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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 3)
    Koo Koo Roo Original Skinless Flame-Broiled Chicken

    This fast-growing West Coast chain is another popular contender in the home meal replacement biz, which includes Boston Market and Kenny Rogers Roasters. In 1990, shortly after Kenneth Berg sold his mortgage banking business for $125 million, he came across a little two-unit chicken chain in Los Angeles that seemed to attract clientele from an income bracket above that of typical burger chain customers. Kenneth discovered that the chicken served in these stores was not only delicious but also prepared with a secret marinade and baste that allowed the chicken to be cooked in a more health-conscious way—without skin. The owners of the restaurants, brothers Michael and Raymond Badalian, created a marinade of juices and spices that kept the chicken moist and juicy inside. The company claims the chicken is marinated for up to seventy-two hours in this secret concoction and then brushed with a tangy baste when grilling. Just three months later, Kenneth purchased the chain for $2.5 million—ten times what it was earning each year—and expanded into other Western states, growing the restaurant to around forty units strong. That's about the time the company merged with Family Restaurants, the corporation behind the El Torito and Chi-Chi's Mexican food chains.

    Complete your meal with these incredible copycat side-dishes.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving size–2 pieces
    Total servings–4
    Calories per serving–195
    Fat per serving–8 g

    Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 2)
    Koo Koo Roo Santa Fe Pasta

    With Southwestern-style dressing, corn, peppers and fresh cilantro, this is a great-tasting dish. Koo Koo Roo's "California Style" flame-broiled and rotisserie chicken meals come with a wide selection of very tasty side dishes, including Tangy Tomato Salad, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Confetti Rice. This cold Santa Fe Pasta salad is one of the favorites on the long list of 24 sides. And here's my Koo Koo Roo Santa Fe Pasta recipe to help you make a version of your own that tastes as good as the real thing.

    You might also like my recipe for Koo Koo Roo Flame-Broiled chicken here.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving size–6 ounces
    Total servings–10
    Calories per serving–230
    Fat per serving–5g

    Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur. 

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  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 2)
    Koo Koo Roo Santa Fe Pasta

    With Southwestern-style dressing, corn, peppers and fresh cilantro, this is a great-tasting dish. Koo Koo Roo's "California Style" flame-broiled and rotisserie chicken meals come with a wide selection of very tasty side dishes, including Tangy Tomato Salad, Garlic Mashed Potatoes, and Confetti Rice. This cold Santa Fe Pasta salad is one of the favorites on the long list of 24 sides. And here's my Koo Koo Roo Santa Fe Pasta recipe to help you make a version of your own that tastes as good as the real thing.

    You might also like my recipe for Koo Koo Roo Flame-Broiled chicken here.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving size–6 ounces
    Total servings–10
    Calories per serving–230
    Fat per serving–5g

    Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur. 

    Read more
  • Score: 5.00 (votes: 3)
    Koo Koo Roo Original Skinless Flame-Broiled Chicken

    This fast-growing West Coast chain is another popular contender in the home meal replacement biz, which includes Boston Market and Kenny Rogers Roasters. In 1990, shortly after Kenneth Berg sold his mortgage banking business for $125 million, he came across a little two-unit chicken chain in Los Angeles that seemed to attract clientele from an income bracket above that of typical burger chain customers. Kenneth discovered that the chicken served in these stores was not only delicious but also prepared with a secret marinade and baste that allowed the chicken to be cooked in a more health-conscious way—without skin. The owners of the restaurants, brothers Michael and Raymond Badalian, created a marinade of juices and spices that kept the chicken moist and juicy inside. The company claims the chicken is marinated for up to seventy-two hours in this secret concoction and then brushed with a tangy baste when grilling. Just three months later, Kenneth purchased the chain for $2.5 million—ten times what it was earning each year—and expanded into other Western states, growing the restaurant to around forty units strong. That's about the time the company merged with Family Restaurants, the corporation behind the El Torito and Chi-Chi's Mexican food chains.

    Complete your meal with these incredible copycat side-dishes.

    Nutrition Facts
    Serving size–2 pieces
    Total servings–4
    Calories per serving–195
    Fat per serving–8 g

    Source: Low-Fat Top Secret Recipes by Todd Wilbur.

    Read more
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