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Copycat recipes from the most popular fast food restaurants in America

  • Copycat recipes from the most popular fast food restaurants in America

    In this fast-paced world, the convenience of a drive-through dinner can be hard to resist. Still, 82% of the meals consumed by Americans in 2018 were prepared in the comfort of their own kitchens. With greater access to simple recipes via the internet and popular cooking shows on television, Americans appear to be finding the ease of cooking at home more appealing.

    The health benefits are difficult to ignore, especially considering that a majority of American diets exceed the recommended amount of added sugars, saturated fats, and sodium. Cooking at home makes it much easier to control what goes into our bodies, rather than leaving it up to chance at a fast food restaurant—where consumers are off by about 650% when estimating the amount of salt in their meal. Almost everyone in the U.S. could use a little break from the sodium and preservatives that often accompany going out to eat. Nevertheless, it can be hard to refuse cheap, accessible food that delivers instant gratification and nostalgia.

    The experts at QSR recently released data on the 50 most popular fast food restaurants in America for 2018, which led Stacker to scour the plethora of popular lifestyle blogs and online cooking sites available to find copycat recipes from the top 20 most popular fast food restaurants. For kitchen novices and experienced cooks alike, these recipes promise to help create healthier, budget-friendly, at-home versions of your favorite fast food menu items.

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  • McDonald's chicken nuggets

    Source: 12 Tomatoes

    McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets are fried, easily dunkable, and loved by children throughout the world. This copycat recipe is sure to be a godsend for busy parents of picky eaters, and it only takes 30 minutes. Shake the tenderized chicken in a bagged mixture of flour and spices, dip the battered chicken in egg, lightly fry for 10 minutes, and finish in the oven.

  • Starbucks pumpkin spice latte

    Source: Penny Pinchin’ Mom

    The iconic drink is notorious for warming hearts and stomachs alike during the holidays and has caught on well outside the Starbucks spectrum. This recipe combines creamy pumpkin puree, pumpkin pie spice, espresso, milk, brown sugar, and decadent vanilla syrup to bring the famous latte to your home kitchen.

  • Subway sandwich bread

    Source: Bless This Mess

    Any fan of Subway knows that the bread makes or breaks the sandwich. This recipe lets you enjoy that soft, delicious bread in the comfort of your own home. Combine warm water, yeast, sugar, salt, olive oil, and flour. Allow the dough to rise for 30 minutes, and bake for 25 minutes for the perfect loaf.

  • Burger King Whopper

    Source: Serious Eats

    Utilize a charcoal grill to get the classic flavor Whoppers are known for. This recipe gets technical, taking into consideration everything from patty depth to onion-slicing techniques.

  • Taco Bell Crunchwrap Supreme

    Source: Life in the Lofthouse

    This crunchy wrap is loaded with flavorful ground beef, crisp lettuce, melty cheese, and fresh tomatoes, just like the classic Taco Bell version. To go even more homemade, make your own taco seasoning for the beef.

  • Wendy's chili

    Source: Allrecipes

    There’s nothing like a warm bowl of chili from Wendy’s to spice up a cold evening. This version of hearty chili stews the spices, ground beef, vegetables, and beans for an hour to get the very best depth of flavors. You can even adjust the amount of heat for those who can’t handle the spice.

  • Dunkin' Donuts jelly doughnuts

    Source: Taste of Home

    The humble jelly is widely recognized as one of the messiest doughnuts to eat at Dunkin’ Donuts—and that’s not necessarily a bad thing. In this version, you can choose exactly which type of jelly or jam you’d like to put inside the warm, fluffy donuts. After making the dough, divide it into circles and sandwich the jelly in between, fry until golden brown, and roll in sugar while still warm.

  • Chick-fil-A sandwich

    Source: Serious Eats

    Out of all the items on Chick-fil-A’s menu, the hand-breaded chicken sandwich has to be the most iconic. This copycat recipe combines spicy cayenne and smoky paprika in the seasoning, and it really goes in-depth as to what makes the perfect chicken sandwich. For example, brine the chicken breast for at least six hours to make this sandwich a real show-stopper.

  • Domino's stuffed cheesy bread

    Source: Allrecipes

    Use a blend of different cheeses—at least five—to create this version of Domino’s satisfying snack. The recipe even leaves room for interpretation, like adding jalapeños or bacon to create another layer of flavor.

  • Pizza Hut pan pizza

    Source: Genius Kitchen

    No need to call for delivery when you’re craving a cheesy pan pizza from Pizza Hut. This recipe gives you all the information you need to create one at home, right down to the fresh pizza dough and homemade sauce. The dough needs to rise for at least an hour and the oven pumped to 475 degrees Fahrenheit for maximum effect.