McDonald's Wiki

For the characters, see Chicken McNuggets (characters).

The Chicken McNuggets are a product of McDonald's. Consisting of small pieces of processed chicken meat that have been battered and deep fried.

Description, history and origin[]

6 Piece Chicken McNuggets

The Chicken McNugget is a small piece of processed chicken meat that is fried in a golden batter and flash frozen, then shipped out and sold at McDonald's restaurants.


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".[1] Supply problems were solved by 1983, and Chicken McNuggets became available nationwide.[2] In 2013, McDonald's announced that the McNuggets come in:[3] Bell shaped, Bone shaped, Boot shaped, and Ball shaped.


Ingredients: White Boneless Chicken, Water, Vegetable Oil (Canola Oil, Corn Oil, Soybean Oil, Hydrogenated Soybean Oil), Enriched Flour (Bleached Wheat Flour, Niacin, Reduced Iron, Thiamine Mononitrate, Riboflavin, Folic Acid), Bleached Wheat Flour, Yellow Corn Flour, Vegetable Starch (Modified Corn, Wheat, Rice, Pea, Corn), Salt, Leavening (Baking Soda, Sodium Aluminum Phosphate, Sodium Acid Pyrophosphate, Calcium Lactate, Monocalcium Phosphate), Spices, Yeast Extract, Lemon Juice Solids, Dextrose, Natural Flavors.

Contains: Wheat.


The Chicken McNuggets were sold in packages of 4, 6, 10, 20 and 40. In June 2011, McDonald's brought back the 20 piece for a limited time and continues to sell today. In New Zealand, and Australia, they are also available in 3 packs in Happy Meals and Heart Foundation approved Tick healthy meals. They come with a choice of various flavors of dipping sauce (Pure Honey, Tangy Barbecue, Sweet n' Sour, Honey Mustard, Hot Mustard, Spicy Buffalo, Sweet Chili, Curry, Creamy Ranch and Chipotle Barbecue). In countries like China, it's sold as nine pieces instead of ten, and in addition to BBQ, Sweet n' Sour, and Hot Mustard, there is also a chili garlic sauce which is very popular in China. They have recently been introduced in India, first as a part of its "Breakfast Meal" and later in the regular menu in May 2009. 50-piece McNuggets meal deals have been promoted at times for special events such as U.S. football's Super Bowl. In select areas of the United States, however, 50 piece Chicken McNugget meals are on the menu at all times during the year for $9.98 plus tax.[4]

A halal version of the McNuggets are sold at two McDonald's franchises in Dearborn, MI being very successful making double the average of McNuggets sales.[5]


In a 2002 lawsuit against McDonald's, Judge Robert Sweet commented that Chicken McNuggets are a "McFrankenstein" creation.[6] The judge identified that rather than being merely chicken fried in a pan, McNuggets included elements not utilized by the home cook, including the unusual sounding ingredients like: extracts of rosemary, vitamins (niacin, thiamine mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), leavening (baking soda, calcium lactate, etc.).[7] Gallery:

Ronald icon

To view the Chicken McNuggets gallery, click here.


  1. The Cult of the McRib. MAXIM (3 February 2009). Archived from the original on April 19 2013. Retrieved on 25 October 2011.
  2. History of McDonald's Corporation – FundingUniverse. Retrieved on 2013-02-03.
  3. What Are The Four McNugget Shapes? – Oldiez 96. Retrieved on 2013-02-28.
  4. Aamoth, Doug. CrunchDeals: 50 piece Chicken McNuggets bucket for $10 this weekend. Crunch Deals. Archived from the original on January 20 2013. Retrieved on 2 December 2010.
  5. Halal McNuggets a Hit in Detroit. Huda. Archived from the original on September 1 2007.
  6. Weiser, Benjamin. "Word for Word/Fast-Food Fracas; Your Honor, We Call Our Next Witness: McFrankenstein", 26 January 2003. Retrieved on 2 December 2010. 
  7. "Word for Word/Fast-Food Fracas; Your Honor, We Call Our Next Witness: McFrankenstein".