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Old 02-18-2020, 12:28 AM   #1
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Default Sort Of An El Pollo Loco Hack

I always wanted to try homemade pollo loco and finely got around to it.

For those that may not know, El Pollo Loco is a Mexican style grilled chicken fast food restaurant. Originated in Mexico which still operates there and also here in the Western U.S. (Different companies in both countries but very similar in style) In the U.S. locations are mostly in CA with some locations in AZ and TX. It's flame or fire grilled chicken and it's quite good. You can get chicken meals and also get tostadas, burritos, tacos, salad's etc. They're very decent for a fast food joint.

Anyway, I marinated some drumsticks in orange, lemon, pineapple juice along with cumin, cinnamon, garlic, chile powder, allspice, coriander etc etc. I opted out of any type of food coloring and used turmeric and saffron to get the yellow hue their chicken usually has



They also have variety of salsas so I did a runny, finely minced pico de gallo





And a creamy avocado salsa that is one of my favorites there



Made some cassava flour tortillas (been liking these a lot)





Put the chicken on the gasser as they're usually grilled at the restaurant on gas grills



Served up with beans, salsa and the cassava tortillas



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Nice and tender. This was really good but I need to play with the ingredients a little more to dial in that true Pollo Loco flavor. I'm going to try direct grilling also next time. Can't say that it wasn't good though but need to fiddle with it more.

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Old 02-18-2020, 12:53 AM   #2
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Looks great! you've been busy
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No black beans?

One of the best fast food places out there, Nicely done.
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Looks Great to me Sako
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That looks incredible Sako!
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Looks dayum good from here!!!
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Almost as good as the stuff at Los Pollos Hermanos!!
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Yes! Now just need a chocotaco to finish the meal
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No black beans?

One of the best fast food places out there, Nicely done.
Thanks Bruce!

I like all beans but I absolutely love pinto.
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Oh yeah!

Haven't had one of those in a while.
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Looks and sounds awesome.

I have never heard of that chain...but am staying in Arizona for a while...looked it up and found one close...gonna have to give it a whirl.

I love chicken wings and their Sweet/Tapatio sound good.
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I have found a few things make a surprising amount of difference for pollo asado.

1. You have to do whole birds, spatchcocked with the full ribs and keel bone removed. The times I've tried doing cut piece messes with the technique.
2. Mexican oregano vs Italian oregano makes a huge difference
3. They need to be cooked slowly over open flame. 80% cooked skin side up with low heat, then the last 20% over more direct heat flipping often.
4. After cooking pour some reserved marinade over the meat and then rest uncovered
5. You have to you charcoal, preferably mesquite if you can get it.
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Your cooks are always a treat Sako. I tried similar recipe with pineapple and swore I would never do it again. Enzymes turned it into mush. Family was ready to evict me.
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