Pollo Loco – Mexican Chicken and Rice

Pollo Loco – grilled chicken over Mexican rice and smothered in white queso – My favorite Mexican recipe! I literally licked my plate! SOOO good!!

Pollo Loco - grilled chicken over Mexican rice and smothered in white queso - My favorite Mexican recipe! I literally licked my plate! SOOO good!!

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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.

We grilled our chicken. If you don’t have access to a grill or the weather isn’t right to fire up the grill, you can cook the chicken inside. Pan sear the chicken breasts in a skillet for 3 or 4 minutes per side. Place chicken on a baking sheet and bake at 425ºF for an additional 10 minutes. 

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

Pollo Loco - grilled chicken over Mexican rice and smothered in white queso - My favorite Mexican recipe! I literally licked my plate! SOOO good!!

Pollo Loco

Yield: 4 people
Prep Time 10 mins
Cook Time 20 mins
Total Time 30 mins
Pollo Loco – grilled chicken over Mexican rice and smothered in white queso – My favorite Mexican recipe! I literally licked my plate! SOOO good!!

Ingredients:

  • 4 boneless skinless chicken breasts
  • 1 bottle Lawrys Baja Chipotle Marinade or Lawrys 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 Southwestern or Taco seasoning
  • 2 cups chicken broth
  • ½ cup tomato sauce
  • 1 container refrigerated white Mexican Queso (I used Gordos Cheese Dip)
  • 1 chopped tomato

Instructions:

  • Pour Lawrys 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/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.

Notes:

If you don’t have access to a grill or the weather isn’t right to fire up the grill, you can cook the chicken inside. Pan sear the chicken breasts in a skillet for 3 or 4 minutes per side. Place chicken on a baking sheet and bake at 425ºF for an additional 10 minutes. 
Pollo Loco - grilled chicken over Mexican rice and smothered in white queso - My favorite Mexican recipe! I literally licked my plate! SOOO good!!

Steph

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Comments

  1. 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!

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

  3. 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!

    1. Made this and it’s DELICIOUS!! Next time I think I’ll make some refried beans to go along with it. Thanks for sharing your recipe!!

  4. 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.

  5. 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! 🙂

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