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30 Easy Restaurant Copycat Recipes

Conquer your cravings in 30 minutes (or less) with these easy copycat recipes. By dining at home you'll save some extra time—and cash!

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Inspired by: Panera Bread Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera Bread Strawberry Poppy Seed Chicken Salad

My family is always happy to see this fruit and veggie salad on the table. If strawberries aren’t available, substitute mandarin oranges and dried cranberries. —Irene Keller, Kalamazoo, Michigan

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Inspired by: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay BiscuitsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

My biscuits won the Best Quick Bread division at my county fair. One of the judges liked it so much, she asked for the recipe! These buttery, savory biscuits go with just about anything. —Tall Pines Farm, Gloria Jarrett, Loveland, Ohio

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Inspired by: Noodles and Company Penne RosaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles and Company Penne Rosa

I reworked this recipe from an original that called for vodka and heavy whipping cream. My friends and family had a hard time believing a sauce this rich, flavorful and creamy could be light. —Margaret Wilson, Hemet, California

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Inspired by: KFC The Original RecipeTaste of Home

Inspired by: KFC The Original Recipe

If you've wanted to learn how to make crispy fried chicken, this is the recipe for you. Always a picnic favorite, this deep fried chicken recipe is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana

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Inspired by: Chipotle Guacamole and ChipsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chipotle Guacamole and Chips

Ever wonder how to make guacamole? Just whip together this delicious blend of your favorite fresh ingredients.—Joan Hallford, North Richland Hills, Texas

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Inspired by: Culver's ButterburgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Culver's Butterburger

It’s no secret that Wisconsinites love their dairy—so much that they sometimes top their burgers with a generous pat of butter. My recipe is a lot like the butter burgers you’ll find in popular restaurants all over the state. —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio —Becky Carver, North Royalton, Ohio

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Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Artichoke and Spinach PizzaTaste of Home

Inspired by: California Pizza Kitchen Roasted Artichoke and Spinach Pizza

When I'm making this pizza and I have garlic oil in my pantry, I swap it for regular oil. It adds a little something without overpowering the toppings. —Shelly Bevington, Hermiston, Oregon

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Inspired by: Shake Shack Cheese FriesTaste of Home

Inspired by: Shake Shack Cheese Fries

I came up with this recipe after my daughter had cheese fries at a restaurant and couldn't stop talking about them. She loves that I can fix them so quickly at home. Plus, the frozen fry packets can be refrigerated and reheated. —Melissa Tatum, Greensboro, North Carolina

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Inspired by: Panda Express Orange ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panda Express Orange Chicken

We enjoy these tangy nuggets so many ways—over noodles or rice, in sandwiches, even on top of lettuce and cabbage. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

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Inspired by: Olive Garden BreadsticksTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Breadsticks

I love to experiment in the kitchen with simple ingredients like refrigerated biscuits. The results usually are a big hit, as was the case with these super fast breadsticks. —Billy Hensley, Mount Carmel, Tennessee

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Inspired by: Orange Julius OriginalTaste of Home

Inspired by: Orange Julius Original

I love to treat overnight guests to this creamy orange frappe. Just blitz a few basic ingredients in your blender and enjoy. —Joyce Mummau, Mount Airy, Maryland

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Inspired by: McCalister's Deli Harvest Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: McCalister's Deli Harvest Chicken Salad

These sandwiches are easy to pull together when you need something fun and taste-worthy in a flash. I make them often for occasions like brunches, church youth meetings and impromptu family gatherings. —Cheryl Sigler, Louisville, Ohio

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Inspired by: Olive Garden Zuppa ToscanaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

I let my young son pick out seed packets and he chose kale, which grew like crazy. This hearty soup helped make good use of it and rivals a restaurant version that we love. —Michelle Babbie, Malone, New York

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Inspired by: Taco Bell Grilled Breakfast BurritoTaste of Home

Inspired by: Taco Bell Grilled Breakfast Burrito

Zap one of these frozen burritos in the microwave and you'll stave off hunger all morning. This recipe is my family’s favorite combo, but I sometimes use breakfast sausage instead of bacon. —Audra Niederman, Aberdeen, South Dakota

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Inspired by: Starbucks Caffe MochaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Starbucks Caffe Mocha

When I'm sipping this delicious coffee, I almost feel like I'm visiting my favorite coffeehouse. —Jill Rodriguez, Gonzales, Louisiana

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Inspired by: McDonald's Chicken McNuggetsTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Chicken McNuggets

My 3-year-old is going through a stage where he'll eat only chicken nuggets and French fries. I like to make these golden nuggets for him so I know what he's eating. They're so good, we like them, too! —Amanda Livesay, Mobile, Alabama

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Inspired by: Panera Bread Mac and CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera Bread Mac and Cheese

My mac and cheese is simple and has lots of flavor from the cheeses and ground chipotle chile. I use conchiglie pasta because its shape allows more melted cheese to pool inside. Yum! —Colleen Delawder, Herndon, Virginia

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Inspired by: SONIC Corn DogsTaste of Home

Inspired by: SONIC Corn Dogs

One of the best parts of the many fairs and festivals in Indiana is the corn dogs! My family loves corn dogs, so I fix them fairly often at home. —Sally Denney, Warsaw, Indiana

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Inspired by: Red Robin Burnin' Love BurgerTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin Burnin' Love Burger

On a whim, we mixed homemade jalapeno jam into ground beef patties, then topped the burgers with caramelized onions and tangy Gorgonzola cheese. Fabulous! —Becky Mollenkamp, St. Louis, Missouri

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Inspired by: McDonald's Shamrock ShakeTaste of Home

Inspired by: McDonald's Shamrock Shake

Save a sleeve of Girl Scout cookies for this creamy milkshake that's fun for kids and adults, too. —Shauna Sever, San Francisco, California

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Inspired by: Qdoba Chips and QuesoTaste of Home

Inspired by: Qdoba Chips and Queso

Years ago, my husband invented this gooey cheese dip. I may be biased, but I have to say it's excellent. If you like heat, rev it up with finely chopped jalapenos. —Patricia Leinheiser, Albuquerque, New Mexico

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Inspired by: Waffle House Regular WaffleTaste of Home

Inspired by: Waffle House Regular Waffle

These melt-in-your-mouth waffles are so tender, you can skip butter and syrup, but why would you want to? —James Schend, Food Editor, Taste of Home magazine, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Chicken n' DumplinsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cracker Barrel Chicken n' Dumplins

Using pre-cooked chicken and ready-made biscuits, this hearty dish is comfort food made simple. It's the perfect way to warm up on chilly nights. —Lakeya Astwood, Schenectady, New York

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Inspired by: KFC Cole SlawTaste of Home

Inspired by: KFC Cole Slaw

For Friday dinners, my mother made coleslaw to go with our fish. It’s still a family tradition, and the tangy dressing even works on a tossed salad. —Cynthia McDowell, Banning, California

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Inspired by: Charley's Philly Steaks Philly Cheese SteakTaste of Home

Inspired by: Charley's Philly Steaks Philly Cheese Steak

This ultimate Philly cheesesteak recipe is a best-seller at Pat's King of Steaks Restaurant. Patrons praise its thinly cut beef and crusty Italian rolls. —Frank Olivieri, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Dairy Queen S'mores Blizzard TreatTaste of Home

Inspired by: Dairy Queen S'mores Blizzard Treat

When cabin fever hits, we whip up a beverage that tastes like s’mores. Oven-toasted marshmallows and a blender make it happen. —Sarah McKenna, Centennial, Colorado

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Inspired by: PF Chang's Lettuce WrapsTaste of Home

Inspired by: PF Chang's Lettuce Wraps

This recipe is as tasty as the lettuce wraps found in national restaurants, but it's healthier! — Linda Rowley, Richardson, Texas

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Inspired by: IHOP Blueberry PancakesTaste of Home

Inspired by: IHOP Blueberry Pancakes

My dad makes blueberry pancakes for us every Saturday without fail. The combination of oats, cornmeal and buttermilk in the batter gives the pancakes heartiness we can't resist. —Gabrielle Short, Pleasant Hill, Iowa

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Inspired by: Culver's Wisconsin Cheese CurdsTaste of Home

Inspired by: Culver's Wisconsin Cheese Curds

Cheese curds or cubes dipped in flour and beer, then fried, need only a good supply of crinkly toothpicks to turn them into a vanishing act. —Katie Rose, Pewaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Spicy Cashew ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: The Cheesecake Factory Spicy Cashew Chicken

There are lots of recipes for cashew chicken, but my family thinks this one stands alone. We love the flavor from the fresh ginger and the crunch of the cashews. Another plus is it's easy to prepare. —Oma Rollison, El Cajon, California

Christina Herbst
Christina is an Assistant Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in content creation and SEO optimization. She enjoys trying out local foodie restaurants and coffeehouses and adding copious amounts of garlic and cheese to any recipe she can get her hands on.

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