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Why El Pollo Loco Is My Favorite Fast Food Chain

Sarah has tried various pizza chains over the years and loves Chicago deep-dish pizza.

What Is El Pollo Loco?

El Pollo Loco is a Mexican fast-food chain specializing in grilled chicken and is located in various states around the United States. The first El Pollo Loco was opened in Mexico in 1974 and the fast-food chain came to the United States in 1980. The first El Pollo Loco in the United States was in Los Angeles and now El Pollo Loco has locations in many cities in California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah, and Louisiana. There are more than 500 locations in the United States and at least 50 locations in Mexico.

El Pollo Loco specializes in grilled chicken and advertises their chicken as being marinated in citrus and flame-grilled. When going to El Pollo Loco, you can order their grilled chicken as a meal with your choice of two sides plus two tortillas and a drink or you can order just a single piece of chicken. For example, there's the two-piece meal, three-piece meal, or four-piece meal. If you want to order just a single piece of chicken, you can order a breast, thigh, wing, or drumstick.

There's a variety of sides that you can order with your meal which are Mexican rice, pinto beans, fire-roasted corn with bell peppers, broccoli, mac n cheese, mashed potatoes and gravy, side salad, and coleslaw. You can also order family dinners like at KFC and Popeyes where you get large portions of sides plus eight, twelve, or sixteen pieces of grilled chicken.

There are also chicken burritos, tostadas, bowls, and tacos. There's a wide variety of types that you can order so you'll find something you like to eat at El Pollo Loco. If none of these seem appetizing to you, there are also limited-time items that El Pollo Loco offers depending on the time of year. Currently, there are shredded beef tacos, burritos, and quesadillas in addition to their normal grilled chicken menu. If you are on a keto diet, El Pollo Loco also offers keto-friendly burritos and salad.

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I love El Pollo Loco because it's a much healthier option than going to KFC or Popeyes. All of El Pollo Loco's chicken is grilled rather than fried and El Pollo Loco is constantly grilling chicken so it's very fresh. The chicken is not greasy at all and is rather lean compared to the chicken that you get at KFC or Popeyes. I enjoy KFC and Popeyes too but I like that the chicken isn't greasy at El Pollo Loco. The sides are also healthy too because none of it is greasy. Therefore, El Pollo Loco is a really good healthy option when getting fast food.

Even though the chicken is grilled, it's rarely ever dry and always tastes great. The citrus marinade plus the taste of the grill makes El Pollo Loco's chicken taste very unique. Most people don't like grilled chicken because they think it doesn't have enough flavor or is dry but El Pollo Loco's chicken is nothing like that.

Cheap Prices

El Pollo Loco is also cheap for all the food that you get. Most of the items are less than $10 and there's also a very cheap extras menu where most things cost less than $3. The two-piece chicken meal that I order is less than $8 without the drink and less than $10 with a drink. The prices are similar to the prices of Popeyes and can seem expensive compared to places like McDonald's or Burger King but the food is much better at El Pollo Loco. Therefore, you're definitely getting more for your money's worth and you will leave feeling happy and full.

Filling and Satisfying

Mexican food always fills me up so I love that El Pollo Loco is filling and satisfying. I always order the two-piece meal with two sides and two tortillas. I like dark meat when it comes to chicken so I always get the drumstick and thigh. I also like to get Mexican rice and fire-roasted corn so that I feel like I'm eating balanced. The chicken looks small but when I eat the sides and one tortilla, I'm already full. The two-piece meal also includes a drink so I'm definitely very full. Eating at El Pollo Loco is very satisfying because I feel full of real food, not just empty calories.

When I eat at places like Popeyes or KFC, I feel full at first but then I get hungry after a couple of hours because I ate fries or fake powdered potatoes. These are just empty calories so I end up needing a snack later. Eating Mexican rice and corn with the chicken plus tortillas is really like eating an entire meal because there are carbs, protein, and vegetables. Therefore, I'm definitely full.

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