Copycat recipes pt.2 {recipe}

Ready for another round of COPYCAT recipes?!  There really is nothing like making something yourself that tastes just like one of your favorite menu items from your favorite restaurants!  Not to mention you can do it at home for a fraction of the cost!  You just can’t beat that.
This first yummy recipe is a copycat from a place called Rumbi Island Grill, which you can only find in Utah, Colorado, Arizona, and Nevada.  Being in Ohio, it’s not easily accessible when I have a craving!  It’s a good thing I’ve found some great copycats to fulfill my craving, this one included.  I have made it 4 or 5 times now, and it is delicious (and figure friendly).  The recipe looks long, but don’t let that intimidate you, it comes together really easy 🙂

Hawaiian Spicy Chicken Teriyaki Rice Bowl with Rumbi Rice
1 Tbsp. vegetable oil
4 carrots, peeled and grated (I cut up some baby carrots, it’s what I had on hand)
3 celery stalks, washed and sliced
1 zucchini, chopped into small cubes
1 1/2 c. chopped broccoli florets
2 c. chicken, grilled and cut into small cubes  (I boiled mine this time, I’m sure it’s even better grilled!)

*Rumbi Rice (see recipe below)

**Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce (see recipe below)

Heat vegetable oil in a large skillet over medium-high heat. Add carrots, celery, zucchini, and broccoli (pretty much equal parts of said vegetables.. you can add more or less veggies depending on your taste). Saute ONLY until vegetables are crisp tender. About 1-2 minutes tops. Serve over Rumbi rice and top with chicken. Serve with Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce on the side (about 3 Tbsp. per bowl.. you can add more or less depending on your taste).

*Hawaiian Coconut Rice with Red Beans (aka Rumbi Rice)

2 c. long grain white rice
2 1/2 c. water
1 (14oz) can coconut milk (about 1 1/2 c.)
1/2 Tbsp. sugar
1 can red beans, drained and rinsed

Combine all ingredients in a rice cooker. Gently stir it all together so the beans are all mixed. Place the lid on and start the rice cooker. Fluff rice with a fork before serving.

If you don’t have a rice cooker Combine water, coconut milk, and sugar in a saucepan. Stir in rice and beans. Bring to a boil over medium heat. Cover, reduce heat, and simmer 18 to 20 minutes, until rice is tender. 

**Spicy Hawaiian Teriyaki Sauce:

3/4 c. Mr. Yoshida’s teriyaki sauce (found in the grocery store by the BBQ sauces)
1 tsp. soy sauce
2 tsp. chili garlic sauce (in the Asian section of the grocery store.. we used Sriracha– if you want to make it spicier.. add more of this to the sauce)
1 tsp. fresh ginger
pinch of salt
pinch of brown sugar
1 Tbsp. cornstarch
2 Tbsp. cold water

Combine Yoshida’s, soysauce, garlic sauce, ginger, salt, and brown sugar in a small saucepan. Bring to a boil and then reduce to a simmer. Combine cornstarch and water and SLOWLY add to sauce for thickening. You want it to be slightly thicker than the Yoshida’s sauce. Allow to simmer for about a minute. Cool to room temperature and serve with your rice bowls. (If you find that the sauce is too thick when it cools, just add a little more Yoshida’s to it)

Recipe Source:  Favorite Family Recipes
Next up….who loves CPK!?  For those of you who are not following, I’m referring to the California Pizza Kitchen.  I usually am a sucker for their amazing salads, but their pizzas are phenomenal as well.  This version turned out really well, and I love the zucchini that was in it.  The peanuts and the cilantro made it, in my opinion.

CPK’s Thai Chicken Pizza

1 ball pizza dough (see recipe below)
Olive oil, for brushing
¼ cup sweet Asian chili sauce, plus extra for drizzling
1 shallot, thinly sliced
½ large zucchini, thinly sliced
1 tsp. red pepper flakes
1 cup shredded cooked chicken
2/3 cup shredded mozzarella cheese
3-4 tbsp. chopped peanuts
2 tbsp. minced fresh cilantro
2 tbsp. minced fresh basil (optional)

To make the pizza, increase the oven temperature to 500˚ F and preheat a pizza stone.  Roll out the pizza dough into a 12-14 inch round.  Lightly brush the perimeter of the dough with olive oil.  Spread the chili sauce over the crust in an even layer.  Layer with the shallot, zucchini, red pepper flakes, shredded chicken, and cheese.

Transfer the pizza to the preheated pizza stone and bake until the cheese is melted and bubbling and the crust is lightly browned, about 10-12 minutes.  Remove from the oven and let cool slightly.  Sprinkle evenly with the peanuts, cilantro, and basil before slicing and serving.

Recipe Source:  Annie’s Eats

Pizza Dough

1 c warm water, divided
1 tsp sugar
1/4 oz package active dry yeast (or 2 1/4 tsp.)
3 Tbsp oil (olive oil or vegetable)
2 ½-3 c flour
1 tsp salt

Put warm water in bowl. Stir in sugar and yeast and let proof for 1o minutes. Stir in rest
of ingredients. Mix until a ball, knead 10 minutes. Put additional oil in bowl and let rise in oil bowl for 1 ½ hours.

When dough is ready, press out onto pizza pan.  Preheat oven to 425 degrees.  Spread Alfredo sauce over dough and spread garlic over sauce.  

Layer chicken, spinach, bacon, mozzarella, then Parmesan cheese.  (You can brush crust with butter and dust with garlic powder…it is really good 🙂  Bake for 15-18 minutes until cheese gets bubbly.

What copycat recipes do you love?


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