Panera Mediterranean Warm Grain Bowls Review & Copycat Recipe

I'm always one to try new menu items from restaurants when they first come out - what can I say - marketing works! I've been hearing tons of commercials for Panera's new warm grain bowls. 

Before I even tried them - I knew I was going to copycat them! They sounded delicious - and frankly - pretty easy to remake! I have some tricks to make them even easier. ;-) Of course - that's what I do. First up - Panera's Mediterranean Warm Grain Bowl recipe!

Review: Panera Warm Grain Bowl - Are the Panera Warm Grain Bowls good? 

Panera recently came out with two warm grain bowls - pictured above. (Left - Baja, Right - Mediterranean) I went out right away and got both of them!!! I definitely liked them - the Med bowl has arugula and I liked the addition of the greens to it. I'll say - the Med was my favorite of the two - it's why I made it first! I loved the hummus in with the chicken. Their chicken didn't have much flavor but it wasn't dry - which was nice. I love all the ingredients in the Baja bowl - but it just didn't have as much flavor as the Med. (I'm remaking the Baja bowl next week!) I'm not a fan of brown rice and quinoa - but it was fine in these bowls - there's enough other ingredients to cover the blandness of brown rice and quinoa. (haha) 

What are the ingredients in the Panera Mediterranean Warm Grain Bowl? 

I went straight to the Panera site to make sure I had all the ingredients correct. The Mediterranean Warm Grain Bowl from Panera has arugula, brown rice and quinoa, chicken in a citrus marinade, grape tomatoes, Kalamata olives (did you know - kalamata means olive - so you're basically saying olive olives!), cucumber, hummus, feta, plain greek yogurt and a lemon tahini dressing.

I didn't even notice the tahini dressing in the original bowl and with the hummus and yogurt - you don't even need it. If you're unsure about the greek yogurt - it's basically a healthier version of sour cream. 

The Panera Mediterranean Warm Grain Bowl really has all of my favorites. The hummus they used is a plain "regular" hummus - I had some roasted red pepper in my fridge so I used that - just as delicious. 

Another tip for this - I didn't want to cook brown rice and quinoa - takes too long. Turns out they have some in the freezer aisle! I got a bag of frozen and it heated up in less than 5 minutes in the microwave. Or Minute Rice sells a brown rice and quinoa in little cups as well that heat up in a minute. 

Panera Copycat Recipes & Other Favorites

My review of the Panera Broth Bowls is one of my most viewed pages so then I recreated them at home.  The broth bowls and grain bowls are so healthy - you can even splurge a little on these copycat Chinese Buffet donuts!

Copycat Panera Warm Grain Bowl

Yield: 2
prep time: 10 Mcook time: 20 Mtotal time: 30 M
Panera has introduced their new Warm Grain Bowls - there are two varieties - the Mediterranean and Baja. I had to try them both! They're both delicious!!! This week I'm sharing my copycat version - it's super easy to make and really tasty! So healthy!


  • 2 cups arugula (or spinach) 
  • 2 cups cooked brown rice and quinoa (found in frozen section!)
  • 2 chicken breasts
  • lemon/garlic marinade (My favorite!)
  • 10 grape tomatoes, sliced
  • 1/3 cup kalamata olives
  • 1/2 cucumber, diced
  • 1/2 cup hummus
  • 1/3 cup feta crumbles
  • 1/2 cup plain greek yogurt
  • 1/2 lemon
  • 1/4 cup tahini dressing (optional)


How to cook Copycat Panera Warm Grain Bowl

  1. Marinate chicken breasts in your favorite citrus/garlic marinade overnight. 
  2. Bake chicken breasts for 20 minutes at 350 until cooked to 165 degrees. 
  3. During last ten minutes of baking, microwave frozen rice/quinoa for 4 minutes in a microwave safe bowl.
  4. In two large serving bowls, place arugula around edge of bowl. 
  5. Prep veggies: slice tomatoes and dice cucumbers
  6. When quinoa is cooked, divide between two serving bowls 
  7. Remove chicken from oven and let rest for 5 minutes
  8. Top quinoa/argula with tomatoes, cucumbers, olives
  9. Slice chicken and place on top of quinoa. 
  10. Add a heaping spoonful of hummus and yogurt to the bowl 
  11. Top with crumbled feta and squeeze lemon over warm grain bowl
  12. If you like, you can add a tahini dressing - it really doesn't need it. 


- You can use rotisserie chicken if you like - For the brown rice/quinoa - you can either use a bag of frozen rice/quinoa or Minute Rice makes a microwavable one! Super quick! - Tahini dressing is expensive and not easy to find - I found that it wasn't necessary with the yogurt and hummus - and when I tried the Panera version - I didn't even taste it! - Arugula is lighter than spinach but a little bitter - I found a mix of the two at the store that was really good
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1 comment

  1. Thank you for the tips, this bowl is def a must make at my house.