What's Really in McDonald's Chicken McNuggets?

It's — wait for it — chicken!
Chicken McNuggets

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Chicken McNuggets are produced by Tyson. 

McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets are one of the most popular fast foods in existence, with a following ranging from children to senior citizens. And honestly, what’s not to like? It’s white-meat chicken, battered and fried, served with a wide variety of dipping sauces. We know how most chicken nuggets are made, and what the healthiest and unhealthiest fast food chicken nuggets are, but what exactly goes into Chicken McNuggets?

As evidenced by this video that McDonald’s posted on YouTube, there’s not much to fear. They’re made at the Tyson factory, and are made with chicken breast, rib meat, chicken tenders, and some skin “for flavoring.” After the meat is deboned, it’s coarsely ground, then combined with water, sodium phosphates, modified food starch, salt, natural flavoring, wheat starch, dextrose, citric acid, autolyzed yeast extract, rosemary extract, and safflower oil in a large mixer. Then they’re formed, battered, breaded, and dropped into hot oil. They’re only partially cooked at the plant, flash-frozen, then finished at the restaurant.

So there you have it! It’s definitely processed, but it’s certainly not pink slime. 

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