3 Easy and Delicious Homemade Fast Food Ideas

If your family loves going out to fast food restaurants, but it is getting a bit pricey, I have a solution for you.

Here are the best homemade fast food recipes that will save you money and leave your family satisfied. Trust me, these homemade fast food meals taste better than takeout.

Please note that these are not exact copycat recipes of restaurant meals, but just delicious at home versions of some of your restaurant favorites.

Making chicken & gravy

1. Chicken & gravy

This is the homemade version of the KFC famous bowl, but I like this version so much better.

1. Start with the mashed potatoes. Wash, peel and cut up your potatoes, put them in a crock pot, cover with water and add in some chicken bouillon.

2. Add in garlic powder, salt, pepper, onion powder, and paprika. Season with your heart. Mix everything together, put the lid on it, and let it cook on high for about 4 hours.

3. In a few hours, take four cobs of corn, cut the corn off the cobs and get it into a pot with some butter and a little bit of salt. If the corn is not sweet enough on its own, also add some sugar.

4. Get some thinly cut chicken breast and season it on both sides with chicken seasoning, all purpose seasoning or any other kind that you like.

Making chicken & gravy

5. Get the chicken on a pan with some olive oil and cook it for a little bit on each side just so it gets some color. There is no need to cook it all the way through because you will be finishing it in the gravy.

Making chicken & gravy

6. Remove the chicken from the pan, add a bit of butter and a bit of flour. Add some water to our roux, and then add chicken bouillon powder, beef bouillon powder, and some seasonings.

Stir everything together. Let it simmer on a low medium heat, you do not want it to burn or scorch at the bottom, but it should become nice and creamy.

Making chicken & gravy

7. Once that gravy comes together, add in the chicken and just give it a few minutes, until the internal temperature of the chicken is 165.

8. Let’s get back to the potatoes. Drain them, and to the crock pot add a bit of butter and evaporated (or regular) milk.

Let it warm up a bit before getting the potatoes back in, you want everything equally warm in order to get light and fluffy mashed potatoes that are easy to whip.

9. Serve the chicken, mashed potatoes and corn and enjoy!

Chicken & gravy

This is a thousand times better than going to the restaurant and getting the KFC Bowl, and so cheap, too.

2. Steak night

If you want to treat yourself to a fancier meal, make this amazing ribeye steak dinner.

Brussels sprouts

1. For the creamy Brussels sprouts on the side, wash and cut up Brussels sprouts, add in some heavy cream, minced garlic, onion powder, and some cheese.

Mix it all together and get it in a greased casserole dish. Top with some more cheese and pop it in the oven at 375 F for about 30 minutes.


2. Wash and cut up potatoes and coat them in olive oil. Add a couple teaspoons of dry onion soup mix and give them a toss. Lay them out on a cookie sheet and roast in a 400 degree oven for 20-30 minutes depending on the size.

Cooking steak

3. It is best to cook steaks at room temperature, so leave the steaks out while you work on everything else. Season the steaks on both sides and make sure the pan is hot before you add them in.

Let them sit on one side for six minutes, then flip and give them another six minutes. A couple of minutes before they are done. add a couple of tablespoons of butter on top of each steak with some dried rosemary. Let the butter melt and coat the steak.

Steak dinner

4. Serve the steak, potatoes and Brussels sprouts.

3. Pollo Bandito

Pollo Bandito, Pollo Supremo, Chef special, or whatever you call it at your local Mexican restaurant, is easy to make at home, even if this is not authentic at all.

Making Pollo Bandito

1. Get thinly cut chicken breast, coat it in olive oil, and season it with some adobo seasoning, pepper and cumin. Let that marinate in the fridge for 30-60 minutes. Then grill it on your grill.

2. Add two cans of black beans into a pot, add some chicken bouillon powder, some cumin, and a little bit of garlic powder. Then let those heat through.

3. For Mexican style rice, rinse the rice until the water comes out clear, add some oil and move it around over medium high heat until it is toasty with some color.

Making Pollo Bandito

4. In the meantime, prepare queso by melting down a generous amount of white cheddar and Pepper Jack cheese with some heavy cream and adding in some green chilies.

Making Pollo Bandito

5. Once the rice looks ready, add in chicken broth, tomato sauce, and seasonings. Bring it to a boil, reduce the heat, put a lid on it and let it cook for about 20 minutes. Then turn the heat off and let it sit for about five minutes, and then just fluff it with a fork.

Pollo Bandito

6. Serve the chicken, queso, beans, rice and some tortilla chips. I recommend adding avocado as well.

Even with grocery prices being as high as they are nowadays, it is still so much cheaper to feed your family at home.

Homemade fast food

I hope I gave you some new meal inspiration. What restaurant favorites have you managed to recreate at home? Share your ideas in the comments below!

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