A typical El Pollo chicken breast is tender, tasty and succulent, and those are the results you will get if you make this recipe. This unique flavor is down to the exciting chicken marinade recipe used at El Pollo and, using the following recipe for El Pollo Loco chicken marinade, you can make your own version of this popular delicacy. Everyone is sure to be very impressed with it.
If you have the following ingredients, plus some macaroni and cheese and warm tortillas to serve on the side, you can make this wonderful treat. Give everybody in your family a fantastic dinner by preparing this flavorful meal and they are sure to request it time and time again because this makes an unforgettable dinner, even if you are a newbie in the kitchen or at the grill.
El Pollo Loco uses a few drops of yellow food coloring in the marinade to make sure the chicken looks appetizing when it is served. This is not necessary if you are making this chicken dish for your family but if you want to use food coloring, you will need about 8 drops of it for this recipe, to get the correct color.
Chicken Marinade from El Pollo Loco
Summary: El Pollo Loco chicken is special, and everyone will enjoy the fantastic flavor of this dish. You will find the chicken marinade easy to prepare and the results truly mouthwatering.
- ½ teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
- ½ teaspoon salt
- ⅛ teaspoon black pepper
- 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
- ¼ teaspoon finely minced chilies
- 1 tablespoon white vinegar
- 6 oz pineapple juice
- 2 tablespoons lime juice
- 2 whole minced garlic cloves
- 4 lbs chicken pieces
Combine the oregano, salt, pepper, vegetable oil, chilies, vinegar, pineapple juice, lime juice, and garlic.
Reserve ¼ of this mixture for basting.
Use the rest to marinate the chicken pieces, ensuring they are completely covered in the mixture.
Let the chicken marinate overnight, turning it over once.
Grill the chicken on a moderately hot grill, basting it with the reserved marinade a couple of times during cooking.
Enough for (Serves 6).
Preparation time is approximately 15 min
El Pollo Loco Style Chicken
Serve this El Pollo Loco chicken with a fresh salad to make the meal healthy and fresh-tasting. Chicken served with salad on the side is always nice in the warmer months, and you can get away with serving this in the fall or winter if you serve perhaps a hot soup as an appetizer and grill the chicken indoors on an electric grill. You could even use a griddle pan on the stove, since that will char the chicken and give you grill-marks just like if you were to use an outdoor grill. This recipe is brilliantly easy and anyone can make it.