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Taste test: Restaurant favorites' frozen versions

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From the restaurant to your microwave, many of America's most popular chain restaurants are selling frozen versions of their best-selling dishes in your supermarket.

And according to Consumer Reports, some might be worth staying in for.

California Pizza Kitchen's frozen BBQ Recipe Chicken Thin Crust is topped with similar ingredients as the restaurant version. And at $6, it's less than half the price.

"Our tasters found that the frozen version is worth a try, but the strong barbecue sauce overpowered the flavors," said Consumer Reports' Maxine Siegel.

Tasters were more pleased with the frozen versions of TGI Fridays Cheddar and Bacon Skins. The restaurant dish costs twice as much and has three times more calories and fat. P.F. Chang's frozen Shrimp Lo Mein resembles its restaurant counterpart in both price and appearance.

However: "The shrimp in the frozen version were noticeably small, and the tasters found that they don't have much flavor," Siegel said.

Boston Market's frozen chicken pot pie costs a little less than its restaurant sister, but it's much different. There were large chunks of rotisserie chicken in the restaurant dish, versus small cubes of spongy chicken in the frozen version, although tasters thought the crust was tasty.

Testers also said if you hope to enjoy Boston Market's popular meatloaf and fresh-tasting mashed potatoes at home, you might be disappointed. The frozen version is more like Salisbury steak and instant potatoes.

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