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The Grilled Chicken Salad at El Pollo Loco is a great alternative to the base fast food chicken menu. Here it is:

el pollo loco grilled chicken salad

As you might be able to see, there are chunks of chicken breast similar to what is found in the fantastic BBQ Ranch Chicken Salad at Wendy's. In fact, I would say these two salads are interchangeable. 

The salad at El Pollo Loco comes with the ingredients you'd expect. And that's a good thing as there's a lot goin' on in this salad. According to El Pollo Loco, the salad includes "Deeply marinated fire-grilled chicken, crisp shredded lettuce blend and authentic corn, pico de gallo salsa, Cotija cheese, corn tortilla strips and fresh cilantro make being a salad look good. Served with creamy cilantro dressing."

One thing I noticed is that this fast food salad seems to use sliced chicken breast that is different from what you get in the whole pieces of flame-grilled chicken. I could be wrong, but this seemed like a large, flat, sandwich-style chicken breast, sliced up for the salad topping. It's hard to imagine people back next to the grill expertly manicuring select chicken breast pieces just for salads. That said, I did try it a second time a week later and I guess it is the same as the whole pieces. It's just hard to tell.

In any case, this is a great fast food chicken salad. Like I said before, it's right up there with the one at Wendy's. So it just depends upon your mood: If you are craving a BBQ salad, go to Wendy's. For a Mexican spin, try this one.

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