Take-Out, Fake-Out! 10 Homemade Versions of Your Favorite Restaurant Meals

Posted: August 9, 2021 12:41 pm

Staying In Has Never Tasted So Good

Although we love a good takeout dinner, the cost of eating out every night quickly adds up and you don’t always know what’s going into your food. These 10 recipes help you recreate your favorite restaurant meals for a homemade version that’s just as good (if not better!) than the original. Whether you’re cooking for yourself, meal prepping for the week or getting ready for a party, these tried and true dishes will always be a hit.

Copycat Popeyes Chicken Sandwich

Back in 2019, when Popeyes released its new crispy chicken sandwich, it was almost impossible to get your hands on one. Now, Gimme Delicious gives us the recipe to make the famous sandwich at home in just 30 minutes. For the perfect sandwich, she uses brioche, a rich bread with butter baked into each bun. Adding a layer of homemade spicy mayo, she layers pickles and crispy buttermilk brined fried chicken for a sandwich she thinks is even better than the original.

Copycat Red Robin Banzai Burger

Red Robin adds Hawaiian flair to their Banzai Burger with sliced pineapple and teriyaki sauce. For the easy homemade version, Six Sisters Stuff grills marinated pineapple rings to create crisp, caramelized lines. Together with tomato, lettuce, and cheese, they add more teriyaki sauce to each burger for an extra kick of flavor.

Quick Homemade Pizza

Pizza is always a crowd-pleaser, making this recipe the perfect activity for a date night or family dinner at home. Of course, you can always buy a premade pizza crust or sauce at the grocery store to customize the recipe to fit the amount of time and effort you have! Divas Can Cook tops her pizza with peppers, olives and turkey pepperoni however, you can be creative with your toppings! In addition to using your favorite ingredients, homemade pizza is also a great way to use up leftover meats or veggies in your fridge.

Chinese Chicken and Broccoli

Ready in 30 minutes, this Chinese “takeout” recipe is the perfect dinner for busy weeknights. It’s also a budget-friendly option, using chicken thighs and broccoli as the main ingredients. Erren’s Kitchen uses a homemade version of a teriyaki sauce made with honey, soy sauce, ginger and garlic. However, if you’re in a pinch, you can always buy a pre-mixed sauce from the store.

Copycat Chipotle Chicken Burrito Bowl

The star of this burrito bowl is the juicy grilled chicken. The Spruce Eats soaks her chicken in a marinade with garlic, chili pepper and lime for tender, flavorful meat. Just like at the restaurant, you can top your bowls with your favorite ingredients or even use cauliflower rice for a low-carb meal.

Olive Garden Inspires Tuscan Garlic Chicken

Comfort food doesn’t get better than a big hearty bowl of pasta. And when it comes to pasta, Olive Garden is the literal OG. Life Made Simple Bakes brings the Garden home with this Tuscan Garlic Chicken recipe. This dish features fettuccini pasta tossed in a creamy Alfredo sauce with spinach and bell peppers. Seared to a golden brown, breaded chicken cutlets finish the dish.

Homemade Pad Thai

Gimme Some Oven makes it easy to create a Pad Thai at home that rivals any from Thailand’s best restaurants. To make the popular dish, lime juice adds a bright pop of flavor to a sweet and savory sauce. With rice noodles, chicken, and veggies, crushed red pepper flakes and chopped peanuts add extra flavor and crunch.

Loaded Carne Asada Fries

This recipe combines two of our favorite takeout foods, crispy fries and steak nachos. This recipe takes just 45 minutes to make, less if you opt to use premade salsa and guacamole. The Girl on Bloor toasts frozen fries in the oven before smothering them with melted cheese. Cooking steak with chili powder, salt and pepper, she adds meat and her favorite nacho toppings before digging in.

Spicy Salmon Roll Sushi Bowl

Sushi is one of the most popular take-out meals but it’s definitely an intimidating food to try and make at home. Simmer and Sauce turns our favorite sushi roll into a bowl in this easy, healthy recipe. On a bed of sushi rice, she adds quick-pickled cucumbers, radish, avocado and ginger to bite-sized pieces of salmon and drizzles the whole bowl with spicy mayo. If you’re uncomfortable keeping your seafood raw, you can always use cooked fish or faux crab.

Homemade Chicken Tikka Masala

Just like the authentic Indian recipe, Cafe Delites makes her chicken tikka masala with marinated chicken and a creamy tomato curry sauce. Loaded with spices, the aromatic dish can be served over rice or buttery naan bread to soak up every last drop of flavor. The entire recipe comes together in only 45 minutes and uses a single pan for easy clean-up.



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