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El Pollo Loco Chicken Marinade


El Pollo Loco Chicken is made with a delicious marinade.

Even the most loyal Kentucky Fried Chicken fan has to give respect to a good El Pollo Loco chicken breast. They are always so juicy, tender, and flavorful. What many frequent customers are quickly discovering is that El Pollo Loco’s extremely unique flavor doesn’t just come from the chicken. A signature marinade is responsible for El Pollo Loco’s delicious savory taste.

Here is the recipe the Orange County Registrar published in a story about El Pollo Loco’s unique flavor. It serves six and it tastes just like El Pollo Loco served it up in your kitchen. All you need is warm tortillas and a side of macaroni and cheese.

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  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cloves of garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon crumbled dried oregano
  • 1/8 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 teaspoon mild chili peppers finely minced (the key is to make sure they are VERY finely minced)
  • 6 ounces pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 4 pounds of chicken for frying, cut up in the size you plan to serve


Servings 6
Preparation time 10mins
Cooking time 30mins


Step 1

Mix vinegar, garlic, salt, oregano, pepper, chili peppers, pineapple juice, lime juice and vegetable oil together. You can save ¼ of a cup on the side to use for basting the chicken later to add even more flavor.

Stick your chicken in the marinade; make sure it is completely covered and as airtight as possible. Leave it in the refrigerator overnight and somewhere around halfway turn your chicken, so all sides are equally exposed to the marinade.

Then just grill up your chicken and enjoy, maybe with some warm El Pollo Loco tortillas.

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