Restaurant Recipes

El Pollo Loco Chicken

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Yield: enough sauce to baste 9 pieces



  • 1 chicken, cut into pieces (leave skin on)

Basting Sauce

  • 1/3 cup lemon juice
  • 1/3 cup lime juice
  • 1/3 cup canola or vegetable oil
  • 1 teaspoon ground turmeric
  • 1/2 teaspoon garlic salt
  • 1/4 teaspoon black pepper



  1. Briefly simmer the cut-up chicken in a deep-sided skillet, keeping the pieces in a single layer without crowding them, until the meat appears milky white and the juices run clear, no longer pink.
  2. Allow to cool in the broth, uncovered, while you prepare the basting sauce.

Basting Sauce

  1. Mix juices, oil, turmeric, salt and pepper.
  2. Arrange the chicken pieces skin-side up on broiler pan in single layer and baste with enough of mixture to evenly coat skin side. Turn and baste the other side. Turn skin side up and broil 6 inches from the heat source, brushing with additional sauce every few minutes until skin is very crispy and golden brown, approximately 5 to 8 minutes for large pieces.

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