Golden Corral Fried Chicken Recipe (Copycat)

Today, we’re bringing you a Golden Corral fried chicken recipe to recreate in the comfort of your own home! We suggest pairing it with a classic side and beverage such as the potato salad and American vanilla milkshake to complete

“What is Golden Corral’s fried chicken recipe?” It’s a question most people have in their minds once they’ve eaten at the restaurant. This copycat recipe requires minimal prep and most of the time needed in making it goes into marinating the chicken. We’ll be using a simply seasoned buttermilk mixture for our marinade and it will guarantee us chicken pieces that are tender and extremely juicy. 

Golden Corral prides itself in deep frying their chicken quickly. By doing so, the Golden Corral chicken comes out really crunchy and flavorful. But if you want to make a healthier version, you can use an air fryer to cook the chicken instead. Have this for lunch or dinner and pair it with their famous banana pudding for a lavish Golden Corral feast at home.

Golden Corral Fried Chicken Recipe (Copycat)

How To Make Golden Corral Fried Chicken (Copycat)

Indulge in your favourite comfort food with this easy Golden Corral fried chicken recipe. Enjoy a gloriously golden brown chicken that is crunchy on the outside, and moist and delectable on the inside.

Prep: 20 mins
Marinade: 1 days
Cook: 1 hr
Total: 1 days 1 hr 20 mins


  • lb whole chicken, cut into 8 pieces
  • 3 cups all-purpose flour
  • 5 cups vegetable oil, up to 8 cups, for frying

For Marinade:

  • 4 cups buttermilk
  • 2 tsp salt
  • 2 tsp black pepper, ground
  • 1 tsp cayenne pepper, or chili powder

To Serve:

  • dipping sauce of your choice
  • potato fries


  1. In a large bowl, combine all the ingredients for the marinade. Whisk to evenly incorporate.

  2. Add the chicken in the buttermilk marinade. Mix to incorporate and cover with a cling wrap.

  3. Transfer to a chilled area and marinate for at least 6 hours, best if overnight.

  4. Preheat your deep skillet with oil, ready for frying. Prepare also a basket lined with paper towels.

  5. Dredge the chicken in flour. Pat to cover all creases, then shake off any excess.

  6. Deep fry the chicken in batches for about 7 minutes on each side.

  7. Drain the chicken on paper towels before serving. Repeat until you have fried all the chicken.

  8. Serve immediately with fries and a dipping sauce of your choice.

Recipe Notes

For this recipe we’re serving ¼ cup of ketchup and 1 ounce of potato fries per serving as a side to our fried chicken.


  • Sugar: 8g
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  • Calcium: 160mg
  • Calories: 1635kcal
  • Carbohydrates: 44g
  • Cholesterol: 85mg
  • Fat: 155g
  • Fiber: 1g
  • Iron: 3mg
  • Monounsaturated Fat: 23g
  • Polyunsaturated Fat: 6g
  • Potassium: 428mg
  • Protein: 27g
  • Saturated Fat: 118g
  • Sodium: 843mg
  • Trans Fat: 1g
  • Vitamin A: 477IU
  • Vitamin C: 2mg
Nutrition Disclaimer

Frequently Asked Questions

What does buttermilk do for fried chicken?

Marinating chicken in buttermilk helps make the meat become moist and tender. It contains certain enzymes and acids that help break down protein in chicken meat. It also has many uses aside from being a great meat tenderizer, so you should definitely learn how to make buttermilk at home for easy access to it anytime you want! 

Why isn’t my fried chicken crispy?

It might be because your heat is too low. If this is the case, oil permeates into the chicken skin, making it too dense and soggy. So we suggest turning your heat up to medium-high to make sure they turn out nice and crunchy. Another way to do it is by pre-cooking the chicken using a pressure cooker before frying so it doesn’t need to stay in oil as long to ensure a crispy finish. 

What makes good fried chicken?

A good fried chicken uses a mix of dark and white meat, and is marinated long and seasoned well. Afterwards, it is cooked at the right temperature using oils that have a high smoke point, such as canola, palm or sunflower oil. Our Golden Corral fried chicken recipe is a good example of all of this. 

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Throw a fried chicken buffet party using this Golden Corral fried chicken recipe! Known for its delicious, crunchy and spicy-kick flavors, your guests and family will love these deep-fried pieces of chicken. Same good taste for a fraction of the cost, and in the comfort of your own home.
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