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21 Restaurant Copycat Recipes

You're craving your favorite restaurant meal, but not the drive, the wait or the bill. Make it yourself! Home cooks are serving up their best renditions of famous restaurant recipes, right here.

Inspired by: Loaded Potato Skins from TGI Fridays

I fill my restaurant-worthy baked potato boats with cheese, bacon and a dollop of sour cream. Have them at lunch, snack time or cocktail hour. —Trish Perrin, Keizer, Oregon

Inspired by: The Original Recipe from KFC

If you've been wondering how to make fried chicken, make this recipe your go-to. Always a picnic favorite, this chicken is delicious either hot or cold. Kids call it my Kentucky Fried Chicken! —Jeanne Schnitzler, Lima, Montana

Inspired by: Broccoli Cheddar Soup from Panera Bread

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

Inspired by: Mocha Frappuccino from Starbucks

Coffee ice cubes power up this refreshing drink. Have it morning, noon or—if you dare—night! —Beverly Coyde, Gasport, New York

Inspired by: Orange Chicken from Panda Express

These tangy Asian-inspired nuggets go a long way. We eat them over noodles or rice, in sandwiches, even on top of lettuce and cabbage. —Darlene Brenden, Salem, Oregon

Inspired by: Pasta e Fagioli from Olive Garden

This chunky soup is good to the last spoonful. It's my go-to recipe because it's so hearty and we all always want more. —Penny Novy, Buffalo Grove, Illinois

Inspired by: Barbacoa from Chipotle

My husband adores this beef roast simmered in lime juice, chipotle and cumin. He would eat it one a week if I would make it that often! We have it over rice with cilantro and a spritz of lime. —Aundrea McCormick, Denver, Colorado

Inspired by: Cheddar Bay Biscuits from Red Lobster

Here's our crack at the never-ending biscuits from Red Lobster. Made from scratch with lighter ingredients, they're just as cheesy and buttery as the original. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Inspired by: The Big Mac from McDonald's

I was planning to grill burgers, and then it dawned on me: How about a Big Mac salad? The original recipe doesn't call for a tomato, but it's awesome here. —Pam Jefferies, Cantrall, Illinois

Inspired by: Thai Chicken Pizza from California Pizza Kitchen

Contributor Gigi Miller, from Stoughton, Wisconsin, provided a fabulous recipe for sweet and salty chicken thighs that she serves with rice. We took it a step further, and used the chicken and sauce to make this restaurant-inspired Thai pizza. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Inspired by: Parrot Isle Jumbo Coconut Shrimp from Red Lobster

These coconut-fried shrimp are downright addicting. If you ask me, the bigger the shrimp, the better. That way you can pick up even more of that sweet pina colada sauce. —Debbi Barate, Seward, Pennsylvania

Inspired by: Chicken & Gnocchi Soup from Olive Garden

I tasted a similar soup at Olive Garden and wanted to try and make it myself. Here's the delicious result! It's wonderful on a cool evening. —Jaclynn Robinson, Shingletown, California

Inspired by: Cinnamon Swirl Coffee Cake from Starbucks

With its tender layers and sweet, cinnamon-y swirls, this better-for-you coffee cake is an absolute treat. Friends and family go nuts over it. —Valma Devall, Kennewick, Washington

Inspired by: Lemon Chicken Orzo Soup from Panera Bread

Years ago, I fell hard for a lemony Greek soup at Panera Bread. It was just a special back then, and I re-created it at home so we could eat it whenever a craving hit! —Kristin Cherry, Bothell, Washington

Inspired by: Eggplant Parmigiana from Olive Garden

Here's a healthy version of a restaurant classic that you can easily make at home. Our recipe has 300 fewer calories and half the fat and sodium of typical eggplant Parmesan. —Taste of Home Test Kitchen

Inspired by: Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili's

Even though they have many other delicious dishes on the menu, I always find myself ordering Chicken Enchilada Soup from Chili’s. Here's the skinny version I make at home. —Traci Campbell, Saginaw, Texas

Inspired by: Garlic Mashed Potatoes from Applebee's

These creamy garlic mashed potatoes are so good, you can serve them plain—no butter or gravy is needed. This is one of our favorite red potato recipes. —Valerie Mitchell, Olathe, Kansas

Inspired by: Cheese Sticks from Pizza Hut

We love the breadsticks at our local pizza joint. Now I can get that same gooey-from-the-oven treat, but I never have to leave the house. —Heather Bates, Athens, Maine

Inspired by: Ultimate Red Velvet Cake Cheesecake from The Cheesecake Factory

I love both red velvet cake and cheesecake. So why not combine them into one stunning red velvet cheesecake recipe? It's best when served chilled, right out of the fridge. —Melissa Gaines, Knoxville, Tennessee

Inspired by: Julius Original from Orange Julius

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

Inspired by: Maple Butter Blondie from Applebee's

Ever since I tried the maple blondie at Applebee's, I've been determined to figure out the recipe. I tried several variations until I came up with this one, and it's become one of our family favorites. —Pat Parker, Chester, South Carolina

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