Sinaloa Style Chicken – Not Too Crazy

My Slice of Mexico

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“El Pollo Loco” (“The Crazy Chicken”) is a popular restaurant chain in Northern Mexico and Southern US.  On its History page , the company’s website says that back in the mid 1970s, in the small town of Guasave, in the Mexican state of Sinaloa, when founder Juan Francisco (Pancho) Ochoa told his friends that he was going to make his family’s grilled chicken famous, they had a cynical reaction, calling him “loco” (“crazy”) in jest, but indeed he proved them wrong, and became a great success.  His delicious grilled chicken, marinated in a secret family recipe concoction, is one of the many versions of Sinaloa style grilled chicken. Other chains, such as “Pollo Feliz” (Happy Chicken), and “Porti Pollos” (which I recently visited in Culiacan, Sinaloa, a few blocks from my sister’s house) also feature whole or half chickens, charbroiled…

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