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 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.The 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.At 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.To 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.
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
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