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Thursday, July 28, 2011

Pollo Loco - Mexican Chicken and Rice

This could quite possibly be the best thing that I have ever made!  We both took one bite and knew this was our new favorite meal.  It was inspired by a dish Chicken Legs had when he was out of town.  He described the dish to me, and I thought it sounded like something I would like. 

I decided to take a shot at it and recreate it at home.  It was unbelievable!  The chicken had a fabulous flavor, and the Mexican rice was spot on!  We will never have to go out for Mexican again.

Chicken Legs said this was so good that he could write my blog post today -"YOU MUST MAKE THIS!"  Well said!

Pollo Loco
(Printable Recipe)

4 boneless, skinless chicken breasts
1 bottle Lawry's Baja Chipotle marinade or Lawry's Mesquite Marinade

3 Tbsp vegetable oil
1 cup uncooked long grain rice (not instant)
1 Tbsp dried minced onion flakes
1 tsp garlic salt
1 tsp Pampered Chef Southwestern Seasoning or Taco Seasoning
2 cups chicken broth
1/2 cup tomato sauce

1 container Mexican Queso (I used Gordos Cheese Dip)
chopped tomato

Pour Baja Chipotle Marinade over chicken and let marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes or overnight. When ready, grill chicken until done (165 degrees).

While the chicken is grilling prepare the rice.

Heat oil in a large saucepan over medium heat and add rice. Cook, stirring constantly, until puffed and golden. While rice is cooking, sprinkle with salt and Southwestern or Taco Seasoning.

Stir in onion flakes, tomato sauce and chicken broth; bring to a boil. Reduce heat to low, cover and simmer for 20 to 25 minutes. Fluff with a fork.

Heat cheese dip according to package directions set aside.

To assemble the Pollo Loco - place 1/4 of the rice on a plate, top with grilled chicken. Pour 2-3 Tbsp cheese dip over chicken and rice and top with chopped tomatoes.

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  2. Your chicken Dishes are lovable. This one also seems very interesting to make & eat. The white creamy cheese over the chicken is making the dish more zesty. Great Share ! Cheers !

  3. this looks amazing! can't wait to try this soon...i crave mexican food way too often to go out for it, so this is perfect. thanks for posting! :)

  4. That looks better than the ones I've had out!

  5. It looks delicious and with all the great food you make, calling it your best ever, certainly moved it to the top of my try list.

  6. Sounds yum! And easy, to boot!

  7. This looks amazing, I can't wait to make it!!!

  8. Going to add this to my menu for next week when all of the fun starts at my house.

  9. That picture is screaming "MAKE ME" too! Copying this right away.

  10. I want to make this, but I live in a rural area and neither of the grocery stores carries Lawry's Baja Chipotle. Can you tell me what the flavors are in it so I can possibly recreate it? Thanks!

  11. TammyJapan - you can use Lawry's Mesquite marinade if you can't find the new Baja Chipotle. The flavors are very similar. Good Luck!

  12. I definitely need this in my life...yum!

  13. I made this last night and it was delicious...I actually used the Carribean jerk marinade since my store didn't have the Baja Chipotle. Hubby and kids gave it 5 stars!!Delicious and easy...Thanks!

  14. mcamanda5 - So glad your family liked it! I could eat this once a week - I love it!

  15. I made this last night and really enjoyed it! I used Arizona Dreaming from Penzey's spices in the rice. Next time I think I'll try to incorporate some corn and black beans into the rice as well. Thanks for sharing this great recipe!

  16. My family LOVED this Loco Chicken and it was so easy! Made enough for leftovers, but there weren't any. My teenage son asked me to make it again tomorrow night. A new family favorite! Thanks, Steph.

  17. This was sooo good! My husband gobbled it up and talked about it for the rest of the night. I had to go to 3 different stores to find the Baja Chipotle, but it made the dish. So much great flavor here!

  18. Made this for dinner last night - I honestly ate so much I was sick. THIS IS SOOO GOOD! Thanks for sharing!

  19. Is there a 12-step program for Pollo Loco addicts? Ever since I cooked this the first time, my son has INSISTED that we have it at least once a week. He is hooked! : )

  20. Angie - if you find a program let me know. I am also addicted to this dish!!

  21. I've been making this recipe for about a year now and it's truly a family-favorite at our house. Thank you so much for sharing!

  22. I hate to ask, but what kinds of herbs/spices do you think would work as a substitute for the Lawry's? I am gluten free, so their marinades are a huge no-no for me. I'm dying to make this because it looks amazing. Thanks for any help you can offer. I have it on the menu for next week, but I'm afraid skipping the marinade will mess it all up.

    1. I have celiac and was also wondering about the marinade. But, after checking the Lawry's product info, I found that the Baja Chipotle and Mesquite marinades are both gluten free. :)

  23. Some how I didn't notice the queso dip part of the recipe so I had to leave it off, but this was still delicious! We used the mesquite marindae and loved it!

  24. I use the cubes of chople instead


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