19 of the best copycat recipes to make your favorite restaurant dishes at home

Posted June 29

Copycat recipes allow you to make your favorite restaurant dishes without ever having to leave the comfort of your home. Plus, no waiting for a table! Here are 19 of the best copycat recipes that you’ll want to try at home.

1. IHOP Buttermilk Pancakes

Nothing says “good morning!” like a plate full of light, fluffy flapjacks, and the International House of Pancakes has their pancakes down to an art form. But, you can easily steal their recipe and make them at home. Pancakes in your PJs? Perfect! Get the recipe here from Life in the Lofthouse.

Life in the Lofthouse

2. Chipotle Burrito Bol

I love me some Chipotle, as do my kids, but I sometimes cringe at paying $7 for what is essentially a bowl of beans and rice. Luckily, this copycat recipe for burrito bols from Brown-Eyed Baker makes it easy to prepare delicious fresh Mexican food at home.

Brown-Eyed Baker

3. Sonic Strawberry Limeade

Nothing says summer quite like enjoying a Sonic Strawberry Limeade on a hot day. But now you don’t have to go to the drive-thru to enjoy this chilly and refreshing drink. Go to Tasty Kitchen for the recipe.


4. P.F. Chang’s Firecracker Chicken

P.F. Chang’s has awesome, fast, fresh Asian food, and while you can find some of the fare in the frozen aisles of your grocery store, you can also cook up your favorites at home! Here is a easy recipe for P.F. Chang’s Firecracker Chicken from Kitchen Sanctuary.

Kitchen Sanctuary

5. Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

Taco Bell Mexican Pizza is the perfect cheesy, spicy and tangy item to order at the drive-thru. You can make it in your own kitchen with this easy copycat recipe from Practically Functional.

Practically Functional

6. Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nugget And Sauce

Chick-Fil-A is one of the best fast food places around, but it’s easy to make their beloved nuggets at home. . .sauce included! Steal the recipe here from Passion for Savings.

Passion for Savings

7. TGI Friday’s Potato Skins

Who doesn’t love TGI Friday’s Potato Skins? And now you can make these crispy, cheesy and chewy skins at home. Get the recipe from Cincy Shopper.

Cincy Shopper

8. Outback Steakhouse’s Alice Springs Chicken

Alice Springs Chicken at Outback Steakhouse is a popular favorite, and for good reason! From the crispy bacon to the ooey-gooey cheese to the tangy honey mustard, it’s a smorgasbord of flavors. Now you can make it at home with this recipe from Center Cut Cook.

Center Cut Cook

9. Wendy's Frosty

Who doesn’t love a Wendy’s Frosty? Whether you dip your fries in it or slurp it plain, this copycat recipe makes it so easy to make at home…with just three ingredients! Check out the how-to video below:

10. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

If you’re anything like me, you max out so quickly on Red Lobster’s delicious biscuits that you barely have any room in your belly when your main course arrives. Now you can enjoy them at home (in just 20 minutes!) with this easy copycat recipe from The Slow-Roasted Italian.

The Slow-Roasted Italian

11. Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

Panera’s broccoli cheese soup is always a must-order for me, whether it’s a hot day in July or a snowy day in December. Now you can make it anytime you want at home. Here’s the recipe from 77 Easy Recipes.

77 Easy Recipes

12. Chili's Enchilada Soup

A friend of mine used to swear by the healing powers of this soup from Chili’s. She said that the spicy, comforting soup was her go-to whenever she felt a cold coming on. You can now make it yourself with this copycat recipe from lil’ luna.

lil' luna

13. McDonald’s Sausage, Egg & Cheese McMuffin

McDonald’s breakfast is the best way to ease the pain of waking up early (although, now you can get many breakfast items all day long!). But, if you want to enjoy a Sausage McMuffin without having to hit the drive-thru, you can easily prepare one at home. Check out this copycat recipe from Iowa Girl Eats.

Iowa Girl Eats

14. KFC Original Recipe Fried Chicken

Kentucky Fried Chicken is the quintessential joint for fried chicken in a hurry. You can dupe their Original Recipe Fried Chicken with this recipe here from Bake at Midnite.

Bake at Midnite

15. Fazoli’s Breadsticks

The endless supply of breadsticks is one of the best things about dining in at Fazoli’s. But now you can make them at home and impress your family and friends. Recipe here from Sasaki Time. (The recipe is so mind-numbingly easy you won’t believe it…you just need one secret ingredient…Whirl Butter.)

Sasaki Time

16. Fleming’s Signature Potatoes

Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse & Wine Bar isn’t just famous for their aged prime beef and classics such as lobster tails and pork chops. They also are well known for their signature potatoes, which are prepared with cream, jalapeños and cheddar cheese. Get the copycat recipe from Gonna Want Seconds.

Gonna Want Seconds

17. Applebee’s Cheeseburger Egg Rolls

Thanks to their shareable sides and drink specials, Applebee’s is a favorite casual dining spot for millions of Americans. But here’s good news: You can skip the happy-hour rush and enjoy Applebee’s Cheeseburger Egg Rolls at home. Here’s a copycat recipe from Southern Living.


18. Panda Express Chow Mein

If you have ever had a craving for fast, filling Chinese food while you are at the mall, you are probably very familiar with Panda Express. The national chain is known for its super-quick service and comforting Chinese-inspired fare. Now you can make one of their signature dishes, chow mein, in the comfort of your own home. Dinner then Dessert has the recipe.

Dinner then Dessert

19. Olive Garden Salad Dressing

The salad at Olive Garden is one of the highlights of the meal. Luckily, it’s easy to copy the dressing, and you don’t even have to shell out for a store-bought bottle. Get the recipe here from Dessert Now Dinner Later.

Dessert Now, Dinner Later

This story originally appeared on Simplemost. Checkout Simplemost for other great tips and ideas to make the most out of life.


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