Most Ordered Dishes at Popular Restaurant Chains

Most Ordered Dishes at Popular Restaurant Chains
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Most Ordered Dishes at Popular Restaurant Chains

Check out the most ordered dishes at popular chains across the country and related recipes you can make at home.

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Friendly's Honey BBQ Supermelt

One enormous sandwich, Friendly's Honey BBQ Supermelt features breaded all-white chicken breast in a sweet honey BBQ sauce with melted Cheddar cheese, bacon, ranch dressing and naturally, comes with fries.

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If you like Friendly's Honey BBQ Supermelt, try this dreamy barbeque chicken sandwich. Simply toss leftover cooked chicken with barbecue sauce and crunchy carrots for a quick and healthy fix.

Get the Recipe: BBQ Chicken Sandwich

Red Lobster's Ultimate Feast

With tender split Maine lobster tail, steamed North American snow crab legs, garlic shrimp scampi and Walt's Favorite Shrimp, this extreme plate from Red Lobster truly has it all.

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If you love seafood, try this simple shrimp scampi dish at home. Scampi refers to shrimp that are split, brushed with garlicky butter and broiled. The recipe here calls for flavoring butter with lemon, garlic, parsley and thyme, then dotting it liberally on shrimp and roasting the shellfish until it sizzles.

Get the Recipe: Sizzling Shrimp Scampi

Applebee's House Sirloin

The popular House Sirloin comes in two sizes, 7 ounce and 9 ounces, and is served with seasonal veggies and garlic mashed or baked potato. The classic steak is the most ordered dish, but Applebee's Boneless Wings are a close second.

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If sirloin is what you crave, try this family-pleasing recipe for Beef Sirloin Steak with Baby Spinach. It features a creamy sauce flavored with balsamic vinegar. In just 40 minutes, you've got steak, veggies and potatoes ready to serve.

Get the Recipe: Beef Sirloin Steak with Baby Spinach

Boston Market's Rotisserie Chicken

“Our signature Rotisserie Chicken is our top-seller, followed by mashed potatoes and mac and cheese,” says Sara Bittorf, Chief Brand Officer for Boston Market.

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For a classic chicken dish you can make at home, try Pan-Roasted Chicken and Gravy. A cast-iron skillet is the perfect vessel for this simple roast chicken. Almost every side dish, be it vegetables, legumes, pasta or rice, goes well with it.

Get the Recipe: Pan-Roasted Chicken and Gravy

Carl's Jr.'s Western Bacon Cheeseburger

The iconic Western Bacon Cheeseburger takes the honors as the most ordered item at Carl's Jr. With an all-beef burger, two strips of bacon, American cheese, two onion rings and tangy BBQ sauce, we can see why.

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For a bacon-less twist, indulge in this Green Chile Cheeseburger. This burger is exactly what you'd expect it to taste like. A very tasty and spicy green chile sauce, made from grilled poblano peppers, tops the juicy burger.

Get the Recipe: Green Chile Cheeseburger

Red Robin's Red’s Tavern Double and Tavern Styles

Red Robin’s Red’s Tavern Double and Tavern Styles are its best-sellers. The Double is a double cheeseburger with lettuce, ripe tomato, and their special sauce. To spice it up, many also turn to the ever-popular Tavern Styles such as the Fiery Ghost Style burger with ghost pepper sauce, jalapeños and pepper jack cheese or the Pig Out Style with hardwood smoked bacon and bacon aioli. And don't forget Red Robin's bottomless French fries!

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If you love these Tavern styles, try tantalizing Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing. In this recipe, brush burgers with butter while they're on the grill. The natural sugars caramelize, making the meat extra-delicious.

Get the Recipe: Cheddar BLT Burgers with Tarragon Russian Dressing

California Pizza Kitchen's Original BBQ Chicken Pizza

BBQ sauce, smoked Gouda, red onions and cilantro make this original chicken pizza a tantalizing treat at California Pizza Kitchen.

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For another great protein-packed pizza, try Thai Chicken Pizza. Serve this Thai twist on pizza as is or with optional toppings, such as thinly sliced basil, cilantro, chopped peanuts and/or crushed red pepper on the side.

Get the Recipe: Thai Chicken Pizza

Olive Garden’s Chicken Alfredo

Olive Garden makes its Alfredo from scratch. The creamy sauce tops grilled chicken and Fettuccine in this classic dish served with a garden salad or soup and garlic breadsticks.

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If you like the ever-popular Chicken Alfredo dish, try this delicious Fettuccine Alfredo recipe (and feel free to add chicken for the full effect). This pasta dish only has 6 grams of fat per serving and calls for low-fat milk, reduced-fat cream cheese and Parmesan cheese instead of heavy butter and cream.

Get the Recipe: Fettuccine Alfredo

Denny's Grand Slam

At Denny's, the Grand Slam reigns supreme. Diners can build their own by combining four items, from a stellar list including bacon strips, buttermilk biscuits, buttermilk pancakes, eggs, hash browns, oatmeal and more.

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For a jam-packed breakfast like the Grand Slam, try Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs. This breakfast bake topped with runny eggs develops a terrific texture as it cooks slowly in a glass dish (which makes it easy to see when the bottom is perfectly browned).

Get the Recipe: Bacon, Tomato and Cheddar Breakfast Bake with Eggs

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Believe it or not, the most ordered dish at Friendly's is not ice cream, and the most popular dish at Applebee's doesn't come with fries. Grand plates with decadent combinations such as chicken with bacon or lobster with crab and shrimp reign supreme at some of the most popular American chains.

From Olive Garden to Denny's to California Pizza Kitchen, find out the most ordered dishes at popular restaurants around the country and related recipes to try at home, all in the slideshow above.

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