El Pollo Loco Chicken

READY IN: 24hrs 48mins
Recipe by LsuGrrl

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

Top Review by Michael A.

I doubt El Pollo Loco adds yellow food coloring! I'm going to try tumeric.

Ingredients Nutrition

  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 garlic cloves, minced
  • 12 teaspoon salt
  • 12 teaspoon dried oregano, crumbled
  • 18 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 14 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. Marinate chicken in zip-lock bag over-nite.
  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. Grill over indirect heat, turning 4 times, 12 minutes each time.
  4. Serve with your favorite tortillas, rice and Borracho beans.

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