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25 Copycat Lunch Recipes

You can make your favorite restaurant lunch dishes at home.

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Tandoori Chicken Panini Exps Sdas17 127366 D04 07 4b 2

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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Garden Fresh Chef Salad Exps100711 Sd143204b12 04 2bc Rms 1

Inspired by: McAlister’s Deli’s Chef Salad

For much of the year, I can use my garden's produce when I make this cool salad. In spring, the salad mix and radishes come from my crop. In summer, I use the tomatoes, cabbage and carrots. What a good feeling! —Evelyn Gubernath, Bucyrus, Ohio
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Cheesy Broccoli Soup In A Bread Bowl Exps Tohas19 191564 B04 16 1b 5

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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Blushing Penne Pasta Exps Sdfm17 34895 B10 06 9b 7

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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Slow Cooker Chicken Taco Salad Exps Hcbz21 175204 B10 13 1b 3

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 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 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 Olé

This is a stuffed potato with a tasty twist. Teenagers like the flavor the green chiles and cheese add.
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Slow Cooker Carnitas Exps Sdam17 191361 D12 02 7b 7

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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Chunky Tomato Basil Bisque Exps35796 Omrr2777383a06 04 5bc Rms 2

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

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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Strawberry Salad With Poppy Seed Dressing Exps Sdam17 43225 D12 07 5b 9

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 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 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 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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Italian Sausage Sun Dried Tomato Pasta Exps167253 Cw132791b04 23 3bc Rms 3

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 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 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 Bravo

My family thinks this sandwich is pure heaven thanks to the cranberry-pecan mayo. It's so good that they ask me to make it all year long. —Judy Wilson, Sun City West, Arizona
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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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Lime Chicken Tacos Exps Sscrds17 34347 B03 22 1b 2

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 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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French Dip Sandwich With Onions Exps Scmbz17 10684 C01 18 3b 3

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 Soup

My husband and I enjoyed a delicious baked potato soup at a restaurant while on vacation and I came home determined to duplicate the flavor. It took me five years to get the taste right! —Joann Goetz, Genoa, Ohio
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Chipotle Chili Dogs Exps Cismz20 65626 E12 17 6b 9

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

Katie Bandurski
Katie is an Associate Editor for Taste of Home, specializing in writing and email newsletters. When she’s out of the office, you’ll find her exploring Wisconsin, trying out new vegetarian recipes and combing through antique shops.

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