Chipotle Brought Back This Protein After ‘Three Times More Requests’ Than Any Other Menu Item

According to People Magazine, fans should run, not walk: Chipotle’s chicken al pastor is back.

The burrito chain’s Chicken al Pastor is back at all restaurant locations in North America, the United Kingdom and Europe but just for a limited time. 

The flavorful protein option was briefly on menus across the world in March 2023 and stuck around until August. Since being taken off of menus last summer, fans have flooded the fast food restaurant’s social media platforms with requests to bring back the meal.

"There have been three times more requests to 'bring back Chicken al Pastor' on social media than any other limited time offering in the brand’s history," according to press release.

Customers went crazy for the grilled chicken marinated with peppers, pineapple, lime juice and cilantro, so much so that one in five transactions included the chicken al pastor when it was on menus, the company added.

Chipotle Chief Brand Officer Chris Brandt said, "Given the performance and the fans wanting its return so enthusiastically, we are thrilled to make this the fastest item to ever come back to Chipotle.”

The most popular Chicken al Pastor entrée in 2023 was a burrito bowl with white rice, black beans, tomato salsa, roasted corn salsa, cheese and guacamole.