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Friday, March 06, 2009

Carnitas Chicken from El Pollo Loco

Carnitas Chicken from El Pollo Loco
Leave it to a crazy chicken to do something like preparing chicken meat in a pork-like fashion. I tried to stay away from this item but have had people ask me, "So, OC Mex Food Guy, what is up with that carnitas chicken from El Pollo Loco? Don't they know carnitas is pork?" The official line from El Pollo Loco is, "We've taken a traditional pork dish and made it tastier with citrus-marinated chicken."

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I finally tried it today for lunch and I think I liked it. It was certainly different and very moist and juicy with some peppery flavor enhancement. You can get a chicken carnitas platter like I did or a taco or a burrito or as the centerpiece of one of their low-carb bowls.

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If you've tried it leave a comment with your opinion.

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6 comments:

DanGarion said...

I had the burrito about a month ago and I really liked it. It's really a different taste, it's sort of like carnitas but it has a sort of sweet peppery taste to it. I've been wanting to get it again but just haven't got back to El Pollo Loco as of late.

ChristianZ said...

I actually had a taco a couple weeks ago and didn't know what to make of it. It certainly is a new kind of flavor.

Kimberly said...

I tried it when it first came out in the taco. I really liked it. I think they maybe could have kept us from being so confused if they'd just chosen a different name. I like the tenderness of the chicken, and the lightly sweet/peppery flavor. I tried the burrito too, and it was ok, but I didn't think it was worth the $5.50 price.

ChristianZ said...

Now we just have to get somebody to comment who's had the bowl. Of course the meat would still taste the same...

Johnny Automatic said...

I had the combo plate - I agree that the taste is very good. Just can't get past them calling them the oxymoronic "chicken carnitas"

ChristianZ said...

"Hey, chicken. Pork called. It wants its term back."