What could possibly be better than dining out or grabbing a bite at a fast food drive-through? How about making your restaurant favorites right in your very own kitchen anytime a craving strikes — DIY-style? Imagine that. We bet your mouth is watering just thinking about it! Copy-cat recipes are easy to whip up with ingredients from your refrigerator and kitchen pantry cabinet, but that’s not the best part. They’re also usually less expensive than restaurant fare, especially when feeding a family. And like the custom cabinets you designed at TheRTAStore, you can be as creative as you want to be. When you cook at home, it’s easy to switch things up, experiment, and customize based on your food preferences, because you control the ingredients! So, pull up a stool at the kitchen island and let’s dig in.
Copy-Cat Chicken Sandwich
America’s favorite chicken sandwich is perfectly seasoned, plump and juicy, and fried to a gorgeous golden brown. But what gives it such a unique flavor? Dill pickle juice! This recipe from Better Homes and Gardens is just as good as the original, and maybe even more tasty, because you make it yourself! We recommend serving your fried chicken filets on a lightly toasted and buttered brioche bun with pickle slices, but you can also customize your toppings by trying various sauces and spreads, like mayo, BBQ sauce, Ranch dressing, Buffalo sauce, honey mustard, or drizzled with honey — waffle fries optional. For the recipe from BHG, click here.
Copy-Cat Chicken Alfredo with Breadsticks
Dig out the big pasta bowls from your custom cabinets and find the grater for that wedge of fresh parmesan in the back of the fridge! This copy-cat recipe from Tablespoon tastes just like the most popular dish served at all the top Italian restaurant chains. Click here to get the recipe. No fresh garlic or parsley in your kitchen pantry cabinet? Feel free to sub dried herbs from your spice rack in a pinch. You can also swap chicken for shrimp, or go meatless and try the sauce over different types of pasta (instead of fettuccine). Serve your Chicken Alfredo with a tossed salad topped with garlic croutons, pepperoncini peppers, and homemade Italian dressing, plus a side of made-from-scratch breadsticks.
Copy-Cat Mongolian Beef and Chow Mein
This restaurant-style favorite features tender, pan-fried slices of flank steak in a sweet and savory sauce of fresh garlic, ginger, brown sugar, and soy. You’ll also need to pull out a big wok or saucepan from your cookware organizer to recreate this beloved entree. For instructions and an easy-to-follow recipe from Favorite Family Recipes, click here. Customize your meal by adding shrimp to the mix, or fresh veggies like mushrooms, carrots, onions, green beans, and/or broccoli. Serve it with a side of rice or another great copy-cat recipe, vegetarian chow mein noodles.
At TheRTAStore, we help make your dream home a reality with RTA (ready to assemble) and pre-assembled cabinets and accessories. Whether it’s your kitchen, bathroom, laundry room, home office, home bar, or TV room, we offer the same (if not better) quality you would find at any retail store, but for a fraction of the price. Stop by our website or give us a call, and let us make your dreams come true with the help of our free room design service.