When summer hits I love pulling out my grill and firing it up! There’s nothing like the smell of hot charcoals and the perfect seasoning blend for tropic pollo filling the air. Usually it’s hard for me to find any type of restaurant food that rivals good home cooking, but I must admit that I have found one.
It is not your regular burger and fries joint. Every time I pass by one of these restaurants the drive-thru line is always super long. Yes, it’s fast food! The crazy part is that it actually tastes really good! You may not believe it, but trust me, the food is that good!
Pollo Tropical Chicken Recipe – Like No Other
The restaurant I’m talking about is Pollo Tropical.
It 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!
Tropic Pollo Marinade – Tried and True
I wanted to try a Pollo Tropical recipe at home and all I can say is that it 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, having even the slightest mismeasurement caused this recipe to not taste up to par. That’s definitely not good.
After all of that trial-and-error, I can finally say that I will not change a thing about this recipe. My family likes it so much that when we plan a cookout, I start marinating the Cornish hens the night before.
Now, it’s time that I work on a Pollo Tropical black bean recipe to add on to my pollo tropical recipes. Hopefully, it doesn’t take as may trial-and-errors to get it right like this last one.
It’s been a while since I’ve shared a recipe, so I’m not going to make you wait any longer, but this one was well worth the wait. Enjoy!
Pollo Tropical Chicken Recipe | Tropic Pollo Marinade
- 3 Cornish Hens De-skinned and Cut into Quarters
- 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 family to enjoy!