Copycat Sierra Turkey Sandwich

Anyone else eat way too much Panera Bread in high school? I always loved going for a cup of soup and a half sandwich. At the time my favorite sandwich was always the Sierra Turkey so I was sad when they took it off of the menu. Thankfully I was happy to discover it is easy to recreate at home and with cleaner, real food ingredients.

Three reasons why I love this recipe:

1. The Sierra Turkey Sandwich packs a lot of flavor in each bite. The chipotle mayonnaise and red onion give this sandwich a bit of a bite. Paired with the savory focaccia bread it is oh so yummy.

2. This recipe makes for very easy lunch prep. You could easily have a weeks worth of sandwiches if that is what your heart desires, with very little hands on time. It also makes a super simple supper and could be prepared ahead of time if you are needing something on the go.

3. This sandwich is a turkey lovers dream. I’ve always been a sucker for a good deli sandwich and with the elevated flavors in this Sierra Turkey Sandwich, it’s easy to forget that it is really only made up of less than 6 components.

Frequently Asked Questions:

When did Panera discontinue the Sierra Turkey Sandwich?

There is not a lot of information on the exact time Panera took the Sierra Turkey Sandwich off its menu, but there seems to be a consensus that it was sometime in 2020. It has also been confirmed that the Sierra Turkey Sandwich won’t be back. Some claims have been.made that you can order the sandwich off menu, but that seems to be conflicted.

How is this recipe healthier than getting the same sandwich at Panera Bread?

This sandwich is made with gut healthy sourdough focaccia, making it easier to digest. It is also made with homemade mayonnaise, allowing you to avoid inflammatory seed oils in traditional aiolis and sauces. I personally also used Applegate Organic Turkey, a nitrate free brand.

Do I have to make my own focaccia or aioli?

Not necessarily. While you may lose out on some flavor and health benefits, you can certainly elect to buy focaccia bread already made and mix blended chipotles in adobo with premade mayo for a similar effect. Weather you make the bread and aioli from scratch or not, this sandwich is so quick and easy to throw together.

How to make a Sierra Turkey Sandwich:

  1. Make your Sourdough Focaccia Bread

    If you plan to make your own focaccia bread start by following my Sourdough Focaccia Bread Recipe. Keep in mind that the dough needs to rise, and proof again which typically will take around 14 hours total. There is not a lot of hands on time, just remember to start your bread ahead of time.

  2. When you have your bread made, cut it into sandwich size squares.

    Typically one loaf of Sourdough focaccia bread will make 6-8 sandwich squares. Once you cut the loaf into squares, cut the square in half, horizontally.

  3. Make the chipotle aioli

    In a wide mouth jar, combine chipotle peppers in adobo, egg yolk, lime juice, garlic cloves, and one tablespoon of the olive oil. Blend until smooth, just for a second, then slowly poor in the rest of the olive oil while blending with the immersion blender. It will get thicker as you drizzle the oil in. Be careful not to over mix or the aioli will break

  4. Assemble the sandwiches

    Spread the chipotle aioli on one side of the focaccia bread, then top with turkey, provolone cheese, spring mix, and red onion slices. Top with the other half of the focaccia bread, enjoy!

Sierra turkey sandwich with top off and chipotle aioli on the side
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Sierra Turkey Sandwich

This cleaned up take on the discontinued Panera Bread sandwich is not short on flavor. From the homemade focaccia bread, to the zesty onions and spicy chipotle aioli this sandwich is truly delicious.
Prep Time15 minutes
Including Sourdough Focaccia Bread14 hours 15 minutes
Course: Main Course
Cuisine: American
Keyword: Focaccia Sandwich, Sierra Turkey Sandwich, Sourdough Focaccia
Servings: 6 servings


  • 1 loaf Sourdough Focaccia Bread Link for recipe in notes
  • 2-3 cups Spring mix
  • ½ Red onion thinly sliced
  • 1 lb Sliced turkey
  • 6 slices Provolone cheese

Chipotle Aioli

  • 1 Egg yolk
  • 1 T Lime juice
  • 2 cloves Garlic minced
  • ⅔ C + 2 Tbsp Olive Oil Light tasting
  • 2 Chipotle Peppers in adobo sauce


  • Make the chipotle aioli first. Begin by adding egg yolk, lime juice, garlic clove, 2 tablespoons of olive oil, and chipotle peppers in adobo sauce in a wide mouth glass jar. Using an immersion blender, blend the ingredients together for a few seconds, then slowly drizzle the remaining olive oil in the jar while continuing to blend. The aioli will become thicker as you go. Be careful not to over blend or the aioli can break.
  • Taking a 9×13 inch loaf of sourdough focaccia bread, cut the loaf into 6-8 square pieces. Then cut each square in half horizontally
  • On the bottom side of the top of the sandwich, spread chipotle aioli. On the bottom of the sandwich, layer the turkey, provolone cheese, spring mix, and green onion.
  • Place top of the sandwich back on. I like to press the sandwich down slightly just so it stays together a little better. Then enjoy!


Chipotle Aioli will stay good in the fridge for up to two weeks. 

2 responses to “Copycat Sierra Turkey Sandwich”

  1. Allison Sponder Avatar

    5 stars
    Absolutely delicious! Thanks for the great recipe— I’ll certainly make your sourdough focaccia and this sandwich again!

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