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El Pollo Loco Breakdown

Who doesn't love El Pollo Loco? Something about flame-grilled Mexican chicken is just super yummy. The good news is that you can still do El Pollo Loco on a diet, you just have to make some healthy choices while you're there.

In this breakdown I've taken the guess work out of the menu to show you items you should probably eat/avoid.


Here's what you may want to AVOID...
Item Calories Fat (g) Sat Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Sugar (g)
Original Pollo Bowl 540 4 1 1590 85 1
Chicken Wing (1) 90 5 2 2090 0 0
Chicken Thigh (1) 220 15 5 310 0 0
Chicken Tostada Salad 840 40 11 1390 76 4
Caesar Pollo Salad 520 38 7 980 17 6
Classic Chicken Burrito 500 14 6 1230 63 1
Grilled Chicken Nachos 1090 55 21 3040 99 7
French Fries 440 21 4 910 57 0
Ranch Dressing (1pkt) 230 24 4 390 2 2

Too see what you should eat (and see my ideal meal) just

Here's what you may want to EAT...
Item Calories Fat (g) Sat Fat (g) Sodium (mg) Carbs (g) Sugar (g)
Chicken Breast, Skinless 180 4 1 560 0 0
Caesar Pollo Salad w/o Dressing 220 7 2 580 15 4
Fresh Veggies w/o Margarine) 35 0 0 35 8 3
Chicken Tortilla Soup w/o Tortilla Strips 140 6 2 1040 8 2
Taco al Carbon 150 5 2 290 17 <1
BRC Burrito 390 10 5 880 61 0
Garden Salad w/o Tortilla Strips 80 5 3 290 5 3
Light Italian Dressing (1pkt) 20 1 0 770 2 2

My ideal meal would be: Skinless chicken breast on top of the garden salad (no tortilla strips), with a side of fresh vegetables (no margarine) for only 295 calories. This leaves me room for a Churro (150 calories for one) to top it off with something sweet.

JessNess JessNess 9 years
El Pollo Loco is way better than Taco Bell. I have eaten at EPL my entire life. I even remember when the Classic Chicken Burrito use to be called the Calfornia burrito. I love their taquitos, Classic Chicken burrito, BRC and Pollo Bowls (which are really like two meals) Plus if you want to be healthy its totally easy there. You can get a small salad from the dollar menu, a side of steamed veggies and there are plenty of fresh salsas
teacherturtle1 teacherturtle1 9 years
WOW! i saw the sodium content of one chicken wing! that is just so much salt! but the chicken is very tasty from this place! and i normally don't think of chicken as tasty, because it is not a very flavorful meat alone. marinades are a must! but when i was there, i like veggies, so i got steamed veggies, and i had me a few fresh serrano hot peppers.. loaded with vitamin C and antioxidants!
gigi123 gigi123 9 years
I never heard of this place until I lived out in S. Cali.....not Taco Bell but it was good.
Novaraen Novaraen 9 years
Ahhh...the pollo bowl shouldnt be on the donts! Its only 4gms of fat...and its a really huge meal. Easily the bowl could be split into two servings. :D I never ate there until my mom bought me a pollo bowl...which i LOVE! Its such a simple meal...i just lay off the tortilla chips.
spacebear spacebear 9 years
verily - are you talking about el regio? or is there another place...let me know! I love the al carbon tacos at Pollo Loco and their salsas!
nikodarling nikodarling 9 years
I have never heard of this before. America definitely has more selection of fast food places than Canada. It looks like they have some really good options.
megami megami 10 years
The Chicken Tortilla Soup is awesome, I usually get that with two Taquitos and avocado salsa and that fills me up, without being too fattening.
kalicalifornia kalicalifornia 10 years
i am completely shocked by how many calories are in the nachos!!!
verily verily 10 years
Never heard of this place before, but apparently there's several around San Antonio. We have a local chain in Austin that makes the most amazing roasted chicken. I'm sure it's incredibly fattening. ;)
Spectra Spectra 10 years
We don't have any Pollo Locos around us, but I'll keep this info in mind if I ever travel somewhere where they do have one. I don't think I'll be eating those nachos!
tati33 tati33 10 years
Wow to the sodium content. Who would have known..
blondewithbangs blondewithbangs 10 years
I just moved from CA to LA and there is not EPL here. I would do just aboutanything for a pollo bowl right now. mmmm.....
colormesticky colormesticky 10 years
I love El Pollo Loco. I usually get the chicken tostada salad without the shell. I don't know how many calories it shaves off, but I don't feel so guilty if I end up finishing it.
Pokemyhontas Pokemyhontas 10 years
I miss that place. They had them for a couple years in Florida when I lived there but for some stupid reason they all closed. :( Now I live in NC and there aren't any here, either. *sniff*
thatgirljj thatgirljj 10 years
Ohmigod... I love this place! You can get some really healthy meals here, the only hard part is that the skin is so yummy! I usually get a breast or a thigh (and eat the skin) and just a side of corn tortillas with a bunch of salsa. The chicken is so good straight-up that I never understood why you'd have a burrito or nachos or something else that ratchets up the junk-food-factor.
SoftRockStar SoftRockStar 10 years
I've never eaten at this place even though it's down the street and I see commercials all the time. For some reason I can't think of spending my own money on some place I've never been--I'll have to rope someone else's money! lol
misslarue misslarue 10 years
Yikes-the sodium content in this stuff is staggering!!
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