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25 Copycat Lunch Recipes

You can make your favorite restaurant lunch dishes at home.

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Inspired by: Cosi’s Tandoori Chicken SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Cosi’s Tandoori Chicken Sandwich

The tandoori-style spices in this chicken give it a bold flavor that’s so hard to resist. It tastes incredible tucked between pieces of naan, then grilled to make Indian-inspired panini. —Yasmin Arif, Manassas, Virginia

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Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli’s Chef SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli’s Chef Salad

For a lot of the year, I can use my garden's produce when I make this cool salad. In spring, it's fresh greens and radishes, and in summer, we have tomatoes, cabbage and carrots. What a good feeling! —Evelyn Gubernath, Bucyrus, Ohio

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Inspired by: Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup

This creamy, cheesy broccoli soup tastes just like the one served at Panera Bread! My family requests it all the time. You can even make your own homemade bread bowls with the recipe on my blog, Yammie's Noshery. —Rachel Preus, Marshall, Michigan

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Penne RosaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s 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: Qdoba’s Taco Salad with Grilled Adobo ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Qdoba’s Taco Salad with Grilled Adobo Chicken

We use this super duper chicken across several meals, including it in tacos, sandwiches, omelets and enchiladas. My little guys love helping measure seasonings. —Karie Houghton, Lynnwood, Washington

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Inspired by: Potbelly’s Meatball SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Potbelly’s Meatball Sandwich

This is one of those recipes you always come back to. A flavorful tomato sauce and mildly spiced meatballs make a hearty sandwich filling, or they can be served over pasta. I broil the meatballs first to quickly brown them. —Jean Glacken, Elkton, Maryland

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Inspired by: Panera’s Mac and CheeseTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera’s 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: McAlister’s Deli’s Spud OléTaste of Home

Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli’s Spud Olé

This is a stuffed potato with a twist. Teenagers like the flavor the green chiles and cheese add.

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Inspired by: Chipotle’s Carnitas TacosTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chipotle’s Carnitas Tacos

We shared these flavor-packed tacos with friends from church who came over to help us move. They're so good, I put them on my blog, manilaspoon.com! The slow cooker makes this recipe extra easy, and I love that whenever I make it, I'm reminded of the wonderful people back in Michigan. —Abigail Raines, Hamden, Connecticut

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Tomato Basil BisqueTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Tomato Basil Bisque

My husband, Patrick Maas, makes this wonderful, creamy bisque. Sweet red pepper enhances the lovely tomato-basil flavor. —Veronique Deblois, Mine Hill, New Jersey

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Inspired by: Boston Market’s Rotisserie Turkey Breast Sandwich Taste of Home

Inspired by: Boston Market’s Rotisserie Turkey Breast Sandwich

Who says sandwiches have to be boring? Here, a special cream cheese and ranch dressing spread adds zest to the hearty turkey, cheese and vegetables. Get set to slice up second helpings! —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Panera’s Strawberry Poppyseed SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera’s Strawberry Poppyseed 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: Qdoba’s Grilled Vegetarian QuesadillaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Qdoba’s Grilled Vegetarian Quesadilla

Black beans partner up with spinach and corn in these easy and satisfying quesadillas from Susan Franklin of Littleton, Colorado. —Susan Franklin, Littleton, Colorado

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Inspired by: Red Robin’s Caesar’s Chicken WrapTaste of Home

Inspired by: Red Robin’s Caesar’s Chicken Wrap

When we have chicken for dinner, I cook extra for these full-flavored roll-ups. Featuring Caesar salad dressing, cream cheese, red pepper, black olives and a hint of garlic, the wraps are perfect alongside corn on the cob and a green vegetable. —Christi Martin, Elko, Nevada

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Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli’s Harvest Chicken SaladTaste of Home

Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli’s 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: Noodles & Company’s Pasta FrescaTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Pasta Fresca

Flavor-packed sausage and sun-dried tomatoes are sure to liven up any simple pasta dish. I have a feeling that once you've tried it, it'll become a family favorite!—Dawn Singleton, Eighty Four, Pennsylvania

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Inspired by: Qdoba’s Loaded Tortilla Soup with Grilled Adobo ChickenTaste of Home

Inspired by: Qdoba’s Loaded Tortilla Soup with Grilled Adobo Chicken

Put a little spice in your menu with my favorite Anaheim pepper recipe. The peppers, jalapenos and cayenne heat up this full-flavored tortilla soup. —Johnna Johnson, Scottsdale, Arizona

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Inspired by: Portillo’s Italian Beef SandwichTaste of Home

Inspired by: Portillo’s Italian Beef Sandwich

I have fond memories of my mother in the kitchen preparing her amazing beef dip sandwiches. They always made our house smell like an Old World Italian restaurant. And as good as the aroma was, somehow the taste was even better! Set out a jar of giardiniera for spooning on top. —Kira Vosk, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

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Inspired by: Panera’s Bacon Turkey BravoTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera’s Bacon Turkey Bravo

My family thinks this sandwich is pure heaven, thanks to the cranberry-pecan mayo. It's so good, they ask me to make it all year long. —Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona

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Inspired by: Wendy's ChiliTaste of Home

Inspired by: Wendy's Chili

Mom’s chili was the best! She knew just the right ingredients to put her ‘stamp’ on it. I could eat it with my eyes closed and know it was her recipe! It amazed me that she could put it together in so little time.

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Inspired by: Chipotle’s Chicken Soft TacosTaste of Home

Inspired by: Chipotle’s Chicken Soft Tacos

Our fun, simple chicken taco recipe is perfect for a relaxing dinner with friends. If we have any leftover filling, I toss it into a garden-fresh taco salad. —Tracy Gunter, Boise, Idaho

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Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Chicken Noodle SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Noodles & Company’s Chicken Noodle Soup

When I was sick, my mom would make me this heartwarming chicken noodle soup. It was soothing when I had a cold, but this soup is a bowlful of comfort on any chilly day. —Anthony Graham, Ottawa, lllinois

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Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli’s French DipTaste of Home

Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli’s French Dip

When I want to impress company, these satisfying sandwiches are my first pick for the menu. I serve them with the cooking juices in individual bowls for easy use. —Florence Robinson, Lenox, Iowa

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Inspired by: Panera’s Baked Potato SoupTaste of Home

Inspired by: Panera’s Baked Potato Soup

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious baked potato soup at a restaurant while on vacation and I came home determined to duplicate it. It took me five years to get the taste right! —Joann Goetz, Genoa, Ohio

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Inspired by: SONIC’s Chili Cheese Coney DogTaste of Home

Inspired by: SONIC’s Chili Cheese Coney Dog

Long live childhood favorites! I created this recipe for the 125th anniversary of a small town in Minnesota. The medium spice level means that people of all ages love the flavors. —Barb Templin, Norwood, Minnesota

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