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    21 Copycat Restaurant Recipes You Can Make In Your Own Kitchen

    With restaurants temporarily closed, make these signature dishes in your own kitchen.

    We're counting down the days until our favorite restaurants are able to reopen their doors to sit-down service, but in the meantime, you can make some of your favorite dishes at home with these copycat recipes.

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    1. Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets With Honey Mustard Dipping Sauce

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    The secret to this perfectly moist fried chicken: pickle juice. Chicken tenders get brined in pickle juice, dredged in egg and flour, and fried until golden brown and crispy. Get the recipe for copycat Chick-fil-A nuggets here.

    2. Copycat Applebee's Tequila Lime Chicken

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    These chicken breasts get marinated in a zesty mixture of chili powder, lime juice, garlic, and, of course, tequila. Then they're served over spiced rice and topped with pico de gallo, avocado, and tortilla strips. Get the recipe for copycat Applebee's tequila lime chicken here.

    3. Copycat P.F. Chang's Mongolian Beef

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    The key to this recipe is the five-ingredient sauce made with soy sauce, brown sugar, garlic, ginger, and vegetable oil. Serve it over rice with a healthy sprinkle of scallions for good measure. Get the recipe for copycat P.F. Chang's Mongolian beef here.

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    You don't need a ton of fancy ingredients to make this signature dish. You'll need a Vidalia onion, eggs, milk, and a handful of spices. This version gets a twist, cooked in the air fryer instead of fried in oil. Get the recipe for copycat Outback Steakhouse Bloomin' Onion here.

    5. Copycat Applebee's Queso Blanco

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    This one-pot recipe features half-and-half, two types of cheese, jalapeño peppers, onion, chopped tomato, and cilantro. Serve it with anything from tortilla chips to crudités. Get the recipe for copycat Applebee's queso blanco here.

    6. Copycat P.F. Chang's Chicken Lettuce Wraps

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    Bibb or romaine lettuce gets filled with a mixture of ground chicken, water chestnuts, mushrooms, and scallions tossed in a homemade hoisin-soy sauce. If you don't have ground chicken, try making these wraps with pork, beef, shrimp, or even tofu. Get the recipe for copycat P.F. Chang's chicken lettuce wraps here.

    7. Copycat Olive Garden Zuppa Toscana

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    There's nothing too difficult about whipping up this hearty Tuscan-inspired soup — made with Italian sausage, potatoes, chicken broth, cream, and kale — at home. Get the recipe for copycat Olive Garden zuppa toscana here.

    8. Copycat Panera Bread Mac 'n' Cheese

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    This super-luscious mac 'n' cheese is cooked entirely on the stove top, so it's quick and simple. Don't overlook the hot sauce and Dijon mustard, two ingredients you probably wouldn't think to put in your mac. Get the recipe for copycat Panera Bread mac 'n' cheese here.

    9. Copycat Outback Steakhouse Coconut Shrimp

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    Start with frozen shrimp; coat them with a mixture of flour, cornstarch, and shredded coconut; fry them in oil; and serve with an easy, four-ingredient dipping sauce made with hot sauce, orange marmalade, Dijon mustard, and honey. Get the recipe for copycat Outback Steakhouse coconut shrimp here.

    10. Copycat McDonald's Sausage and Egg McMuffin

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    Made with an English muffin, egg, American cheese, and homemade sausage patties seasoned with sage, thyme, and onion powder, the humble McMuffin just might be the greatest breakfast sandwich creation out there. Get the recipe for the copycat McDonald's sausage and egg McMuffin here.

    11. Copycat Olive Garden Fettuccine Alfredo

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    It doesn't get much more decadent than creamy fettuccine Alfredo, but Olive Garden's version is in a league of its own. Making it requires little more than butter, cream, Parmesan, cream cheese, your favorite pasta, and some spices. Get the recipe for copycat Olive Garden fettuccine Alfredo here.

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    Don't skimp on the homemade biscuits. After all, they come together with just five ingredients. The chicken is baked from start to finish in the oven, but it still achieves that delightful fried texture thanks to a coating of buttermilk, flour, and bread crumbs. Get the recipe for copycat Chick-fil-A mini chicken biscuits here.

    13. Copycat Domino's Thin-Crust Pizza

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    This thin pizza crust doesn't contain yeast, so there's no waiting for it to rise, and you can satisfy your pizza craving in a matter of minutes. If you don't have a pizza stone, it's not the end of the world. Cook your pizza on a preheated baking sheet. Get the recipe for copycat Domino's thin-crust pizza here.

    14. Copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

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    Make sure to use burrito-sized flour tortillas for these breakfast wraps, which are large enough to contain the cheesy beef filling. Nacho cheese gives these wraps extra decadence, and corn tortilla chips add that satisfying crunch. Get the recipe for the copycat Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme here.

    15. Copycat Arby's Beef and Cheddar

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    A simple sandwich of sliced roast beef and American cheese on an onion bun gets topped with a tangy sauce made with ketchup, garlic powder, and onion powder. Get the recipe for copycat Arby's beef and cheddar here.

    16. Copycat Applebee's Oriental Chicken Salad

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    Our minds are blown that such a simple salad can be so satisfying. Maybe it's the chicken tenders, but more likely it's the homemade honey Dijon dressing. Get the recipe for copycat Applebee's Oriental chicken salad here.

    17. Copycat Chipotle Chicken

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    The marinade makes all the difference for this moist and flavorful chicken. It's made with adobo sauce, olive oil, ancho chile powder, cumin, and oregano. Serve it with rice and a scoop of guacamole. Get the recipe for copycat Chipotle chicken here.

    18. Copycat Shake Shack Burgers

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    What separates Shake Shack's burgers from the rest is the homemade sauce, which calls for nothing more than some pantry staples: ketchup, mayo, Dijon mustard, dill pickle brine, and spicy cayenne pepper. Get the recipe for copycat Shake Shack burgers here.

    19. Copycat Wendy's Frosty

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    With just three ingredients — vanilla ice cream, Nesquik powder, and milk — there's absolutely no reason not to whip up a delicious Frosty at home. Get the recipe for the copycat Wendy's Frosty here.

    20. Copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits

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    These buttery and garlicky biscuits require little more than the ingredients that are already sitting in your pantry. You'll need buttermilk, baking powder, baking soda, flour, cheddar cheese, and some spices. Get the recipe for copycat Red Lobster Cheddar Bay Biscuits here.

    21. Copycat Panera Broccoli Cheese Soup

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    Butter, flour, chicken stock, whole milk, and sharp cheddar cheese make this one of the most indulgent and heartwarming bowls of soup around. Get the recipe for copycat Panera Bread broccoli cheese soup here.