This Copycat Panera Turkey Chili Recipe is a healthy, homemade version of the restaurant favorite. Made in a single pot, it’s gluten-free, dairy-free, and ready in about 30 minutes! 

The Best Panera Turkey Chili Recipe

One of my go-to orders at Panera is their turkey chili! It’s warm, cozy, and is packed with veggies which I love!

In fact, I love it so much that I decided to make it at home. Believe it or not, this homemade recipe comes together with simple ingredients and couldn’t be easier to make. If you love a veggie-forward chili then you are going to love this recipe.

I think it’s a little better than the original, plus you can load it up with all of your favorite toppings right from home!

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Ingredients

Oil: I like to use olive oil, but avocado oil will also work for this recipe. 

Ground Turkey: you’ll need a pound of dark or white ground turkey.

Aromatics: yellow onion, a large carrot, garlic, and bay leaves add lots of flavor and depth. 

Seasonings: you’ll need chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, paprika, chipotle powder, salt, and black pepper. 

Beans and Legumes: use rinsed and drained kidney beans and chickpeas along with shelled edamame for lots of volume, fiber, and plant-based protein. 

Veggies: canned fire-roasted tomatoes and canned green chilies enhance the savoriness and add a touch of spice. Then, frozen corn kernels are included for a touch of sweetness. 

Beef Broth: look for a low-sodium broth so that you can manage the salt content in the chili.

Lime Juice: freshly squeezed is best! 

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Ingredient Substitutions

  • Turkey: if you aren’t a fan of ground turkey, use lean ground beef or chicken instead. Or, omit it completely for a vegetarian option. 
  • Kidney Beans: if you don’t have kidney beans you can swap them for black beans or white beans if you prefer. 
  • Broth: vegetable or chicken broth will work well in this recipe if that’s all you have!

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How to Make Homemade Panera Turkey Chili

Step One: Heat the oil in a heavy-bottomed pot or Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Add the ground turkey to the pan to brown, and break it up as it cooks. 

Step Two: Once the meat is beginning to brown, add the onion, carrot, and garlic to the pot. Continue to cook, stirring occasionally, until the onion starts to become tender. 

Step Three: Add the dry bay leaves and seasonings to the pot, and stir well to combine. 

Step Four: Next, add the kidney beans, chickpeas, canned tomatoes, green chilies, edamame, corn kernels, and beef broth to the pot. Bring the liquid to a roiling boil. Then, reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the chili simmer uncovered for 20 to 25 minutes. Feel free to add more broth to your liking! 

copycat panera turkey chili in bowl with chips

Topping Ideas

I like to serve my Panera turkey chili recipe topped with yogurt or sour cream, green onions, and shredded orange Cheddar cheese, but the options are endless! Some other great additions include: 

  • Cilantro
  • Corn chips or tortilla strips
  • Diced red onion
  • Fresh limes for lime juice
  • Jalapeños
  • Chopped avocado

Serving Suggestions

This Panera turkey chili recipe is hearty enough to serve as a complete meal on its own. Or, you can add a side like herbed brown butter cheddar cornbread or an avocado corn salad

If you’re looking for more unique ways to enjoy your chili, try serving it: 

  • Over white rice or brown rice
  • On top of a baked potato

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How to Store and Reheat

Store: Leftover chili will stay fresh in an airtight container in the fridge for up to 3 to 4 days. 

Freeze: Transfer cooled chili to a freezer-safe container, and store it in the freezer for up to 3 months. 

Reheat: allow your chili to thaw in the fridge overnight. Then, warm it in the microwave or in a pot over medium heat. 

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I hope you give this Copycat Turkey Chili a try! They are so easy to make and delicious! If you do give this recipe a try, let me know! Leave a comment with a star rating below. You can also snap a photo & tag @allthehealthythings on INSTAGRAM. Your reviews and ratings help support All the Healthy Things and make it possible for me to continue to create the recipes you trust and love.

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Copycat Panera Turkey Chili

  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free
  • Author: Ashlea Carver
  • Prep Time: 15 minutes
  • Cook Time: 30 minutes
  • Total Time: 45 minutes
  • Yield: 6 1x
  • Category: Dinner
  • Method: Stovetop
  • Cuisine: American
  • Diet: Gluten Free

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 pound ground dark turkey meat
  • 1 yellow onion, diced
  • 1 large carrot, diced
  • 5 cloves garlic, minced
  • 2 dried bay leaves
  • 2 tablespoons chili powder
  • 1 tablespoon cumin
  • ½ tablespoon dried oregano
  • ½ tablespoon paprika
  • 1 teaspoon chipotle powder
  • 1 teaspoon salt, plus more to taste
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 115.5-oz can kidney beans, rinsed and drained
  • 115.5-oz can chickpeas, rinsed and drained
  • 128oz can fire roasted tomatoes
  • 14-oz can green chiles
  • 1 cup shelled edamame
  • 1 cup frozen corn kernels
  • 23 cups low sodium beef broth, plus more if needed
  • juice of 1 large lime
  • Greek yogurt or sour cream, for serving
  • sliced green onion, for serving
  • shredded cheddar, for serving

Method

  1. Heat 1 tablespoon of olive oil in heavy-bottomed pot or dutch oven over medium-high. Add the ground turkey to the pan and brown. Breaking it up as it cooks.
  2. Once the meat has started to brown, add the diced onion, diced carrot, and garlic to the pot. Continue to cook until the onion begins to become tender.
  3. Add the dried bay leaves, chili powder, cumin, dried oregano, paprika, chipotle powder, salt, and black pepper to the pot and stir until well combined.
  4. Next add the kidney beans, chickpeas, canned tomatoes, green chilies, edamame, corn kernels, and beef broth to the pot. Bring the chili to a roiling boil and then reduce the heat to a simmer. Let the chili simmer, uncovered, for 20-25 minutes. You can add a bit more broth to your liking, if needed.
  5. Serve the chili with your favorite toppings!

Keywords:

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