Classic Panera Turkey Chili Recipe with Kidney Beans & Edamame

What is in the turkey chili at Panera

Craving a warm, hearty chili that’s bursting with flavor but keeps things on the lighter side? Look no further than this Panera-inspired turkey chili recipe with a unique twist – edamame! This recipe offers a delicious take on the classic, incorporating protein-packed soybeans for a satisfying and nutritious twist.

Why Edamame? A Nutritious Powerhouse

Edamame, immature soybeans still in their pods, have exploded in popularity in recent years. And for good reason! A single cup of edamame provides a whopping 18 grams of protein and is a good source of fiber, iron, and folate. This makes them a perfect addition to chili, boosting its nutritional profile without sacrificing taste or texture.

Beyond the Basics: Unlocking Chili’s Depths of Flavor

While the basic premise of chili – ground meat, beans, tomatoes, and spices – is straightforward, there’s a world of flavor waiting to be explored. This recipe takes inspiration from Panera’s signature chili but adds its unique touch with edamame.

For chili aficionados, achieving depth of flavor is key. Here are some secrets to consider:

  • Spice with Confidence: Chili powder is a must, but don’t be afraid to experiment with smoked paprika, cumin, or even a touch of chipotle pepper for a smoky kick.
  • Acidity is Your Friend: A splash of lime juice or a pinch of brown sugar brightens the flavor profile and keeps the chili from tasting one-dimensional.
  • Don’t Forget the Toppings: Chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, and avocado transform a simple chili into a restaurant-worthy experience.

The Recipe: Bringing it All Together

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Here’s what you’ll need to create this delicious Panera-inspired Turkey Chili with Edamame:

  • Ingredients:
    • 1 tablespoon olive oil
    • 1 pound ground turkey
    • 1 medium onion, chopped
    • 1 carrot, diced
    • 3 cloves garlic, minced
    • 2 tablespoons chili powder
    • 1 teaspoon cumin
    • 1/2 teaspoon smoked paprika (optional)
    • 1 (28-ounce) can crushed tomatoes
    • 1 (15-ounce) can diced tomatoes, undrained
    • 1 (15-ounce) can of kidney beans, drained and rinsed
    • 1 cup frozen edamame, thawed
    • 4 cups chicken or vegetable broth
    • Salt and freshly ground black pepper to taste
    • For Serving: Chopped fresh cilantro, shredded cheese, sour cream, avocado (optional)
  • Instructions:
    1. Heat olive oil in a large Dutch oven over medium heat. Add ground turkey and cook, breaking it up with a spoon, until browned.
    2. Add onion and carrot, and cook for 5 minutes, or until softened. Stir in garlic and cook for an additional minute until fragrant.
    3. Add chili powder, cumin, and smoked paprika (if using) and cook for 30 seconds, stirring constantly, to toast the spices.
    4. Pour in crushed tomatoes, diced tomatoes, kidney beans, and edamame. Stir to combine.
    5. Pour in chicken or vegetable broth and bring to a boil. Reduce heat, cover, and simmer for 30 minutes, or until slightly thickened.
    6. Season with salt and pepper to taste.
    7. Serve hot with your favorite toppings!

Tips and Tricks for the Perfect Chili

  • For a thicker chili, mash some of the kidney beans against the side of the pot while simmering.
  • Want a spicier kick? Add a diced jalapeno pepper with the onions and carrots.
  • Leftovers? This chili freezes beautifully! Let it cool completely, then store it in airtight containers for up to 3 months.

Embrace the Comfort Food Classic with a Modern Twist

This Panera-inspired turkey chili with edamame is a perfect example of how to elevate a classic comfort food with a unique and healthy twist. So grab your favorite bowl, gather your loved ones, and enjoy this delicious and satisfying dish!

Further Exploration:

For even more chili inspiration, consider exploring regional variations like the white bean chili of the American Southwest or the beanless Cincinnati chili.

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