Pollo Tropical Chicken Recipe
Pollo Tropical has the best fire-grilled, tropical-seasoned chicken I’ve ever tasted. I’m not sure if it’s a national food chain or if it’s just in Florida, but if you so happen to drive by one, I suggest you pull over and check out the menu.
You won’t regret it!
I had my first experience at Pollo Tropical in the late 90’s when I moved to Miami to go to school.
I was already in love with all of the food that Miami had to offer, but finding a fast food restaurant that offered food that truly tasted homemade was amazing!
No more burgers, fries, or pizza for this college gal.
Nope! It had to be Pollo Tropical!
Moving back to Miami almost two decades later and I still prefer Pollo Tropical over any other fast food restaurant.
Tropic Pollo Marinade
I wanted to try a Pollo Tropical recipe at home and all I can say is that the restaurant now has some competition with my tropic pollo marinade!
Like I admitted before, Pollo Tropical truly has some of the best fast food I’ve ever eaten.
It honestly took me at least four tries before I was able to get this Pollo Tropical copycat recipe just right.
Let me tell you that it definitely wasn’t easy. Even though there aren’t a lot of ingredients and it does include Goya Coriander and Annatto mix, having even the slightest mismeasurement caused this recipe to not taste up to par.
That’s definitely not good in my book.
After all of that trial-and-error, I can finally say that I will not change a thing about this recipe.
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I hope you and your family enjoy this Pollo Tropical chicken copycat recipe!
Pollo Tropical Chicken Recipe | Tropic Pollo Marinade
- 3 Cornish Hens De-skinned and Cut into Halves
- ¼ Cup Sour Orange Juice
- 1 Tbsp. Pineapple Juice
- 2 Packets Goya Coriander and Annatto Seasoning
- 1 Tsp. Salt
- ½ Tsp. Black Pepper
- ½ Tsp. Garlic Powder
- ½ Tsp. Cumin
- ¼ Tsp. Oregano
Mix all ingredients, except the chicken, into a large bowl. Place the chicken in the bowl and coat with the seasoning mixture. In a single layer, place the chicken in a shallow dish and cover with a lid or plastic wrap. Place dish in the refrigerator and allow the chicken to marinate for at least 4 hours.
On a pre-lit grill, place the chicken in a single layer. Allow the chicken to cook for 45 minutes, occasionally turning, or to an internal temperature of 185°.
If you like this chicken recipe, then you may want to cook my Chicken Taco & Rice Casserole for your friends and family to enjoy!