Chicken Nuggets: How Are They Made?

You might not want to know

Sure, it might be made from real chicken, but what part of it?

Chicken nuggets are one of those foods that are beloved by children, for multiple reasons. One, they’re fried. Two, they’re salty. Three, they generally taste pretty good. Four, they’re made from the most inoffensive type of meat, chicken. While it might be easy to assume that they’re just ground-up meat, formed into patties and fried, that can be far from the truth, especially in fast food.

According to a recent study conducted by researchers from the University of Mississippi Medical Center who picked up the nuggets at two unnamed fast food chains, the nuggets contained only about 50 percent meat. The rest was a hodgepodge of fat, blood vessels, nerves, connective tissue, and ground bone.


Now there might very well be some chicken nuggets on the market that are made with nothing but high-grade chicken meat, but until we have a guarantee, we’ll stick with making our own; here’s a good recipe.