50 Copycat Restaurant Recipes (2024)

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1. Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing 2. Lightened-Up KFC’s Fried Chicken Tenders 3. CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter How to Make Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe 4. Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe 5. Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts 6. Taco Bell Copycat Recipe – Quesarito 7. Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe 8. Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe Crock Pot Copycat 9. Chicken Crispers Chili’s Copycat 10. Pumpkin Spice Latte Starbucks Copycat Recipe 11. Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi 12. Cafe Rio Sweet Pork 13. Auntie Anne’s Snickerdoodles 14. Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup 15. The Homemade Secret to McDonald’s French Fries 16. Royal Red Robin Burger Recipe 17. Chipotle’s Chicken Burrito Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice 18. Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce 19. Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls 20. KFC’s Secret Cole Slaw Recipe 21. McDonald’s CopyCat Sweet Chili Chicken Wrap 22. Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes 23. Make A Wendy’s Frosty At Home With Only 3 Ingredients 24. Cracker Barrel Biscuits Copycat Recipe 25. Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat 26. Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat 27. Copycat Cheesecake Factory Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake 28. Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe 29. Jamba Juice’s Caribbean Passion Passport Smoothie 30. Starbucks’s Pumpkin Scones 31. Chipotles Sofritas 32. Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Munchkins 33. Cheese Cake Factory Avocado Egg 34. Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets 35. Lightened-Up Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp 36. Copycat Chipotle Pico de Gallo 37. Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole 38. Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup 39. Alice Springs Chicken Copycat Recipe 40. Red Lobster Tartar Sauce 41. McDonald’s McFlurry 42. Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza 43. Chili’s Copycat Enchilada Soup 44. Lightened-Up Jack in the Box Tacos 45. Starbucks Lemon Loaf 46. Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe 47. Shake Shack Smoke Shack 48. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits 49. Orange Julius 50. Olive Garden’s Baked Parmesan Shrimp FAQs References

Looking for the best copycat recipes from your favorite restaurants? Ever tried to duplicate a restaurant recipe to no avail? I certainly have, and more than once, I’ve ended up with a true recipe disaster on my hands. Pulling off your own “secret sauce” is not simple, but somehow, these bloggers and chefs have managed to come up with the perfect combinations of ingredients to duplicate some of my favorites. Call me impressed. From my favorite crispy fried chicken at Chili’s, to Chipotle chicken burritos to yummy desserts from the Cheesecake factory, this list of recipe copycats is sure to wow you and your dinner guests.

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If you have a favorite food from a top restaurant or chain and want to try making it at home, you have to check out these 50 best copycat restaurant recipes. Quit spending money eating out and make food from your favorite restaurant chains at home. Save money, plus you get to eat as much as you want! After testing hundreds, the are our top picks of the best restaurant copycat recipes.

1. Copycat Olive Garden Salad Dressing

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Unbelievable that I never knew how easy this one was to make at home. First on my list because I now always keep a bottle of my own homemade Olive Garden salad dressing in the fridge, this dressing recipe is simply divine. I love eating at the restaurant, too, but now I can add this to my favorite chicken salads and veggie combos at home. Try dipping carrot sticks in it for a most delicious snack idea. If you are looking for Olive Garden copycat recipes, this salad dressing copy cat is the most requested and most loved for a reason. Try some out today. We also have lots more cool salad dressing recipes here.

2. Lightened-Up KFC’s Fried Chicken Tenders

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KFC but better? How on earth could you do that? Well, this awesome fried chicken recipe has the perfect combination of seasonings and spices to taste like Kentucky Fried Chicken, but it has tons less fat in it, so it is better for you. This means you can eat it more often without feeling guilty, so I say better! For the best in KFC copycat recipe ideas, nothing tastes better than this healthy chicken tenders recipe. Tastes just like Colonel Sander’s version, but without all the fat. This is a perfect dish to try out with your picky eaters – every single one of my kids love this recipe.

3. CopyCat Texas Roadhouse Rolls with Cinnamon Honey Butter

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Yum. Yum. Yum. I made these Texas Roadhouse Copycat Rolls for Christmas dinner and the memory still has me saying that and thinking about them. So delicious, these homemade rolls are incredibly awesome. It is not as hard to make homemade rolls as you might think, either. Check out the recipe and try some of these for dinner tonight. I promise you will not regret it. If you are looking for the most requested Texas Roadhouse copycat recipe, we think you absolutely must start with these homemade dinner rolls. Add honey butter to them when they come out of the oven, and it is heaven. Of all the copycat recipes I’ve tried, this one is probably my favorite. Everyone loves this homemade roll recipe, and it does taste just like the ones at Texas Roadhouse.

How to Make Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe

4. Cracker Barrel Fried Apples Recipe

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I don’t love everything on the Cracker Barrel menu, but their fried apple dessert is something I just can’t live without. Sometimes I have to wonder if I am glad I learned how to make this one at home. Apple, butter and cinnamon-y goodness does not get any better than this. However, for special occasions (like every weekend) I highly recommend this dessert recipe. One of the most loved Cracker Barrel copycat recipes around, these fried apples make an awesome dessert, but I have to admit sneaking into the kitchen and eating them for breakfast, too.

5. Krispy Kreme Glazed Doughnuts

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I love Krispy Kreme doughnuts so much and I only get to eat them once a year when I go visit my mom. Eating a hot fresh Krispy Kreme doughnut has been a requirement for every trip I make to see her for 15 years. When I saw this copycat recipe for a Krispy Kreme knockoff, I was skeptical, but when I tried it, the result was stellar. Plus, you get to eat as many as you want! A great Saturday morning breakfast idea to surprise your kids or out of town guests, these homemade doughnuts rock! When it comes to awesome restaurant menu duplicates, this doughnut recipe from Kristy Kreme is one of the best copycat recipe ideas we’ve tried.

6. Taco Bell Copycat Recipe – Quesarito

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Taco Bell sauces and food have this distinctive flavor that is not easy to replicate. This is why, I think, that they now do well selling Taco Bell sauces and seasonings in my local grocery store. However, this copycat of the Taco Bell quesarito is really super. Not quite a quesadilla, not quite a burrito, but full of cheesy goodness and even better. If you want a fast food restaurant recipe that is sure to be good, or if you just have to have your daily quesarito, try this one.

7. Copycat Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe

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Looking for Chipotle recipe copycats? Chipotle menu dupes are some of our favorites, and we love being able to make these dishes at home. No need to spend money at Chipotle or go out of your way to pick up barbacoa when you can make this at home. I served this at my work Christmas party last year, and it was a big hit. This barbacoa freezes well, too, so it is good to keep on hand when you want a quick meal to heat up in the microwave.

8. Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana Recipe Crock Pot Copycat

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One of my favorite copycat restaurant recipes, this crockpot version of my Olive Garden favorite soup is a hit with my family. Easy to make, it tastes just as the one I love to order when I eat out.

9. Chicken Crispers Chili’s Copycat

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Baby back ribs may be some people’s favorite dish to order at Chili’s Bar and Grill, but mine would have to be the Chicken Crispers. There is just something about that batter on their fried chicken I can’t live without. Recently, I tested out this replica via a lookalike recipe and was surprised to find it tastes just like the original. I can now make one of my favorite restaurant dishes at home and so can you!

10. Pumpkin Spice Latte Starbucks Copycat Recipe

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Oh, how much money I could have saved last year if I’d only had this Starbucks pumpkin spiced latte recipe. Oh well, at least I have it now. Try making this coffee drink for yourself and start enjoying PSL from Starbucks without paying $6 every time you want one.

11. Noodles & Company Pesto Cavatappi

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12. Cafe Rio Sweet Pork

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13. Auntie Anne’s Snickerdoodles

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14. Panera Bread’s Broccoli Cheddar Soup

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15. The Homemade Secret to McDonald’s French Fries

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16. Royal Red Robin Burger Recipe

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17. Chipotle’s Chicken Burrito Bowl with Cilantro Lime Rice

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18. Copycat Olive Garden Alfredo Sauce

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19. Cinnabon Cinnamon Rolls

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20. KFC’s Secret Cole Slaw Recipe

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21. McDonald’s CopyCat Sweet Chili Chicken Wrap

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22. Copycat Cracker Barrel Pancakes

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23. Make A Wendy’s Frosty At Home With Only 3 Ingredients

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24. Cracker Barrel Biscuits Copycat Recipe

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25. Panda Express Chow Mein Copycat

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26. Panda Express Orange Chicken Copycat

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27. Copycat Cheesecake Factory Pineapple Upside-Down Cheesecake

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28. Outback Steakhouse Ranch Salad Dressing Recipe

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29. Jamba Juice’s Caribbean Passion Passport Smoothie

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30. Starbucks’s Pumpkin Scones

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31. Chipotles Sofritas

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32. Dunkin Donuts Chocolate Munchkins

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33. Cheese Cake Factory Avocado Egg

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34. Chick-fil-A Chicken Nuggets

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35. Lightened-Up Bonefish Grill’s Bang Bang Shrimp

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36. Copycat Chipotle Pico de Gallo

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37. Ruth’s Chris Sweet Potato Casserole

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38. Outback Steakhouse Walkabout Soup

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39. Alice Springs Chicken Copycat Recipe

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40. Red Lobster Tartar Sauce

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41. McDonald’s McFlurry

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42. Copycat Taco Bell Mexican Pizza

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43. Chili’s Copycat Enchilada Soup

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44. Lightened-Up Jack in the Box Tacos

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45. Starbucks Lemon Loaf

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46. Chipotle Barbacoa Recipe

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47. Shake Shack Smoke Shack

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48. Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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49. Orange Julius

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50. Olive Garden’s Baked Parmesan Shrimp

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FAQs

What is the most guarded recipe in the world? ›

Kentucky Fried Chicken

KFC's fried chicken famously contains a blend of 11 herbs and spices, which are supposedly produced at two different plants and then combined at a third, so nobody can be in possession of the entire recipe, which is locked away in a vault.

How to develop recipes for a restaurant? ›

Tips to keep in mind when writing recipes:
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  2. Separate ingredients for major steps in a recipe. ...
  3. List steps in order, keeping instructions short and to the point. ...
  4. Give specifics about doneness. ...
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  6. Offer extra methods or substitutions (when tested).
Nov 19, 2020

What is the oldest recipe still in use? ›

Nettle Pudding

Originating in 6000 BCE, England; it is the oldest dish of the world that's rich in nutrients. Nettle pudding is made with stinging nettles (wild leafy plant), breadcrumbs, suet, onions, and other herbs and spices. This dish is steam cooked until it attains a mousse-like consistency.

What is the hardest meal to make ever? ›

The 17 Hardest Dishes To Make From Scratch
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How do chefs create new recipes? ›

At a high level, recipe development requires two distinct processes:
  1. Exploration: The process wherein a chef explores varying techniques, food genres, ingredients, and influences. ...
  2. Exploitation: The process wherein a chef hones the particular techniques, ingredients, and flavor profiles that define a final dish.
Feb 18, 2021

Can I use someone else's recipe in my restaurant? ›

However, the instructions for making the recipe is copyrighted. That means when you show your staff how to make the food, you have to write the instructions yourself or legally purchase the instructions yourself. Edit: The original post compared recipes to song lyrics, citing neither are copyrightable.

Can restaurants use other people's recipes? ›

The courts don't necessarily consider food intellectual property. The U.S. government refuses to issue copyrights to recipes, which it describes as “a mere listing of ingredients or contents, or a simple set of directions.” Some restaurants have argued their recipes are trade secrets.

What is the full name of secret recipe? ›

Secret Recipe Cakes and Café Sdn Bhd (doing business as Secret Recipe) is a Malaysian halal-certified café chain company established since 1997.

Is the recipe for Coca Cola a trade secret? ›

The formula for making Coca‑Cola is a trade secret. We have protected the special taste of Coca‑Cola for more than 130 years. Only The Coca‑Cola Company knows how to make Coca‑Cola. That way, when you buy one of our drinks, you can be sure you're getting the same delicious and refreshing experience time and time again!

Why is secret recipe famous? ›

Secret Recipe is the best restaurant and café in Bangladesh. It serves award winning cakes and fusion foods in a casual dining environment. Secret Recipe Bangladesh has won the best restaurant and café award by Bangladesh Brand Forum.

What is secret dishes from around the world 3? ›

A celebration of the diversity of food, art and community, Secret Dishes From Around the World 3 is the perfect gift – for yourself or for a loved one! It features 40 recipes from 20 countries and beautiful, original artwork by talented artists across the UK.

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