Review: Georgia Gold Chicken from KFC

The LTO’s at KFC seem to roll out at a pretty sluggish pace over the last couple of years. It’s actually been over a year since the last time I reviewed something from KFC (Nashville Hot Chicken review).  The latest is another in the same vein as Nashville Hot and it’s called Georgia Gold… introducing Georgia Gold Chicken from KFC.KFC Georgia Gold ChickenKFC Georgia Gold Chicken is described like this:

KFC’s all-new Georgia Gold Chicken with its delicious, tangy honey mustard BBQ sauce is now available with Extra Crispy Chicken, Exra Crispy Tenders, or on a Chicken Little sandwich. It’s gold! For your insides!

Nashville Hot Chicken was practically soaked with sauce and new Georgia Gold Chicken is about the same, but with a milder flavor that I ended up enjoying a lot more than I expected to.  I opted for the 3-piece Extra Crispy Tenders meal which came with a biscuit and side (coleslaw not pictured), which set me back $5.49 here in Maryland.KFC Georgia GoldThe honey mustard BBQ sauce is tasty enough for me to want to scrape the remnants of sauce from wherever it landed beyond the chicken. Although the sauce application seemed a little uneven in spots, it didn’t hurt the product overall.  Sauce coverage went from adequately-sauced to super saturated in spots.  The sauce mixes sweet and tangy flavors that rely more on honey mustard than BBQ, but there’s a little smokiness flavored on the back end.  There’s not a lot in terms of spice in Georgia Gold Chicken, but it’s got a hint of peppery flavor that you might notice if you’re sensitive enough to it. The way this mixes with the honey mustard tang was enough to balance the flavor against the salt from the crispy chicken breading.  The breading on my order remained quite crisp throughout with some extra crispy/oily ends that tasted a tad sour.  The chicken itself was tender and moist in my test review pieces.  There are also three insignificant pickle slices in the mix.KFC Georgia Gold ChickenAt a price of $5.49, the value is pretty fair considering there are three generously sized Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders, plus the biscuit and side. Of course keeping the price under the five dollar mark would have been great, the combo was still filling enough to be an OK deal.  In a world where “premium” fast food sandwiches all hover around five bucks, the $5.49 price felt OK.KFC Georgia Gold ChickenTo sum up new Georgia Gold Chicken from KFC, I would say I’m a fan.  If the new model of LTO’s at KFC turns out to be more sauced chicken flavors, I can definitely get behind that strategy.  Keeping your core product line intact and adding impactful sauces (beyond just dipping sauce) can keep the family of products balanced with classic and new flavors without sacrificing much else.

Pros: Sweet and tangy honey mustard BBQ sauce refreshes the chicken line-up of Extra Crispy Chicken, Extra Crispy Tenders, and the Chicken Little sandwich.

Cons: A little inconsistent sauce application in spots. Some areas are a little too heavily saturated and oily causing some sour, extra crisp ends.

Taste: 8.50/10
Value: 6.50/10
Grubbing on-the-go: 5.00/10
Price: $5.49 for the 3-piece Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders with a biscuit and side

Overall GrubGrade: 8.00/10

More Info: kfc.com
Nutrition Facts:
I couldn't find the nutrition info for sauced chicken tenders on the KFC website.
3 unsauced Extra Crispy Chicken Tenders:
410 calories, 22 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 940 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbs, 1 grams of fiber, 29 grams of protein

19 comments on “Review: Georgia Gold Chicken from KFC

  1. Sascha says:

    I’m definitely a bigger fan of the Nashville hot than the Georgia gold. I found Georgia to be a bit grainy. Also, with the chicken littles, the mayo nicely complements the heat of Nashville, but does nothing in the other. I’ll probably try one without the mayo to see if it’s better. Still pretty good nevertheless.

    • rodney says:

      I agree, the Nashville Hot chicken is about the only thing I still like at KFC. The Georgia Gold was ok, but nothing special.

    • bren says:

      I agree with you in that the Georgia Gold sauce was unpleasantly grainy — good taste but yucky texture. I don’t know if the sauce was poorly mixed by an employee or if the seasonings simply don’t dissolve in the liquid component of the sauce.

  2. TheScott2K says:

    Love KFC’s new “make our food taste like something” program

  3. phil g says:

    I loved the georgia gold. I’ll agree wih sascha though, it is a very grainy sauce

  4. Cress says:

    KFC is on a roll. I love their Nashville Hot. I’ve been to KFC more in the past year than I have been in two or three years combined. And when I go, I only eat their Nashville Hot. But since Georgia Gold debuted Sunday, I’ve had it three times.

    I had some trepidation at first. I like honey mustard from time to time to dip my chicken in, but didn’t know how the whole bird slathered in it would be. Well, this ABSOLUTELY works. It’s a bit tangy, but then that great sweetness becomes apparent quickly, plus there’s a tiny bit of a spicy kick on the back end. I’ve tried it on the tenders and hot wings. I really enjoyed the Georgia Gold a lot.

  5. JJJ says:

    I had this today for lunch. Pretty good, and well sized. More than 3 pieces and the flavor might wear out it’s welcome.

  6. Darrell Martinsen says:

    I really enjoyed the long awaited Georgia Gold! As I’m not a big fan of hot and spicy, I really appreciate that KFC appealed to a less spicy and yet flavor packed recipe. I confess I never tried the Nashville hot. It was just too fiery red in appearance and scared me off lol. But GG is so tangy and sweet I feel like I haven’t missed a thing. I did notice the powdery/grainy residue on my fingers but that’s minor 🙂

  7. ACS says:

    I tried the Georgia Gold Chicken Little today and thought the flavor was really good. It also had mayo on it, not sure if it’s supposed to but I assumed the Georgia Gold/Nashville Hot sauce would replace the mayo.

    Also, my local KFC had these as the 3 piece/coleslaw/biscuit for $5.49 or a “Bigger box” with 6 tenders or 4 pieces of chicken, mashed potatoes and gravy, cole slaw, and 2 biscuits for $9.99.

    • Sascha says:

      With the specialty chicken, the tender is dipped in the sauce,not spread on the bun, so the mayo and pickles are still standard. I’ve now tried the Georgia without mayo and enjoyed it more.

  8. Johnnyboy says:

    Of course the sauce is grainy, but I wouldn’t call it that. Maybe sandy….lol! Edible sand type seasoning. Everything at KFC tastes great now, I just wish their prices could be lower and included more for a combo. Like a drink. I wish they had better family deals, not the $20 deal where you get 8 pieces of chicken and containers of cole slaw and biscuits. Like how Popeyes does it, buy 11 pieces get 11 pieces free coupons and such. But I liked this mustardy flavor version along with the Nashville hot too. But hands down, I am sure nothing will beat the original chicken.

  9. Connie Broyhill says:

    First time tried Georgia Gold and loved it. Like the sweetness and tang. Definitely will try sandwich next time.

  10. Just Cause says:

    For me this is the best thing KFC has introduced in years, I have ordered the tenders multiple times. Looking forward to trying the sandwich.

  11. Doug says:

    I tried the KFC Georgia Gold extra crispy tenders today for lunch. Sorry but i wouldn’t rush back. The tenders were nothing like the photos they show. Three small (thin) chicken strips two really thin slices of pickles that you almost could see thru. Taste of the chicken was OK but nothing special. The coleslaw was very good as was the biscuit. The cost of $5.49 was overpriced for what was received.
    I will try again to see if this order was bad timing on ording or is the way I can expect.

  12. Heather says:

    Just got done trying it… canned it two tenders in. 100% disappointment, 100% dissatisfaction. If I wanted my sub-par chicken tenders bathed in granulated oil, I could do that myself using my kids sandbox and a $1 container of vegetable oil and save the $10. Gross.

  13. Tiffany says:

    The Georgia Gold chicken was good, but I would decrease the amount of sauce on it. It was drowning in a grainy,greasy mess.

  14. Never again says:

    Terrible I should sue ya ass for this horrible recipe

  15. GGold says:

    Georgia Gold sauce is supposed to be “grainy” It’s not actually a sauce, it’s a RUB. I really wish they would make the nutrition facts for the “sauce” available.

  16. Kathy Asbell says:

    I ordered the 6 piece Georgia gold extra crispy tenders with 2 sides, & 2 biscuits. I enjoyed it but I thought it came with a drink like other combos. But I didn’t receive one. If it doesn’t then I think they should like all other combos. For the price it should.

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