The first restaurant was in 1967 in San Marcos, Texas, under the name Golden Fried Chicken. Franchising started in 1972. A decade later, the franchise grew to a number of restaurants primarily in Central Texas, with a focus on cities like Austin and San Antonio. Eventually it expanded outside to the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex, and then crossed the state line into Oklahoma and crossed the ocean into Karachi, Pakistan. There are currently 171 stores operating in Texas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Georgia, and Florida, and further plans for international development.
Since 1985, the chain's flagship menu item has been its chicken strips, trademarked as Golden Tenders. In 1996, Golden Fried Chicken abbreviated to its present name, Golden Chick.
In 2017, Golden Chick celebrated its 50th anniversary, and sponsored Texas Country Reporter.
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