REVIEW: KFC Georgia Gold Chicken

KFC Georgia Gold Chicken

Recently, I’ve been referring to KFC as Kan’t Figure (out the) Colonel because of its revolving door of portrayals that started off as confusing and is now weirdly entertaining. The latest Colonel Sanders made his debut along with the chicken chain’s new Georgia Gold Honey Mustard BBQ Chicken.

Let me preface by saying I’m a connoisseur of anything honey mustard-flavored. Amongst the fast food landscape there is the full gamut of choices, from Chick-fil-A’s non-creamy offering to Papa John’s liquid euphoria that I would very much like to bathe in.

That’s the thing about honey mustard and its flavor profile, it’s all over the place. As Forrest Gump’s mom would say, “Honey mustard is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”

Is it cream based? What’s the honey-to-mustard ratio? How seedy is it? Let’s see where Georgia Gold lies.

(Side note – KFC, how bout Tom Hanks as the next colonel? I BET HE WOULD CRUSH IT.)

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The chicken tenders I got came in an order of three in their own little container with some pickles for good measure. While I do love a good pickle, I’m not a huge fan when they are hot as they lose some of their gratifying crunch. They were marginal at best. I ate them first just so I could move quickly on to the stars of the dish, the tenders themselves, which were fantastic.

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The meat inside was juicy, like insanely juicy, which I definitely was not expecting. The breading was, as I like to call it, Goldilocks-style. Not too crunchy or too mushy, it was juuuuuussssssst right.

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With the perfect meat and breading I was excited for some intense flavor. However, it never materialized. It was hard to distinguish any flavor at all actually. As I looked to the bottom of the container, I saw what had happened. It had all pooled to the bottom grooves of the container so I decided to scoop up the concoction with my spork.

Once in my mouth, I got all the flavors I was hoping for. Hints of mustard and honey, a slight BBQ essence, even a little bit of heat towards the end, and all surprisingly well balanced. All notes could have been a bit stronger and I wish it was more of a smooth sauce rather than being slightly clumpy and oily, but regardless it was tasty!

I remedied the rest of my meal by adding the mixture right on top of the remaining tenders. After I was finished, forget my fingers, I wanted to lick those grooves. Yum, this was CONTAINER LICKIN’ GOOD!

(Nutrition Facts – 3 Tenders – 410 calories, 22 grams of fat, 2.5 grams of saturated fat, 0 grams of trans fat, 75 milligrams of cholesterol, 940 milligrams of sodium, 24 grams of carbohydrates, 1 gram of dietary fiber, 0 grams of sugar, and 29 grams of protein.)

Purchased Price: $5.49
Size: N/A
Rating: 8 out of 10
Pros: Goldilocks-style breading. Insanely juicy white meat chicken. Tom Hanks as the new Colonel. A bathtub full of your favorite condiment.
Cons: Trying out a new honey mustard = taste bud Russian roulette. Georgia Gold sauce fleeing the tenders for the safety of the container grooves.

11 thoughts to “REVIEW: KFC Georgia Gold Chicken”

  1. I’m with Holly. I tried them a day or two ago, and they were so flavorless, I completely forgot about them. Now, reading this review, I can’t even recall what mild flavor I picked up while eating them. I think it was more like spicy BBQ than honey mustard.

  2. I prefer the extra crispy chicken breast version, it is really good. It tastes sort of like a sweet DiJon mustard, I don’t understand why they say it has a barbecue flavor. I wasn’t the biggest fan of the tenders because mine were dry. I really love the sauce so it’s nice when your basket is flooded with it, but not so nice when it isn’t.

    1. I’ve had similar experiences. The first time I ordered the tenders they barely put any sauce on them. When I ordered them from another location, there was an abundance of sauce. I think they are pretty tasty, but there doesn’t seem to be any qc when it comes to saucing the chicken.

      1. “Pros: Goldilocks-style breading. Insanely juicy white meat chicken. -=Tom Hanks=- as the new Colonel. A bathtub full of your favorite condiment.” (Emphasis added)

        Be cautious insulting others regarding their reading comprehension, it may be you who is wrong.

  3. I have tried the Georgia Gold Tenders several times, and they are not consistant with their sauce. I really enjoy the meal when they give you adequate sauce, but a little birdie told me that the manager told the employees to cut back on the sauce…yikes. That’s not good! Also I can’t find the authentic KFC Georgia Gold nutritional values anywhere, or the Kentucky Hot Sauce Tenders. Some body help with the nutritional values. I’ve contantacted KFC three times, with NO results!

  4. We tried them on a road trip and thought they were excellent, especially considering it was 9 pm, yet the tenders were hot, crisp, and plenty of the honey mustard sauce to add a kick. I make everything homemade and usually give fast food a wide berth, but I’d get this again.

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