Foodie Friday: Copycat Panera Lentil Quinoa Bowl with Chicken

Copycat Panera Lentil Quinoa Bowl with Chicken + Cage Free Egg {Gluten Free} via @FitFoodieMama

Welcome back to our weekly Foodie Friday link up! I’m linking up with Emily from Whatever Floats Your Oats, Esther from Chocolate Runner Girl, Farrah from Fairyburger and Cassandra from Powered by BLING to create awesome healthy recipes each week!  Also, make sure you hop around to check out all the amazing recipes in this link up and feel free to add your recipes as well! 

This week’s theme is “copycat recipes” from your favorite eatery or restaurant! I was inspired to make this broth bowl after seeing the Chicken Soba Noodle Bowl that Suz from Suzlyfe had recreated.  I honestly hadn’t even heard of the new broth bowls, mostly because I don’t venture out of my house much… SO when I went to Panera recently I was dying to see what they were all about!

Since I am not much of a noodle fan, I opted to try the Lentil Quinoa Bowl with Chicken. It does contain wheat and soy, which I don’t eat, but I really wanted to give it a try just so I could recreate it.  So I got one just to try a taste and see what was in it.  No worries, it didn’t go to waste, my hubby at the 99% of what I didn’t.  

Panera Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl with Chicken

 From the little bit that I did taste, it was pretty yummy and seemed like it would be fairly easy to recreate and make gluten free.  If you look at the list of ingredients on Panera’s website it is quite long…..not something I care for or have time to include in a dish I am making at home.  So naturally, I simplified it because quite frankly I don’t have time to cook a whole chicken and make broth with 50+ ingredients (that is not an exaggeration).  

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Here is what I did to make it simple: bought a gluten free rotisserie chicken, used beef broth instead of soy-miso, flavored it with a few spices and sesame oil, used a can of lentils instead of dried and made it all in one pot.  

I DID leave out one vital component….the tomato sofrito because I totally forgot to buy it when I went grocery shopping- DOH!  You can buy tomato sofrito in a jar and just add some in, I will include it in the ingredients in the recipe along with directions on how you’d add it. 

Anyway, this is how mine came out…

Lentil Quinoa Broth BowlCopycat Panera Lentil Quinoa Broth Bowl with Chicken + Cage Free Egg



  • 1/4 cup of quinoa
  • 1/2 cup of water 
  • 1 14.5 oz can of low sodium beef broth 
  • Sea salt + pepper, to taste
  • Garlic powder, to taste
  • Onion powder, to taste
  • Sprinkle of red pepper flakes 
  • 2-3 tsbp tomato sofrito 
  • 1-2 tsp sesame oil 
  • Splash of lemon juice
  • 1 can of lentils (will not use all), drained and rinsed 
  • 1 cup of fresh mixed spinach and kale 
  • A few slices of lemon pepper rotisserie chicken
  • 1 hard boiled egg, halved  
  • Garnish with a slice of lemon 


  1. In a medium sauce pan bring quinoa and water to a boil.  Once boiling reduce to a simmer and let cook until absorbed. 
  2. Add in beef broth, spices, sofrito, sesame oil, lemon juice and approximately 1/4 cup of lentils then bring to a boil. 
  3. Stir in spinach and kale mixture then reduce to low. 
  4. Ladle mixture into a bowl then top with chicken and hard boiled egg and garnish with a slice of lemon. 
  5. Enjoy!


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Susie @ SuzLyfe
Reply March 20, 2015

looks delicious! I definitely want to try one of the quinoa bowls. Though i don't care for lentils but whatever. I'm honored that I inspired you to try one out and to make the recipe!
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    Thank you!!! I can't believe I forgot the sofrito...I literally haven't had time to think so I am all scatterbrained lately...your copycat looked much better :P

Sue @ This Mama Runs for Cupcakes
Reply March 20, 2015

Ok, so this is so weird. When I got up I came over to add my link but it was already there? How is that possible? This looks yummy, but I've never had lentils before. I've been trying to figure out a way to cook them so they aren't mushy...I've got a weird texture issue.
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Jess @hellotofit
Reply March 20, 2015

After reading Suz's post (and now yours), I STILL haven't made it out to Panera to try one of their broth bowls! This looks nice a nice way to warm up (it's still cold here in VA) :) thanks for sharing!!
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    Is it bad that I don't feel so alone knowing that it is cold in VA? They really area a tasty way to warm up!

Kaila @healthyhelperblog!
Reply March 20, 2015

I APPROVE!! I work at Panera and love the new broth bowls so I'd love to be able to make them at home! This is awesome.

    Reply March 20, 2015

    Yay! So glad to hear that someone working at Panera approves!!! I was so mad that I forgot the sofrito but it really did taste very similar! :)

Reply March 20, 2015

LOVE! These bowls have become my obsession ever since they introduced them. I would love to be able to make my own at home!
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    You can definitely make one at home without too much effort, just need the right ingredients :P

Mary Beth Jackson
Reply March 20, 2015

looks great! I will need to change to chicken broth and I am good- I tried the noodle one at Panera earlier in the week and it upset my tummy really really bad. Beef broth may have been the culprit? Who knows I did not read the 50 ingredients either and thought with a chicken dish I would be safe. I will definitely give this one a try! Good luck this weekend!
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    Oh yeah, you have beef issues right though at Panera they use soy-miso which could have upset your tummy too? Chicken broth could totally work! Thanks so much- I am looking forward to the race even though it is going to be COLD :(

Janelle @ Run With No Regrets
Reply March 20, 2015

This looks really yummy! I've never had a quinoa bowl, I need to get more adventurous with quinoa and give something like this a try!

    Reply March 20, 2015

    Thank you! It was quite yummy- yes, definitely play around with quinoa, so many options!!!

Dannii @ Hungry Healthy Happy
Reply March 20, 2015

I have never been to Panera before, but if this is the kind of thing they serve, then I am going to HAVE to go when I am in the states this summer.
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    Panera is kinda like Starbucks...something you experience once and you're obsessed!

Reply March 20, 2015

This looks great. Looks like something I've had in Japan :)
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    Oooh I bet it was much tastier there :P

Reply March 20, 2015

Looks delicious!! I haven't been to Panera in a long time but thinking about it I should go today since when we got married (13 years ago Monday) we had lunch at Panera the day before, Friday, we got married.
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    Thank you! You definitely need to go to Panera today then, it should be your new anniversary tradition! Ps. Hope you had a great bday and happy anniversary!!!

Alyssa @ RenaissanceRunnerGirl
Reply March 20, 2015

I love quinoa...can't wait to try making this for supper. And it's already GF!
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    Yes and it really is super easy to make!!! Hope you enjoy :)

Deborah @ Confessions of a Mother Runner
Reply March 20, 2015

Interesting combo looks good. I've been wanting to hack some of the Sweetgreen salad bowls. Not sure if that is a nationwide chain or local here. Have great weekend!
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    I have never heard of Sweetgreen but it sounds good! Must be local to you :) Hope you have a great weekend too!

Cassandra @ Powered By BLING
Reply March 20, 2015

I have been leery to try any of Panera's bowls since I don't eat soy either. I like that hubby ate most of it so you could taste it for a recreation. Great idea! I'm going to have to steal that one. I'll be trying your homemade copycat version instead of Panera's version!
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    Reply March 20, 2015

    Thanks! It was worth a taste just to see- it actually isn't bad I just don't really eat soy- it bothers my stomach. Hope you like my version, let me know what you think :)

Montana @ Pretty Lil Mudder
Reply March 20, 2015

Pinned and DEFINITELY trying! I'm so obsessed with these bowls it's not even funny.
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    Reply March 23, 2015

    Haha, well I hope you enjoy!!! :)

Reply March 20, 2015

I think this would be better than panera! yours looks so fresh. Sign me up!
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    Reply March 23, 2015

    Aw, thank you Lindsay! :)

Reply March 20, 2015

I love how simple this is, and how delicious it looks! I've never heard of sofrito, so I'll have to be on the lookout for that next time I'm at the store!

P.S. I kindasorta really want to keep revisiting the "Pinterest Curiosities" + "Copycat Recipes" themes. The possibilities are enddddles! <3

    Reply March 23, 2015

    Omg I know!!! So many things to make! :D

Reply March 21, 2015

Yum!!! That little bowl it's served in looks so cute and tiny ;)

I've never had Panera Bread before but I always see people Instagramming their meals from there....I think I would rather eat yours!
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    Reply March 23, 2015

    Haha, thanks Ariana! Theirs did have a lot of sodium in it- but a lot of their stuff is pretty tasty!

Reply March 21, 2015

YOURS seems much healthier/tastier. Their soup looks sodium laden, I HATE salt soups, and that egg, my goodness its cooked to perfection! And a GF rotisserie chicken, I want to find one of those!
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    Reply March 23, 2015

    It was FULL of sodium! When I looked at the nutrition label online I couldn't believe it!

Abby @ BackAtSquareZero
Reply March 22, 2015

Yummy. Looks awesome. Didn't know Panera had stuff like this now.
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    Reply March 23, 2015

    Me either until I saw someone else post it! They have a ton of stuff on their "hidden menu" too!

Reply March 24, 2015

this looks delicious!!!

    Reply March 24, 2015

    Thank you! :)

Reply October 10, 2015

I've been CRAVING this broth bowl! I got all the ingredients, including the sofrito ;) and just made it! ITS SO DELCIOUS! Thank you!!!

Reply December 9, 2015

wow! looks excellent! I’ll definitely have to try this… thanks for the recipe.Thanks for this information! Best Regards
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