We’re Trying the New Keto-Friendly Menu Options at El Pollo Loco, Including Cauliflower Rice!
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El Pollo Loco is kicking off the new year keto menu options by bringing back its popular Pollo Fit Bowls, two of which are totally keto friendly. There’s also a yummy new side dish on the menu with a low-carb twist – the chain’s all-new Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice! 🙌
The new Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice is finely chopped “riced” cauliflower heated and seasoned with cilantro and lime. It’s now available at El Pollo Loco restaurants nationwide, giving you a delicious new low-carb option. It can be ordered as a side or added to another meal in place of traditional rice.
“If you like cilantro, you’re really going to love this cauliflower rice. The lime gives it a really fresh, bright flavor too, and I think this would make a perfect keto substitute for anything on the menu that would normally have rice in it. I actually really enjoyed the riced cauliflower as a side dish all by itself.” – Stetson
If you’re ordering the Cilantro Lime Cauliflower Rice as a side dish, it comes in small and large sizes. They were priced at $2.89 and $4.59 respectively at our location. Nutrition information for both sizes is as follows:
- Small (4 oz.) | 45 Calories | 2g Fat | 5g Total Carbs | 2g Fiber | 2g Sugar | 2g Protein | 3g Net Carbs
- Large (10.5 oz.) | 120 Calories | 6g Fat | 14g Total Carbs | 6g Fiber | 6g Sugar | 6g Protein | 8g Net Carbs
El Pollo Loco’s new Pollo Fit Bowls are made with double the citrus-marinated fire-grilled chicken, organic super greens, and the new cilantro lime cauliflower rice. Two of the three bowls are keto-friendly, including the Double Protein Avocado Pollo Fit Bowl and the Double Protein Mexican Caesar Pollo Fit Bowl. Pollo Fit Bowls were priced at $7.99 at the location we tried.
The new Double Protein Avocado Pollo Fit Bowl is made with organic super greens and lettuce topped with cilantro lime cauliflower rice and a double portion of chopped fire-grilled chicken breast. It comes with hand-sliced avocado, queso fresco, pico, and Tapatio seasoning, and it will fuel you with a whopping 50 grams of protein!
- Nutritional Information: 390 Calories | 16g Fat | 14g Total Carbs | 5g Fiber | 4g Sugar | 50g Protein | 9g Net Carbs
As for the Double Protein Mexican Caesar Pollo Fit Bowl, it’s made with organic super greens and lettuce topped with a double portion of chopped fire-grilled chicken breast. It also features sliced radishes, hand-sliced avocado, cotija cheese, Tapatio seasoning, a lemon wedge, and your choice of dressing. When ordered without dressing, it contains just 3 grams of net carbs!
Speaking of dressings, El Pollo Loco’s dressings are starting the new year with a makeover too! The chain is removing high-fructose corn syrup from its popular Creamy Cilantro Dressing, and their Citrus Vinaigrette has also been replaced with a new Mexican Vinaigrette, which is Keto Certified and free of high-fructose corn syrup! 🙌
- Nutritional Information: 290 Calories | 9g Fat | 7g Total Carbs | 4g Fiber | 2g Sugar | 47g Protein | 3g Net Carbs
“After trying both of the new keto-friendly Pollo Fit Bowls, I honestly can’t even pick a favorite. They were both really good. The chicken breast was seasoned to perfection, and there was a ton of it. Both bowls were delicious, satisfying, and perfect for keto. I feel like one of these could keep me fueled up for a good long time.” – Stetson
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