Pollo Preparado, Sin Hueso

I live in the Los Angeles area and there's a ridiculous number of carnicerias, or Mexican meat markets, here. There's one on my street, there's one up the street, they're everywhere and I love it. For as long as I can remember I've been eating a type of "prepared" chicken from these carnicerias. It's my dad's favorite thing to order and in turn, it turned into my favorite thing. We get five pounds of it, grill it, and stuff our faces knowing it's healthy and delicious.

I usually go to my dad for all things Mexican/spanish-related, but he didn't know the answer either. This chicken I order, this "pollo preparado, sin hueso" ('prepared' boneless chicken), is rubbed with some kind of spice mixture, I know that much. It has kind of an orange tint and it's marinating with red onions, cilantro, and green bell peppers.

Does anyone know what I'm talking about? And if so, what's the spice rub on the chicken? My dad thinks the flavor comes from the vegetables it sits with and that the color comes from food coloring. I think it's a spice rub or marindade of some kind. Does anyone know for sure?


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