Wednesday, August 7, 2013

Power Chicken Hummus Bowl @ Panera

Did you know that Panera has a hidden menu?  This menu is hidden because well, it’s not advertised on the Panera menu itself – you have to know what it is you want to order. You can check out the 6 options available off the hidden menu here.  While if you’re wondering what the nutrition facts are (or maybe are interested in calculating the Points Plus values) for these said items, you can find that information here. In order to obtain the nutrition information you need to select “Hidden Menu” from the Choose a Menu Category on the left-hand side drop down menu.

Two of my friends from high school wanted to get together for dinner since one was up visiting from New Jersey.  Panera was decided on, so I did my research and decided I was going to order the Power Chicken Hummus Bowl because it looked the most appetizing to me in that very instance.  According to the Panera hidden menu the salad consisted of all-natural antibiotic-free chicken with a cilantro jalapeno hummus, baby spinach, cucumbers, diced tomatoes and red onions.  It’s supposed to be garnished with chopped cilantro and topped with a fresh squeezed lemon.

When ordering my bowl I forgot the name of it and started saying “I want the grilled chicken….” The girl taking my menu asked “Caesar salad?” I said (having a big major brain freeze) “No, no .. umm… it’s the hummus bowl!” to which she replied, “Oh okay, from that menu.” I do have this odd thing about eating cold poultry (aside from deli meat) so I asked if the chicken was served hot or cold.  I was told cold, but they can heat it if requested.  So, I of course, requested for it to be heated!  My order was put through, I was given my buzzer and I waited for my salad to be prepped.

Picking up my salad at the counter, I thought it looked appetizing. I love hummus and the hummus was drizzled over the whole salad.  The veggies and chicken were plentiful and I was satisfied.  I did find, since it was missing the lemon finish it was a little dry, so I had some fat free poppyseed dressing to dip my fork into to give it a bit of wetness.  The great thing about the fat free poppyseed is 2 tablespoons is only 1 points plus!  Overall, I was quite pleased with my meal and I would definitely order it again.

The salad was pretty big, packed with power foods, it was filling AND it was only 8 points plus values!

Have you tried anything from the hidden menu at Panera? Or did you even know there was a hidden menu?


  1. I just had the chicken and hummus power bowl from Panera today. Bed of spinach, slices of cucumber in the middle. Each corner had it's own topping. One corner red onion, one corner diced tomato, one corner spicy hummus, one corner chicken breast. All sprinkled with fresh cilantro. Half a lemon and a packet of olive oil to drizzle overtop. Delicious.

  2. I calculated this as 9 points plus. I have ordered this many times and mine looked much better than the picture above. Mine usually look like the 2/7/14 poster described above. Order hummus on the side and use 1/2 to save many points.

    1. I get 8 points plus 13g fat, 20g carb, 7g fiber & 33 protein. The photo pictured is how it was presented to me at the Panera I went to.