Top Copycat Recipes (America’s Favorites)

Whether you’re too far from your favorite chain restaurant, looking to save a few pennies, or just prefer to spend the night in, these Copycat Recipes from your favorite restaurants have you covered.

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From The Olive Garden to Chick-fil-A, from Texas Roadhouse Steakhouse to P.F. Chang’s, here’s a breakdown of your favorite Copycat Recipes and exactly how to make them.


Auntie Anne’s

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Auntie Anne’s Pretzels

Our Auntie Anne’s Pretzels Recipe is heaven and just like the real thing. The buttery, chewy, slightly sweet pretzel dough just melts in your mouth.

Make them at home and watch QVC instead of cruising the mall. This recipe is by far one of our most popular on the site. Prepare to taste why!

Copycat Recipe Auntie Anne’s Pretzels with Cheddar Dipping Sauce
The buttery, chewy, slightly sweet pretzel dough that just melts in your mouth. 
Check out this recipe
copycat auntie annes pretzel feature

Chick-fil-A

chick-fil-a mac and cheese copycat recipe

Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese

Whether you’re a fan of Chick-fil-A or not, they makes some of the best mac and cheese around. So make this recipe for Copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese (without giving them your pennies!) and satisfy cravings at home.

Hint: It’s all about the cheese mixture. Once you’ve tackled that, you’ll never go back to any other mac and cheese recipe.

A Better than Copycat Chick-fil-A Mac and Cheese Recipe
According to Chick-fil-A’s website, the cheese sauce is a special blend of over many different cheeses ( including Romano, cheddar, American, Montamore, Asiago, and Parmesan).
Check out this recipe
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Chili’s

Chili's Cajun Chicken Pasta in bowl with pasta

Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta

Chili’s Grill & Bar (just Chili’s to us hardcore fans) never disappoints in my book. When Chili’s first came to town when I was a kid, it was a big deal! I have fond memories of eating cheesy goodness as appetizers for dinner. Most recently, Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe has become my go-to. Both at the restaurant and home.

Chili’s Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe
This light but flavorful Chili's Cajun Chicken Pasta Recipe is the answer to all your chicken and pasta cravings.
Check out this recipe
Chili's Cajun Chicken Pasta in bowl with pasta

Chipotle

side dish of chipotle fajita veggies

Chipotle Fajita Veggies

If you’re a fan of Mexican food and have been to a Chipotle restaurant, then you’re probably a lover of Chipotle Fajita Veggies. The thing is, you’re not always going to have a Chipotle in your backyard. The good news is that these sautéed pepper and onion veggies are super easy to make at home. 

Chipotle Fajita Veggies
Fast to make but so delicious. These veggies are a perfect side or addition to dozens of recipes.
Check out this recipe
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Kentucky Fried Chicken

KFC coleslaw copycat recipe

Kentucky Fried Chicken Coleslaw

If you are a coleslaw snob, and like the tangy-sweet taste of KFC coleslaw you’ll love this Copycat KFC Coleslaw Recipe.

Make it for a BBQ or cookout with burgers and hotdogs, or make it to go alongside a delicious steak. Eat what you want with what you like. Anything goes!

Copycat KFC Coleslaw
Cheaper and more delicious than KFC!
Check out this recipe
Copycat KFC Coleslaw

Kings Hawaiian

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Kings Hawaiian Bread

There’s nothing like a sweeter bread to satisfy carb cravings. Or is that just me?

I’ve made this King Hawaiian Bread in a loaf pan, as dinner rolls, and also as a braided loaf. No matter its shape, it’s perfectly delicious.

Kings Hawaiian Bread {Copycat Recipe}
Takes just like the real Kings Hawaiian Bread!
Check out this recipe
CopyCat Kings Hawaiian Bread - Daily DIY Life.com

McDonald’s

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Shamrock Shake

When it comes to rich, creamy, extra minty desserts, nothing beats a McDonald’s Shamrock Shake Recipe

Unfortunately, they only come around once a year. So learn to make them at home. And Every day can be a shamrock day 😉

McDonald’s Copycat Shamrock Shake Recipe
Cheaper more satisfying and equally as delicious as McDonald’s!
Check out this recipe
Shamrock Shake! Copycat Recipe! DailyDIYLife.com

Olive Garden

olive garden creamy mushroom sauce pasta copycat

Olive Garden Creamy Mushroom Sauce Pasta

This mushroom sauce for pasta tastes like the real thing at the restaurant. But I’ll be honest, I’m pretty sure this recipe is better.

Try out this Copycat Olive Garden Creamy Mushroom Pasta and let us know what you think.

Olive Garden Creamy Mushroom Sauce (Copycat Recipe)
This Olive Garden Creamy Mushroom Sauce for pasta is rich and savory. It tastes nearly identical to being at the restaurant. I’ve even been told it’s better!
Check out this recipe
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Outback Steakhouse

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Outback Ranch Dressing

This Copycat Outback Ranch Dressing Recipe is a must for all occasions.

Dip your carrots in it, then your hot wings. Finally use it traditionally as a salad dressing. Regardless of how you serve it, it will be the best homemade (or restaurant style!) ranch dressing you’ve ever had.

Copycat Outback Ranch
With just a few ingredient and 2 steps, get restaurant-quality ranch dressing in minutes.
Check out this recipe
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P.F. Chang’s

PF chang's chicken lettuce wraps

P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wrap

If you’re a fan of this restaurant, you’re going to thank us for this recipe. P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps are iconic.

This recipe uses crunchy water chestnuts, savory fish sauce, and bright, fresh ginger.

Copycat P.F. Chang’s Chicken Lettuce Wraps
Savory umami flavor with a crunch, all wrapped up in fresh butterhead lettuce.
Check out this recipe
PF chang's chicken lettuce wraps

Red Lobster

red lobster cheddar biscuit

Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuits

The salty flavor from the cheddar cheese and the moist  fluffy center are just the perfect combination.

This Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Biscuit Recipe is very close to the real thing. Making it at home makes it that much more rewarding.

Red Lobster – Copycat Cheddar Biscuit
These biscuits are just like the real thing at Red Lobster.
Check out this recipe

Starbucks

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Pink Strawberry Açaí Refresher

If you are in need of a sweet, satisfying and refreshing drink that is still Keto friendly, this Copycat Starbucks Keto Pink Drink will do the trick.

Low carb, sugar-free and keto-friendly, this doctored-up passion fruit tea is next-level delicious.

Satisfying & Refreshing Copycat Starbucks Keto Pink Drink
A refreshing copycat recipes that will fool anyone into thinking that they purchased Starbucks
Check out this recipe

Iced Caramel Macchiato

Starbucks Iced Caramel Machiato

If you’re a Starbucks fan and love their drinks, this caramel and vanilla based espresso drink will hit the spot!

Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato {Copycat}
Starbucks Iced Caramel Macchiato is a refreshing coffee drink that also is a good pick-me-up (due to its two shots of espresso).
Check out this recipe
Iced Caramel Macchiato

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Starbucks Bacon and Gruyere Egg Bites

I’m a huge fan of Starbucks Egg Bites. They are great on the road if you need a healthy and quick snack.

Unfortunately, they’re not as healthy as your wallet. So make them at home before your trip!

Starbucks Bacon Gruyere Egg Bites Recipe
These fluffy, cheesy, salty little bites will satisfy your Starbucks craving like none other.
Check out this recipe
Starbucks Bacon Gruyere Egg Bites Recipe

Texas Roadhouse

copycat texas roadhouse steak on plate with potatoes and veggies

Texas Roadhouse Steak

When the grill beckons you, a dry rub for your steak is the only way to go.

This Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak recipe is great to have in your back pocket for all cookouts, BBQs, or just family meals.

Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak
With high quality steak and a few simple spice ingredients, this Copycat Texas Roadhouse Steak rub will hit the spot every time.
Check out this recipe
copycat texas roadhouse steak on plate with potatoes and veggies

We’re always looking for more Copycat Recipes to create just for you! Below are the top 50 chain restaurants in the United States by state. Which restaurant do you want to see more from? Let us know in the comments below.

RankingRestaurant
#1Baskin-Robbins
#2Dairy Queen
#3Wendy’s
#4Krispy Kreme
#5 Dunkin’
#6Pizza Hut
#7Cinnabon
#8IHOP
#9The Cheesecake Factory
#10Domino’s
#11Panera Bread
#12Subway
#13Sonic
#14Chick-fil-A
#15Burger King
#16Applebee’s Neighborhood Grill
#17Olive Garden
#18Arby’s
#19KFC
#20Texas Roadhouse
#21Taco Bell
#22Popeyes
#23Cracker Barrel
#24Outback Steakhouse
#25McDonald’s
#26Red Lobster
#27Cold Stone Creamery
#28Denny’s
#29Marie Callender’s
#30Waffle House
#31Red Robin
#32Mrs. Fields
#33A&W Restaurants
#34Five Guys
#35LongHorn Steakhouse
#36White Castle
#37Boston Market
#38Chili’s
#39Papa John’s
#40TGI Friday’s
#41Little Caesars
#42Nathan’s Famous
#43Chipotle Mexican Grill
#44Buffalo Wild Wings
#45Hard Rock Cafe
#46Golden Corral
#47Quiznos
#48Auntie Anne’s
#49Jersey Mike’s Subs
#50Panda Express
data from Stacker.com
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Until next time: Stay salty, and sweet 😉

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