El Pollo Loco Grilled Chicken Copycat Recipe! (On The Primo G420)

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My version of El Pollo Loco’s grilled chicken! This recipe was inspired by the grilled chicken served up in Sinaloa Mexico.
Marinade:
1/2 cup rice vinegar
1/4 cup lime juice
1/4 cup orange juice
1/4 cup pineapple juice
2 teaspoons ancho chile powder
2 teaspoons paprika
1 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1 teaspoon ground black pepper
1 teaspoon turmeric
1-2 pinches saflour
1/2 teaspoon salt
1/4 teaspoon ground allspice
1/4 teaspoon ground cayenne
1/4 teaspoon ground clove
1/4 teaspoon ground coriander (cilantro seed)
6 cloves garlic, minced
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48 COMMENTS

  1. Greg, new sub here, hey that cooker looks awesome, reminds me of the Webber Summit, before the Summit. Love Pollo Loco! Its still kinda fresh. Growing up in East LA in the eighties Pollo Loco was the bomb. Greg I am going to try it Sir!

  2. back up on the chili powder and Cinnamon. instead of fake saffron puree a carrot. add garlic and onion powder add some water and ice with all of the other ingredients you have add to a container or bag and agitate for five or ten minutes let it rest for at least thirty minutes before cooking.

  3. PLEASE, DO NOT SHOW YOUR IGNORANCE!!! "EL POIO LOCO" LIKE THE ILLITERATE SPANIC SAY, HAS FLAVOR ENHANCER MSG, OR MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, WHICH IS A VERY TOXIC NEUROTOXIN, ALSO MEJICANOS NEVER CREATED OR INVENTED ANYTHING, THAT DOWNGRADED INDIVIDUALS DISHES ARE STOLEN FROM THEIR NEIGHBORS ANERICAN NATIVES, AND THEIR KITCHEN ELEMENTS ARE FROM SPAIN, ALSO DISHES FROM THE US PEOPLE, DESCENDANTS FROM EUROPEANS WHERE WE FIND CREATIVE PEOPLE, MEJICANOS ARE A PIECE OF FLASH, VERY MATERIALISTIC.THEIR CREATIVITY LEVEL IS OF A CHICKEN, MAY BE LESS.

  4. NO NO, EL POLLO LOCO HAS MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE, VERY BAD NEUROTOXIN ! THAT IS A FLAVOR ENHANCER, MEXICANS NEVER CREATED ANYTHING, THEY STOLE THE DISHES FROM THEIR NEIGHBORS, AMERICAN NATIVES AND KITCHEN ELEMENTS FROM SPAIN, MONOSODIUM GLUTAMATE IS VERY BAD FOR YOU !

  5. Nice try but we don't use rice vinegar, paprika, or a couple other things you've got there. That said, it seems like a good recipe and may give it a try.

  6. Thats a fine recipe but since you never put the chicken on the direct heat side, I wouldn't call it grilled chicken, because the technique is more like BBQ or roasted. On the other hand, it seems like they don't cover the grill at Pollo Loco, and it seems like the flames are coming directly from underneath their meat. So am still very much interested in finding out that elusive grilling technique that pollo loco is using.

    Here is real Polo Loco grill below:

    https://youtu.be/qiVY9xY6I_c

  7. I was trying to search for the ingredients online before buying it in the actual store. The ingredient “saflour” you wrote is the only one i cant find. Did you mean safflower? Thank you! ☺️ because saffron and safflower always comes out in the search engines. And they’re different as well.

  8. This chicken is great tasting. I have made it several times. I do it a little differently. I make a double recipe and freeze it in ice cube trays. Then I can pull out just the right amount for my needs. I put 2 thighs in a sandwich bag with 80 grams of marinade. That way I never waste any of the marinade. Thanks for a great recipe!

  9. This was nothing like el pollo loco chicken I tired this recipe and I was saying oh wow first off horrible! Please no one try this recipe or try at your own risk of it coming out nasty. Besides that his method of grilling it was on point.

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