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    El Pollo Loco Chicken

    El Pollo Loco Chicken. Photo by Gillian Spence

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    24 hrs 48 mins

    24 hrs

    48 mins

    LsuGrrl's Note:

    El Pollo Loco knock-off recipe. This is it, from Nancy Berry from the Orange County Register newspaper. The company used to sell a dry seasoning packet that you just added the juice too, but I cant find it anymore. This is as close as you will get to the origianal

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    Serves: 4


    chicken ...

    Units: US | Metric

    • 6 ounces pineapple juice
    • 2 tablespoons lime juice
    • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
    • 2 garlic cloves, minced
    • 1/2 teaspoon salt
    • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
    • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
    • 1/4 teaspoon mild chili pepper, remove stem and seeds from chiles, finely minced (Anaheim or California)
    • 8 drops yellow food coloring (but accurate) (optional)
    • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
    • 4 lbs frying chicken, cut up


    1. 1
      Marinate chicken in zip-lock bag over-nite.
    2. 2
      Reserve 1/4 cup marinade to baste while cooking, making sure the chicken cooks on both sides minutes AFTER basting the final time--we don't want our Italian friend Sal Monilla to show up :-).
    3. 3
      Grill over indirect heat, turning 4 times, 12 minutes each time.
    4. 4
      Serve with your favorite tortillas, rice an borracho beans.

    Ratings & Reviews:

    • on August 06, 2012


      This is the TRUE recipe that El Pollo uses; I think it's funny one reviewer said "didn't taste anything like it." Hahahah :) Just goes to show you that you can't believe all reviewers.

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    • on June 20, 2010


      This was great, it really does taste like EPL. With the overnight marinating time, the flavors fully permeate the chicken for a juicy flavorful result.

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    • on August 19, 2009


      This is an absolutely wonderful marinade for chicken that you must try. I found this recipe in the same newspaper several years ago and have made it many times over. It is one that I always go back to and it smells/tastes great. I use dried California mild chili peppers with fine results. Definitely a keeper!

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    Nutritional Facts for El Pollo Loco Chicken

    Serving Size: 1 (515 g)

    Servings Per Recipe: 4

    Amount Per Serving
    % Daily Value
    Calories 1034.2
    Calories from Fat 646
    Total Fat 71.8 g
    Saturated Fat 20.0 g
    Cholesterol 340.5 mg
    Sodium 609.9 mg
    Total Carbohydrate 6.8 g
    Dietary Fiber 0.2 g
    Sugars 4.4 g
    Protein 84.7 g

    The following items or measurements are not included:

    mild chili peppers

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