Pollo Tropical® Introduces New Tropical Lite Menu At All Locations

Island-inspired menu features five choices under 510 calories each

January 08, 2015 // Franchising.com // MIAMI – Pollo Tropical, Florida's beloved fast-casual concept known for its citrus-marinated, flame-grilled chicken and array of authentic sauces and sides, brings its Tropical Lite menu to all locations this month.

The menu, which was first tested in Pollo Tropical's West Palm Beach restaurants in late 2013, features a new, flavorful citrus chicken entree salad, soup with a chicken wrap, a TropiChop®, a grilled chicken breast platter with rice and vegetables, and a quarter chicken with citrus chicken side salad, each ranging from 340 to 510 calories.

"Pollo Tropical is known for its fresh and healthy meals that people can feel good about eating. Our Tropical Lite menu takes that a step further and provides tasty, easy choices for those who are counting calories or want to slim down after the holidays," said Pollo Tropical Director of Marketing Sandra Pascual. "We believe that better choices can and should taste great, and these five healthy items are built around the core Caribbean flavors of the Pollo Tropical menu."

Featured on the Tropical Lite Menu are:

  • Lite Citrus Chicken Salad with orange wedges, vine ripe tomatoes, almond slices and Mango Poppy Seed Dressing – 360 calories
  • Lite Quarter Chicken with Citrus Side Salad and Mango Poppy Seed Dressing – 510 calories
  • Lite Grilled Chicken Breast with Yellow Rice with Vegetables and Balsamic Tomatoes – 430 calories
  • Lite TropiChop® with Grilled Chicken, half brown rice, half romaine lettuce, onions, peppers and diced tomatoes – 340 calories
  • Lite Chicken Caesar Wrap & Caribbean Chicken Soup – 480 calories

Pollo Tropical also has a nutritional calculator on its website with calorie counts for the entire menu so customers can calculate and customize their meals for a healthier lifestyle. The calculator can be found at http://www.pollotropical.com/menus/nutritionals.

About Pollo Tropical

Pollo Tropical, a subsidiary of Fiesta Restaurant Group®, is a Caribbean-inspired fast-casual concept known for its fresh, flame-grilled chicken marinated in a proprietary blend of tropical fruit juices and spices. Other craveable island favorites are Mojo Roast Pork and made-from-scratch sides including rice, beans, yuca with garlic sauce, sweet plantains and more. Menu items like the Tropical Citrus Chicken Salad, Guava BBQ Pork Sandwich and Create Your Own TropiChops® can be customized with 10 zesty tropical signature sauces on Pollo Tropical's famous Saucing Island. Founded in 1988, the Miami-based company currently owns and operates more than 124 locations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee and Texas, plus five licensed restaurants on college campuses and more than 32 franchised locations throughout the Caribbean, Central America, South America and Puerto Rico. For more information, visit Pollo Tropical's website at www.pollotropical.com.

About Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc.

Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., owns, operates and franchises Pollo Tropical, Taco Cabana® and Cabana Grill® restaurant brands. The brands specialize in the operation of fast-casual, ethnic restaurants that offer distinct and unique flavors with broad appeal at a compelling value. The brands feature made-from-scratch cooking, fresh salsa bars, drive-thru service and catering. For more information about Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc., visit the corporate website at www.frgi.com.

SOURCE Fiesta Restaurant Group, Inc

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