherry preserves into vinaigrette and pair with dried cherries and goat cheese. 

Warm Steak and Spinach Salad


Warm Steak and Spinach Salad
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

2 tablespoons olive oil
1 cup onion, thinly sliced
2 cups sliced mushrooms
12 ounces seared sirloin
8 cups baby spinach
1/2 cup Panera Bread Balsamic Vinaigrette
4 tablespoons parmesan cheese, freshly grated

Heat oil in a nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add onions and mushrooms and cook for 2 to 3 minutes, without stirring. Add sirloin slices and cook 1 to 2 minutes. Place spinach in large serving bowl and top with steak mixture. Return pan to burner over low heat. Add the dressing and heat for 45 to 60 seconds. Pour over salad and gently toss. Garnish with parmesan cheese. Serves 4.

Harvest Grain Salad with Turkey


Harvest Grain Salad with Turkey
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

2 cups microwavable rice or whole grains
1 cup dried fruit and nut mix
1/2 cup grapes, cut in half
1/4 cup Panera Bread Balsamic Vinaigrette
3 cups baby spinach
9 ounces roasted turkey, slices separated
2-3 tablespoons green onions, sliced (optional)

Microwave rice according to package directions. In medium bowl, gently toss cooked rice, fruit and nut mix, grapes and vinaigrette. Serve with spinach and turkey. Garnish with green onions. Serves 3.

Turkey Artichoke Panini


Turkey Artichoke Panini
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

1 loaf Panera Bread French Baguette, thawed
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/3 cup red onion, sliced
6 ounces roasted turkey, slices separated
1/3 cup spinach and artichoke dip, any brand
1/4 cup roasted red peppers, sliced
1/2 cup baby spinach

Heat panini press or oven to 375 degrees. Heat large nonstick skillet over medium-high heat. Add olive oil, then onions, and cook for 5 minutes, stirring occasionally. Add the turkey slices and cook 1 to 2 minutes to warm through. Cut baguette lengthwise into top and bottom halves. Spread each with dip. On bottom half, layer turkey and onions, peppers, spinach, and top half. Slice into 3 sandwiches. Toast in panini press or warm in oven, 3 to 5 minutes.

Turkey Caprese Sandwich


Turkey Caprese Sandwich
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

1 loaf Panera Bread French Baguette, thawed 30 minutes
1/4 cup Panera Bread Balsamic Vinaigrette
6 ounces roasted turkey
1 large tomato, sliced thick
3 ounces fresh mozzarella, sliced
4 leaves fresh basil, sliced

Cut the baguette lengthwise into top and bottom halves, then into 4 sandwiches, and lightly toast.
Drizzle all slices with dressing. On 4 bottom halves, layer turkey slices, tomato, mozzarella, basil and top halves. Serves 4.

Turkey Bacon & Apple Sandwich


Turkey Bacon & Apple Sandwich
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

3 slices apple wood smoked bacon
1 loaf Panera Bread French Baguette, thawed
1 cup baby greens
2 tablespoons Panera Bread Fuji Apple Dressing
1 Fuji apple, diced in 1/2 inch pieces
8 ounces roasted turkey or cooked chicken breasts, thinly sliced

Cut baguette lengthwise into top and bottoms halves, then into 3 sandwiches, and lightly toast. In small bowl, toss bacon, greens, dressing, and diced apple. Layer salad mixture and turkey between sandwich halves. Serves 3.

BBQ Pork Sandwich


BBQ Pork Sandwich
Panera Bread Restaurant Recipe

1 Panera Bread French Baguette, thawed
1 cup packaged cabbage slaw mix
1/4 cup Panera Bread Asiago Ranch Dressing
8 oz. Panera Bread Roasted Pork, shredded
1/3 cup barbecue sauce
2 tablespoons chopped fresh cilantro (optional)

Cut baguette lengthwise into top and bottoms halves, then into 3 sandwiches, and lightly toast.

In small bowl, mix slaw with dressing.

Heat skillet over medium heat, add pork and barbecue sauce. Cook 3 to 4 minutes, stirring often. Divide among sandwich bottoms. Top with slaw mixture and cilantro. Serves 3.