7 Copycat Recipes That Are Better Than Going Out

Save your money and make a healthier version of these popular dishes.

If you’re craving your favorite restaurant meal, don’t beat yourself up. It’s completely normal to want some of your standby favorites! The real challenge is being strong enough to skip the takeout and stick to your meal plan, instead. We’d like to make it easier for you by giving you what you want: 7 copycat recipes that are better than going out.

These recipes are cheaper, healthier, and they don’t require you to make the drive to your favorite restaurant. In addition, you won’t become derailed from your weight loss goals by a restaurant craving. Those all sound like wins to me!

As a bonus, all of these recipes are easy to make at home. Most of them can be made for your weeknight meal. So, get ready to learn how to make copycat recipes that are better than going out. They taste so much like the originals, you’ll probably even trick the family into thinking that you’re having a cheat day!

1. Copycat Sushi Volcano Roll

Sushi is one of the few restaurant dishes that isn’t full of fat and calories. It’s usually pretty good for you, but I’ll tell you that meal isn’t cheap. It’s really easy to rack up a bill…or leave hungry trying to avoid one. Once you start making sushi at home, you’ll realize it’s just as good and significantly less expensive. This sushi volcano roll is easy to make – you can either use shrimp, salmon, or bay scallops.

2. Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowls

Chipotle is absolutely my one, everlasting guilty pleasure. The only problem is I end up loading up on the cheese, avocado, and sour cream. I can’t say no when I get to that part of the line! It turns a potentially healthy meal into a calorie-laden one. These copycat burrito bowls sneak in a few extra vegetables (and nutrition) by using cauliflower rice instead of white rice.

3. Vegan KFC Copycat Coleslaw

I have really fond memories of KFC growing up. Their chicken was crunchy on the outside and juicy on the inside. We always took a party pack to block parties, and no meal was complete without that creamy coleslaw. I try to avoid the fast food joints these days, but I do crave that coleslaw! This vegan copycat recipe is almost better than the original.

4. Panera Bread Fuji Apple Chicken Salad

There’s really nothing fancy about this Panera Bread salad…except that it’s completely delicious. Luckily, it’s also quick, easy, and inexpensive to make at home. I love the way the crunchy apples contrast the soft chicken, and then there’s those pecans. Glazed pecans should almost be illegal they’re so tasty! Toss it all together with funky blue cheese, spicy red onions, and a homemade balsamic vinaigrette.

5. Copycat Chick-fil-A Nuggets

Okay I’m going to be very real here: I used to go to Chick-fil-A anytime I had the opportunity. Luckily for me, the closest Chick-fil-A happens to be over 50 miles away, and I always seem to visit that town on a Sunday, so I save myself from the calorie-bomb. Then, I started making this copycat recipe, and it’s way better than going out! It’s so much healthier, but it still captures everything I love about chicken nuggets.

6. Homemade Copycat Big Mac Recipe

This is the ultimate copycat recipe. We’re taking something so completely iconic in the fast food world and turning it into a healthier, homemade version. How cool is that! The key is really in the special sauce and making sure you shred the lettuce. Whole leaves of lettuce just won’t do – it’s all about the way those little crunchy pieces of lettuce just melt into the sauce.

7. Healthier Olive Garden Garlic Rosemary Chicken Recipe

Skip filling up on those endless breadsticks (and all of the calories that go along with them). This is a skinnier version of my Olive Garden favorite: garlic rosemary chicken. The chicken is nice and juicy, and the mushrooms absorb all of that garlicky goodness. This is one restaurant quality meal that’s also completely guilt-free.

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Chef Lindsay

Lindsay D. Mattison is a professional chef, recipe developer, and food writer. After graduating from Cascade Culinary School, Lindsay worked as the executive chef of a farm-to-table restaurant in Bend, Oregon. She is passionate about using local, organic ingredients and loves teaching home cooks how to incorporate seasonal food into their diet. While she spends most of her time writing these days, she still exercises her culinary muscles on the regular, taking any opportunity to create beautiful meals for her family. She lives with her husband in Colorado, where she enjoys the trials and errors of gardening.

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1 Comment

  1. What an awesome round up. I can’t wait to share this one on facebook and pinterest. My readers will love this! Thank you for putting this together.

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