Fire up the grill and prepare to go loco for this sizzling hot Pollo Loco recipe that’s bursting with flavor and sure to be a crowd-pleaser!
GRILLED LIME CHICKEN WITH QUESO
When it comes to summertime grilling, there’s nothing quite like the delicious smoky flavor of grilled chicken. And if you’re looking to spice things up a bit, this Pollo Loco recipe is just what you need. Marinated in a zesty blend of citrus, herbs, and spices, this chicken is bursting with flavor and perfect for a backyard barbecue or a quick weeknight dinner. Fire up the grill, grab a cold drink, and get ready to go loco for this tasty and easy recipe!
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:
Pollo Loco is a popular Mexican-style grilled chicken dish that’s marinated in a flavorful blend of citrus, herbs, and spices.
The best way to cook Pollo Loco is on a grill or in a grill pan. This will give the chicken that delicious smoky flavor that makes this dish so popular.
Of course not! If you have a favorite queso recipe you can use that or try my Homemade Crock Pot Queso recipe!
It’s best to marinate the chicken for at least 2 hours or overnight for the best flavor. However, if you’re short on time, you can still get great results with a shorter marinating time.
Pollo Loco is often served with traditional sides like Mexican Rice and refried beans, guacamole, and salsa. It’s also delicious with grilled vegetables or a simple salad.
Absolutely! This recipe can be used for with pretty much any cut of chicken. Bone-in chicken breasts and chicken thighs work wonderfully with this recipe.
Yes, you can marinate the chicken ahead of time and store it in the refrigerator until you’re ready to grill it. This makes it a great option for meal prep or for entertaining.
INGREDIENTS NEEDED: (SEE RECIPE CARD BELOW FOR THE FULL RECIPE)
- olive oil
- fresh lime juice
- better than bouillon chicken base (optional)
- chili powder
- garlic powder
- chicken breasts
- queso dip
- diced tomato
- chopped cilantro
HOW TO MAKE POLLO LOCO:
Combine first 6 ingredients in a gallon-size zip top bag. Close bag and squish it around with your fingers to combine ingredients.
Add in chicken breasts. Squish it some more to make sure the marinade coats all the chicken pieces.
Place bag into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. When ready, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken on each side until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165f degrees.
While chicken is cooking warm up queso dip (this can be done on the stovetop or in the microwave). When chicken is ready, serve on top of rice.
Drizzle warm queso on top of chicken and garnish with diced tomatoes and cilantro.
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For the chicken:
- 1/8 cup olive oil
- 1/4 cup fresh lime juice
- 2 Tablespoons Better than Bouillon® Roasted Chicken Base (optional)
- 1 teaspoon salt
- 1 teaspoon chili powder
- 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder
- 3-4 chicken breasts
For the topping:
- 1 jar queso dip
- 1 diced tomato
- 1/2 cup chopped cilantro
- Combine1/8 cup olive oil, 1/4 cup fresh lime juice, 2 Tablespoons Better than Bouillon® Roasted Chicken Base, 1 teaspoon salt, 1 teaspoon chili powder and 1/2 teaspoon garlic powder in a gallon-size zip top bag. Close bag and squish it around with your fingers to combine ingredients.
- Add in 3-4 chicken breasts. Squish it some more to make sure the marinade coats all the chicken pieces.
- Place bag into the refrigerator for at least 2 hours. When ready, preheat grill to medium-high heat. Grill chicken on each side until internal temperature of the chicken reaches 165F degrees.
- While chicken is cooking, warm up 1 jar queso dip (this can be done on the stovetop or in the microwave). When chicken is ready, serve on top of rice.
- When chicken is ready, drizzle warm queso on top and garnish with 1 diced tomato and 1/2 cup chopped cilantro.
- Try making a Homemade Queso recipe with this.
- This recipe serves perfectly with my Mexican Rice recipe.
- A grill pan can be used if you don’t have an outdoor grill.
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Made this a few days ago, and we are still talking about how good it was!
This is the best chicken we have ever made.
I used thawed frozen chicken breasts from publix, and I halved the recipe since there was just two of us eating. I wish I would have made more! It was in the marinade for about 12 hours.
We had it with cilantro lime rice and Pace brand white queso.
Best chicken I’ve ever eaten!
Now I’m going to look through all your other chicken marinade recipes and try more!
Thank you so much for the awesome recipe!
Hi Kristin! You win the best comment award – ha! Thank you so very much for taking the time to come back and comment. It really means so much!!
I made this – without Queso sauce because I don’t think it is sold in Canada. It was delicious nonetheless!
I live near Toronto, Canada. What kind of cheese is in queso sauce? Mozzarella?
Also, do you know how to make homemade queso sauce? I’ve always wanted to try making my own queso sauce/dip, but I have trouble making heads or tails of all the different Mexican cheeses at Walmart! LOL!
Brandie, this chicken looks sooo yummy! And pretty much healthy…wouldn’t you say? And I also use that Better Than Bouillon base. That stuff is so awesome! I use it for everything!
I have a question for you though. What particular chili powder do you use? Every time I buy a bottle I’m the grocery store (usually store brand), it doesn’t have much flavor. I always thought they tasted too much like paprika. I want to make this chicken recipe, but I want to find a chili powder that isn’t so bland and boring. Suggestions???
Try shopping in the Mexican Aisle. There are different chili powders there. I usually use California Chili powder. If you like more heat try the New Mexico Chili powder. That’s what my Mom always told me.
Looks like a great party to me! That chicken sounds amazing too! Have a great week!
This chicken looks so good, I will definitely try it! Thanks