Panera’s Chicken Pasta Salad Copycat Recipe

Step into the realm of culinary magic as we recreate the beloved flavors of Panera Bread’s iconic Chicken Pasta Salad. Bursting with freshness and flavor, this recipe captures the essence of Panera’s renowned dish, allowing you to savor its deliciousness in the comfort of your own home. Let’s embark on this culinary journey together and indulge in the exquisite taste of Copycat Panera Bread Chicken Pasta Salad!

Panera chicken pasta recipe

This is the perfect salad to prep in advance for a light lunch, side dish, or potluck dish to share. You will love the blend of spices, fresh vegetables and the perfect al dente pasta.

Jump to Recipe

Panera’s Chicken Pasta Copycat Recipe

Cook Time20 minutes
Course: Chicken
Servings: 4


  • 2 cups cooked shredded chicken
  • 2 cups whole grain penne pasta
  • 1 cup cherry tomatoes, halved
  • 1 half red onion, thinly sliced
  • 1/4 cup soy sauce
  • 1/4 cup Parmesan cheese, plus extra for garnish
  • 2-3 Sprigs fresh basil
  • 1 tbsp Dijon mustard
  • 2 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 tbsp olive oil
  • 1 tsp salt
  • 1/2 tsp black pepper
  • 1 tsp Italian seasoning blend


  • Craft the Signature Dressing:In a small bowl, whisk together the soy sauce, Dijon mustard, minced garlic, olive oil, salt, black pepper, and Italian seasoning blend. Set aside to allow the flavors to meld, infusing the dressing with a tantalizing aroma.
  • Cook the Pasta to Perfection:Bring a pot of salted water to a boil and cook the whole grain penne pasta according to package instructions until al dente. Once cooked, drain the pasta and rinse it under cold water to halt the cooking process. This ensures that the pasta maintains its perfect texture for the salad.
  • Embrace the Harmony of Ingredients:In a large mixing bowl, combine the cooked shredded chicken, halved cherry tomatoes, thinly sliced red onion, and chopped fresh basil. Add the cooked penne pasta to the bowl, creating a symphony of colors and flavors.
  • Coat with the Signature Dressing:Drizzle the prepared dressing over the chicken and pasta mixture, gently tossing to ensure that every ingredient is enveloped in the delectable flavors of Panera's signature dressing. Let the salad marinate for a few minutes, allowing the flavors to meld.
  • Present Your Culinary Masterpiece:Transfer the Chicken Pasta Salad to a serving platter or individual bowls, sprinkling a generous amount of grated Parmesan cheese over the top for an extra touch of indulgence. Garnish with fresh basil leaves to add a vibrant pop of color and freshness.
Tried this recipe?Mention @mymommystyle or tag #mymommystyle!

Panera Bread Chicken Pasta Salad Recipe FAQ’s

How should I store leftover Chicken Pasta Salad?

After preparing the salad, store any leftovers in an airtight container in the refrigerator. Properly stored, it should last for 2-3 days. However, for the best taste and texture, it’s recommended to consume it within 1-2 days.

Can I make this salad ahead of time?

Yes, you can definitely make this salad ahead of time. You can cook the pasta and chicken in advance and store them separately in the refrigerator. When ready to serve, simply assemble the salad by mixing the ingredients together with the dressing. This makes it a convenient option for meal prep or entertaining guests.

Is this Chicken Pasta Salad suitable for meal prep?

Absolutely! This salad is a great option for meal prep. You can divide it into individual portions and store them in meal prep containers for easy grab-and-go lunches or dinners throughout the week. Just make sure to keep the salad refrigerated until you’re ready to enjoy it.

What is the nutritional content of this Chicken Pasta Salad?

While the exact nutritional content may vary depending on specific ingredients and serving sizes, this salad is generally a nutritious option. It’s rich in protein from the chicken, fiber from the whole grain pasta, and various vitamins and minerals from the vegetables and herbs. To get a more precise nutritional breakdown, you can use online nutrition calculators or consult with a registered dietitian.

Can I customize this salad to suit my dietary preferences or restrictions?

Absolutely! This recipe is versatile and can be customized in many ways. For example, you can use gluten-free pasta if you’re following a gluten-free diet, or you can substitute the chicken with tofu or chickpeas for a vegetarian version. Feel free to adjust the ingredients and seasonings according to your taste preferences and dietary needs. Just ensure that any substitutions or modifications are made safely and in accordance with your dietary restrictions.

You might also like:

Broccoli and Grape Pasta Salad

broccoli & grape pasta salad
Pecan crusted chicken with honey mustard dressing
Salads just got more exciting with this pecan crusted chicken drizzled with this perfectly sweet honey mustard dressing recipe. Simple ingredients for a delicious, mouth watering, easy to prepare meal. #honeymustarddressingrecipe #pecanchickensalad
Add a comment...

Your email is never published or shared. Required fields are marked *


    MyMommyStyle Meet Camille

    Hello! I am Camille, a wife, mother of four, Disney obsessed, certified teacher, and reality optimist. Motherhood comes with its ups and downs, and I hope while you're here you'll find something that makes your #momlife easier!


    join me on instagram



    Embrace the Mom You AreMy Mommy Style

    join me on instagram

    Embrace the Mom You AreMy Mommy Style


    8146821 f19d54f5