Dining out at your favorite chain restaurant can be a lot of fun, but wouldn’t it be great if you could duplicate your favorite dishes from scratch, at home? This way, not only can you impress your family by whipping up their favorite restaurant dishes, you can also control the level of fat and sodium that goes into them.
If you’re looking for a great copycat recipe cookbook, we suggest you start with Todd Wilbur’s Top Secret Recipes; Wilbur has been on the case since 1987. The full set contains more than 1,000 recipes, but there are also loads of recipes available online, ranging from Panera Bread’s broccoli Cheddar soup to Applebee’s Crispy Orange Chicken Bowl to Auntie Anne’s Pretzels available for purchase, neatly organized by chain.
If you’re looking for free roundups of classic dishes, Buzzfeed put together a great list with links to recipes including Red Lobster’s Cheddar Bay Biscuits, Olive Garden’s breadsticks, Outback’s Bloomin’ Onion (a healthier baked version, at least), PF Chang’s chicken lettuce wraps, and even a copycat In-N-Out Burger. Another great site that’s full of great copycat recipes is Six Sisters’ Stuff, where you’ll find 100 of them.