What are McDonalds’ Chicken Nuggets Made of?

McDonald's Chicken Nuggets
I like McDonalds just as much as the next guy, but I try to keep my intake to a minimum. I decided to find out what McDonalds’ chicken nuggets are made of, since I’ve always wondered what ingredients were used to create those golden nuggets that so many people enjoy.

Obviously, the McNugget is not made up of entirely white meat chicken, I mean just look at the texture inside after you bite into one. Nicely enough, McDonalds makes it pretty easy to find all their nutrition information and ingredients for all the food they serve at their fast food locations right on their website.

These are the ingredients inside the McDonalds’ chicken McNuggets taken from their website (link below).

Chicken McNuggets®:White boneless chicken, water, food starch-modified, salt, seasoning [yeast extract, salt, wheat starch, natural flavoring (botanical source), safflower oil, dextrose,citric acid], sodium phosphate, natural flavor (botanical source).  Battered and breaded with: water, enriched flour (bleached wheat flour, niacin, reduced iron, thiaminmononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodiumaluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch.  Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybeanoil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent. CONTAINS: WHEAT

WOW just look at this long list of ingredients! So to put it simply, most of the “chicken nugget” is made up of corn. Corn is a food that we modify to products TONS of different things.


Dimethylpolysiloxane, an antifoaming agent for the fryers, is actually used to make silly putty. Yummy!

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