17 Restaurant Copycat Recipes You Can Definitely Pull Off
They're easier than you think.
Published Nov 10, 2015 5:00 AM
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Love the taste of restaurant food, hate how expensive and unhealthy it is? Well, you’re in luck. Even if you think you can’t cook to save your life, we’ve found the best recipes on the internet that will taste exactly like your favorite restaurant options.
Whether it’s Panera’s chicken salad or Cinnabon’s delicious cinnamon buns, these recipes are easy to make, quick to create, and will have you leaving that takeout menu gathering dust in a drawer. Netflix and these recipes are all you need for the ultimate night in.
Panda Express Orange Chicken
If you’re like us, one of your biggest vices is Chinese takeout after a long day—but that can definitely add up. Instead, make a healthier and more affordable version of your favorite Orange Chicken, and enjoy.
Ever gone to Red Lobster just for the biscuits? We won’t judge. Those buttery flaky biscuits are the ultimate comfort food, and now, you can make them at home any time you want.
McDonald’s Egg McMuffin Recipe
For a quick, delicious breakfast on the go, nothing beats the good ole egg sandwich. And instead of waiting in line at McDonald’s, make your own and save even more time on your busy, rushed mornings.
In-N-Out Animal-Style French Fries
There’s something special about In-N-Out’s signature sauce—so special, it leaves anyone who doesn’t live on the West Coast in actual agony. That is, until they discover this recipe.
Homemade Cool Ranch Doritos
Who doesn’t love indulging in a bag of Cool Ranch Doritos every once in a while? Oh, people who are trying to be healthy, are gluten-free, or vegan? Here’s a recipe that will please all Dorito lovers, guaranteed.
Texas Roadhouse Fried Pickles
You just can’t beat fried pickles, especially in the summer. Picture this recipe at an outdoor barbecue, with a huge tumbler of your cocktail of choice, and you’ll see why we’re so obsessed.
Olive Garden Breadsticks
If you don’t have childhood memories of devouring all those breadsticks from Olive Garden, we can’t be friends. Good news, though: Now, you can enjoy these copycat breadsticks from the comfort of your own home.
CPK Thai Chicken Pizza
There’s no denying California Pizza Kitchen has some delicious pies on the menu. Recreate their classic Thai Chicken Pizza with this scarily similar recipe—it’s the perfect combo of sweet and spicy.
Sweet Baby Ray’s BBQ Sauce
Having a delicious barbecue sauce on hand all through the summer months is key. Bring homemade Sweet Baby Ray’s sauce to your next backyard party, and prepare to be showered with compliments.
Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls
Because we’re always dreaming of cinnamon rolls—most notably, the kind we buy at a food court at the mall. And when they’re baking, your house will smell like a big warm hug.
Chick-Fil-A Chicken Nuggets With Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce
This definitely makes our list of top five guilty pleasures—crispy and spicy-sweet at the same time, it’s the best combination for stressful days. We’re grateful we can now make and eat this dish from the comfort of our sofa (watching Netflix, of course).
Trust us: This is not your average milkshake. Discover the ingredients that make this treat more blizzard-y and less regular ice cream-y, and then, be prepared to crave it all the time.
Panera Asian Sesame Chicken Salad
Love Panera? So do we. This Asian chicken salad is crunchy, sweet, salty, and totally addictive. Not to mention, the homemade version is so much healthier than the chain version.
Homemade Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Making your own Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups is almost easier than buying them prepackaged at the store. Seriously: There are only four ingredients.
PF Chang’s Mongolian Beef
Eating out isn’t always an option—no matter how badly you’re craving your favorite dish. Luckily, this copycat recipe makes it easy to replicate PF Chang’s signature, spicy dish.
Levain Chocolate Chip Cookies
This the perfect recipe for the chocolate chip cookie addict. There’s nothing like Levain cookies fresh out of the oven. No, literally: You can make them in your kitchen and eat them fresh out of the oven, instead of after a long wait in line.
Krispy Kreme Original Glazed Doughnuts
These perfectly glazed doughnuts came before the more trendy concoctions that, if we’re being honest with ourselves, are simply cakes in the shape of donuts. We’ll stick with the original… copycat version, naturally.
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This post was originally published on July 11, 2016. It has been updated with new information.
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