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Papi's Pollo Loco

Lisa Kamolnick
“Papi’s Pollo Loco” (Dad’s Crazy Chicken) is dear, sweet husband's secret recipe, a cookout favorite.
Prep Time 15 mins
Cook Time 30 mins
Rest 4 hrs
Total Time 4 hrs 45 mins
Course Main Course
Cuisine Fusion
Servings 6 people


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 10 chicken legs adjust pieces to your liking
  • 1 heaping tsp cumin powder
  • 1 tsp ground black pepper
  • ½ tsp paprika
  • ½ tsp chili powder
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 1 tsp sage
  • 1 tsp salt


  • Rinse and dry chicken pieces.
  • Mix ingredients together in small bowl.
  • Sprinkle over meat and rub into chicken pieces.
  • Let sit about 4 hours uncovered in refrigerator.
    Papi's Pollo Loco
  • Grill over medium heat until internal temperature reaches 165° F, about 30 minutes for leg, 45 minutes for breasts.
    Papi's Pollo Loco


Serving Suggestions
For a Mexican style cookout, serve with classic Mexican dishes. Also pairs well with traditional American fare, such as coleslaw, potato salad, corn on the cob and a variety of salads made with greens.   
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Keyword chicken, for the grill, pollo