Copycat El Pollo Loco Chicken Recipe

Sheila Published November 19, 2020

How To Make Copycat El Pollo Loco Chicken

This chicken recipe is a perfect copy of El Pollo Loco’s chicken! It’s marinated with delicious seasonings and grilled to perfection.

Preparation: 8 hours
Cooking: 30 minutes
Total: 8 hours 30 minutes


  • 1tbspwhite vinegar
  • 2garlic clovesminced
  • ½tspkosher salt
  • ½tspdried oregano
  • ¼tspground pepper
  • ¼jalapenoseeded and minced very finely
  • 1cuppineapple juice
  • 2tbsplime juice
  • 1tbspcanola oil
  • 8chicken thighsbone in and skin on


  1. Mix the vinegar, garlic, salt, oregano, ground pepper, jalapeno, pineapple juice, lime juice, oil into a large bowl.

  2. Whisk well, then reserve ¼ cup of the marinade in a small tupperware.

  3. Add the chicken to the bowl, then cover with plastic wrap.

  4. Marinade overnight.

  5. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees F.

  6. In a cast iron grill pan, add the chicken skin side up.

  7. Cook in the oven for 25 minutes.

  8. Using potholders, place the pan to the stove top and heat at medium high heat.

  9. Spray some foil with canola oil spray.

  10. Place the foil sprayed side down over the top of the chicken.

  11. Press the foil onto the meat with either a bacon press, a foil wrapped brick or a second heavy pan.

  12. Spoon half the reserved marinade over the chicken while it cooks.

  13. Cook for another 3 minutes, then remove the bacon press.

  14. Flip the chicken, then add the rest of the reserved marinade on top.

  15. Cook for 3 more minutes.

  16. Serve, and enjoy!


  • Calories: 461.50kcal
  • Fat: 33.86g
  • Saturated Fat: 8.87g
  • Trans Fat: 0.17g
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 14.51g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 7.20g
  • Carbohydrates: 5.21g
  • Fiber: 0.16g
  • Sugar: 3.21g
  • Protein: 32.08g
  • Cholesterol: 189.14mg
  • Sodium: 274.83mg
  • Calcium: 21.11mg
  • Potassium: 445.00mg
  • Iron: 1.46mg
  • Vitamin A: 44.78µg
  • Vitamin C: 5.03mg
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