What’s In Fast Food? What’s In The Non-Chicken Half Of The McNugget

January 27, 2012 by staff 

What’s In Fast Food? What’s In The Non-Chicken Half Of The McNugget, Chicken McNuggets (introduced in 1983 with support from the McNugget Mania campaign) are a product offered by international fast-food restaurant chain McDonald’s consisting of small pieces of chicken that have been battered and deep fried.

Chicken McNuggets are one of the most popular trademarked items on the McDonald’s menu.

The Chicken McNugget is a small piece of fine ground white meat chicken that is fried in batter and flash frozen, then shipped out and sold at McDonald’s restaurants. According to McDonald’s, only white meat chicken is now used in Chicken McNuggets.

McDonald’s first Executive Chef Rene Arend created Chicken McNuggets in 1979. “The McNuggets were so well received that every franchise wanted them”, said Arend in a 2009 interview. “There wasn’t a system to supply enough chicken”. Supply problems were solved by 1983, when Chicken McNuggets became available nationwide.

As of October 9, 2010 (2010 -10-09)[update], the ingredients are as follows: Chicken, water, salt, sodium phosphates. Battered and breaded with bleached wheat flour, water, wheat flour, modified food starch, salt, spices, wheat gluten, paprika, dextrose (sugar), yeast, garlic powder, rosemary, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and cottonseed oil with mono- and diglycerides, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), natural flavor (plant source) with extractives of paprika. Fried in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane, a silicone derivative is added as an antifoaming agent. McDonald’s ingredients can vary outside of the United States.

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