Is anything more comforting than a bowl of Panera Bread’s chicken soup on a cold day? This beloved dish is renowned for its hearty ingredients, flavorful broth, and soul-warming qualities. Whether you're a Panera fan or a soup lover looking to elevate your home cooking, this guide will help you recreate this iconic soup in your kitchen.

Panera Chicken Soup


Essential Ingredients:

  • Chicken: 1 lb boneless, skinless chicken breasts or thighs
  • Chicken Broth: 8 cups low-sodium chicken broth
  • Carrots: 3 medium, peeled and sliced
  • Celery: 3 stalks, sliced
  • Onion: 1 medium, diced
  • Garlic: 3 cloves, minced
  • Egg Noodles: 2 cups wide egg noodles
  • Olive Oil: 2 tablespoons
  • Bay Leaves: 2 leaves
  • Salt and Pepper to taste
  • Fresh Parsley for garnish

Customization Options:

  • Healthier Substitutes:
  • Use whole wheat noodles instead of egg noodles.
  • Substitute olive oil with avocado oil.
  • Add extra vegetables like spinach or kale for a nutrient boost.

Preparation Steps

Step 1: Prepare the Chicken

  1. Season the Chicken: Lightly season the chicken breasts or thighs with salt and pepper.
  2. Cook the Chicken:
  • Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium-high heat in a large pot.
  • Add the chicken and cook until browned on both sides, about 5-7 minutes per side.
  • Remove the chicken from the pot and set aside to cool. Once cooled, shred the chicken using two forks.

Step 2: Prep the Vegetables

  1. Dice the Onion and mince the garlic.
  2. Slice the Carrots and Celery into thin rounds.

Step 3: Create the Base

  1. Sauté the Vegetables:
  • In the same pot, heat the remaining 1 tablespoon of olive oil over medium heat.
  • Add the diced onions, carrots, and celery. Cook until the vegetables are tender, about 5-7 minutes.
  • Add the minced garlic and cook for another minute until fragrant.

Cooking Instructions

Step 4: Simmer the Soup

  1. Add the Broth:
  • Pour the chicken broth into the pot with the sautéed vegetables.
  • Add the bay leaves and bring the mixture to a boil.
  1. Simmer:
  • Reduce the heat to low and simmer for 20 minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.

Step 5: Final Touches

  1. Add the Noodles and Chicken:
  • Add the egg noodles to the pot and cook according to the package instructions (usually about 6-8 minutes).
  • Return the shredded chicken to the pot and stir well.
  1. Season to Taste:
  • Taste the soup and adjust the seasoning with additional salt and pepper if needed.

Step 6: Garnish and Serve

  1. Garnish:
  • Ladle the soup into bowls and garnish with freshly chopped parsley.
  1. Serve:
  • For an authentic Panera experience, serve the soup with a slice of crusty bread or a side salad.

Serving and Storage

Presenting Your Soup

  • Authentic Presentation:
  • Serve the soup in large, rustic bowls to mimic the Panera experience.
  • Pair with a warm baguette or a fresh green salad.

Storage Tips

  1. Storing Leftovers:
  • Allow the soup to cool completely before transferring it to airtight containers.
  • Store in the refrigerator for up to 3 days or freeze for up to 3 months.
  1. Reheating:
  • Reheat the soup on the stove over medium heat until heated through. If the soup is too thick, add a splash of chicken broth or water to reach the desired consistency.


Recreating Panera’s chicken soup at home is not only a fun culinary challenge but also a rewarding way to enjoy a beloved classic in the comfort of your own kitchen. Give this recipe a try and share your results with us! Feel free to explore other Panera-inspired recipes on our blog or visit your nearest Panera Bread to taste the original.

Happy cooking!

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