El Pollo Loco Chicken (Copycat)

Ingredients

  • 1 tablespoon white vinegar
  • 2 cloves garlic minced
  • 1/2 teaspoon Kosher salt
  • 1/2 teaspoon dried oregano
  • 1/4 teaspoon ground pepper
  • 1/4 jalapeno seeded and minced very finely
  • 1 cup pineapple juice
  • 2 tablespoons lime juice
  • 1 tablespoon canola oil
  • 8 chicken thighs bone in and skin on

Instructions   Note: click on times in the instructions to start a kitchen timer while cooking.

  1. Mix up all the ingredients except for the chicken into a large bowl.
  2. Whisk well then reserve 1/4 cup of the marinade in a small tupperware.
  3. Add the chicken to the bowl and cover with plastic wrap.
  4. Marinade overnight.
  5. Preheat your oven to 425 degrees.
  6. In a cast iron grill pan add the chicken skin side up.
  7. Cook in the oven for 25 minutes. 
  8. Using potholders, add the pan to the stovetop on medium high heat.
  9. Spray some foil with canola oil spray and put sprayed side down over the top of the chicken.
  10. Press onto the meat with either a bacon press, a foil wrapped brick or a second heavy pan (I used my normal cast iron skillet on top of the chicken.
  11. Spoon half the reserved marinade over the chicken while it cooks.
  12. Cook for another 3 minutes then remove the bacon press/brick, flip chicken (add some more marinade) and cook a final three minutes before serving.

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El Pollo Loco Chicken (Copycat)
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