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12 Quick and Easy Copycat Recipes

You may never have to leave the house with these easy-to-make favorites that you can whip up right in your own kitchen!

12 Quick and Easy Copycat Recipes - You may never have to leave the house with these easy-to-make favorites that you can whip up right in your own kitchen!

Now you can just stay in with your sweatpants on (and with a bottle of wine, of course) as you create your restaurant favorites right at home, like Cheesecake Factory’s Avocado Egg Rolls and Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets. They take minimal prep/cook time and will be on your dinner table in a flash. You can’t beat that!

1. Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat – Tastes just like Panda Express except it takes just minutes to whip up and tastes a million times better. Done and done. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat - Tastes just like Panda Express except it takes just minutes to whip up and tastes a million times better!

2. PF Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps – Believe it or not, this comes together in just 20 minutes from start to finish. [GET THE RECIPE.]

PF Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps - A copycat recipe that you can easily make in just 20 minutes. And it tastes a million times better too!

3. Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets – Amazingly crisp-tender chicken bites and a homemade honey mustard that is out. of. this. world. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets - Just like Chick-Fil-A, but it tastes 10000x better! And the homemade honey mustard is out of this world!

4. Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce – Easier, cheaper, and healthier than the restaurant-version. Plus, you can add in your favorite protein without skimping. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce - An easy, no-fuss dish you can make right at home. It’s also cheaper, healthier and quicker than ordering out!

5. Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat – Crisp chicken bites with red bell peppers, fresh pineapple chunks and a sweet and sour chili sauce – a winning flavor combination. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Panda Express Sweet Fire Chicken Copycat - An easy homemade version that tastes so much better (and healthier) than take-out!

6. Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe – This copycat recipe is made even better with the addition of crisp bacon bits. After all, how can you go wrong with bacon? [GET THE RECIPE.]

Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Copycat Recipe - This copycat recipe is so easy to make and tastes a million times better than the original!

7. CPK’s Kung Pao Spaghetti – This dish costs $15 for one serving at CPK. You can easily make this at home with less than $10 worth of ingredients to feed a family of 4. [GET THE RECIPE.]

CPK's Kung Pao Spaghetti - A copycat recipe that you can make right at home in less than 20 minutes. And it tastes even better than the restaurant version!

8. Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich – Similar to the nuggets, you can also make the sandwich right at home, loading this up with fresh veggies and plenty of pickles. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Copycat Chick-fil-A Sandwich - You won't believe how easy this copycat recipe is, and it tastes 100000x better than the original! You can't beat that!

9. Avocado Corn Salsa – Tastes just like Chipotle’s corn salsa but it’s really a million times better with the addition of avocado. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Avocado Corn Salsa - Tastes just like Chipotle's corn salsa but it's really a million times better!

10. Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli – A super easy, no-fuss copycat recipe that’s wonderfully hearty and comforting even during the hot summer months. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Olive Garden Pasta e Fagioli - A super easy, no-fuss copycat recipe that's wonderfully hearty and comforting, except it tastes 100x better!

11. Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls – The restaurant charges over $10 for 3 egg rolls. You can spend the same amount and make at least 10 right at home so you don’t have to share with anyone. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Cheesecake Factory Avocado Egg Rolls - It's so much cheaper to make right at home and it tastes a million times better too!

12. Bang Bang Chicken – Amazingly crisp chicken bites drizzled with sweet chili mayo. So good, you may want to double or triple the recipe. [GET THE RECIPE.]

Bang Bang Chicken - Amazingly crisp chicken bites drizzled with sweet chili mayo – so good, you’ll want to double or triple the recipe!

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32 comments

  1. I also love your Red Lobster cheddar bay biscuits! It’s all thanks to that recipe that I found your blog 3+ years ago and I’m so happy I did 🙂

  2. These recipes look awesome!  Your followers should all try your Copycat IKEA meatballs- so delicious!  You have made my life so much easier.  After cooking meals for my husband and kids for 33 years, sometimes I just don’t want to think of what to make for dinner again. Then I check your wonderful blog and I’m inspired to cook and my husband is always happy with the many Damn Delicious recipes that I have prepared for him!  I have  directed my 3 grown kids to your blog acnd many friends! Thank you!!

  3. Bang Bang Chicken was a huge hit….the chicken is tender and juicy and the coating is crisp and light…and then you add the sauce….OMG! Thanks for sharing 😉

  4. I would like to know if you could copy Bravo’s Rochester mich) chopped salad and Bad Brads (Shelby twp mich) bbq chowder? Thanks for these recipes also.

  5. Do you happen to have the recipe for TGIF’s Chicken Artichoke Soup? My daughters and I used to love going there and pairing it with their vanilla cheesecake slice to share. They have not offered it for quite some time and back then, they only offered it in the winter months.

  6. I make your copycat chow mein recipe at least once a week. I usually double up the veggies and sometimes add bits of bell peppers or other bits from the Fridge. Great use of celery that’s getting a little wilted for example.
    Love your posts 

  7. I made the PF Chang Lettuce Wrap recipe and it was super delicious. I’m going to try many recipes from your site. Thanks for the wonderful recipes.

  8. I pinned 80% of your copy cat recipes.  Thank you for taking the time to put this together.  I look forward to making some of these.  

  9. Thanks so much for sharing these!

  10. TGI Fridays used to make a creamy chicken pasta that had artichokes, dried tomatoes and I think bacon. I can’t remember the name. Would you happen to know the name and have the recipe?

    • Unfortunately, I do not have a TGI Fridays copycat recipe at this time.

    • If you Google “TGI Fridays creamy chicken pasta”, there is a recipe that comes up. I don’t know how close it is to tasting like the original, but worth a try!

  11. I have made these lettuce wraps many times. My family and I love them. They are the closest I have made to the restaurant original. Thanks.

  12. There is no Olive Garden where I live; viewed your recipe for Pasta e Fagioli several months ago, tried it and loved it!! Hearty, healthy and delicious.
    Thank you.

    Would you, by chance, have a recipe, “copy cat” of course, for Red Lobster’s “cheddar cheese biscuits”?

  13. So, two comments not allowed to post. I guess you only allow positive reviews. Huh.

  14. Wow! Those California rolls look awesome. Can’t wait to give them a try!

  15. Wow. What a great list of recipes! I love avocado egg rolls.

  16. But are these any healthier than the original recipes, which are often loaded up on fat.

    • Yes, absolutely. That’s the beauty of home cooking – you know exactly what is going into your dishes!

  17. I would LOVE it if you could a copy cat Panera Bread or Corner Bakery post. We don’t have those in Japan 🙁 and I miss them soooo much!

  18. I love copycat recipes and that you’ve put them all together in one post! Looks like you chose the best of the best here! Thank you!

  19. Oh so many delicious recipes. Thank you Chungah and have a wonderful day. Hope your puppy is doing well.

  20. Yum , yum! I love your recipes! Last week I made your sweet & sour pork chops and they were a hit. Can’t wait to try some of these.

  21. Recipes look really quick and easy and above everything delicious.

  22. Gracias, son geniales y me encanta cocinar las recetas que propones. Un saludo

  23. These look so good and that salsa looks amazing for the summer!