So what do they put in McDonalds Chicken McNuggets?

McDonalds' Chicken McNuggets with curry sauce dip are considered the height of decadence in the Bitterwallet office. A box of 20 nuggets is enough to provide any cynical hack with what the pornographic industry refer to as a 'bacon face'.

Bitterwallet - McDonalds chicken McNuggets
But what's actually in them? Chicken? There's some, at least, judging by this list of McNugget ingredients from Fooducate. You'll notice that the second ingredient in box of nosh is 'water'. Mmm, chicken water:

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, thiamin mononitrate, riboflavin, folic acid), yellow corn flour, bleached wheat flour, food starch-modified, salt, leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate), spices, wheat starch, dextrose, corn starch. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

Yeah, plenty of foods have additives, but you expect chicken to play a slightly more prominent role in what is hardly a complicated foodstuff. Don't know about you, but gotta get me a brown paper bag of some thiamin mononitrate and antifoaming agent. With curry sauce, natch.



  • Hammeh
    Just to point out that these do not completely match the offical ingrediants list from "Chicken (45%), Coating [Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed, Sunflower), Wheat Flour, Water (8%), Maize Flour, Modified Starch, Raising Agents (Disodium Diphosphate, Sodium Bicarbonate), Whey Powder (from Milk), Flavour Enhancer (Potassium Chloride), Egg Albumen (Free Range Egg), Ground Pepper, Breadcrumb (Wheat Flour, Salt), Salt, Dextrose, Ground Celery], Water (7%), Potato Starch, Vegetable Oil (Rapeseed, Sunflower), Natural Flavouring (from Free Range Egg), Flavour Enhancer (Potassium Chloride). Prepared in the restaurants using a non-hydrogenated vegetable oil" Hammeh
  • Sam T.
    We have an *office*? Why do I have to sit in the basement then?
  • thingonaspring
    haven't US and UK chicken nuggets always had different ingredients anyway?
  • Jase
    thingonaspring might have something there... Don't the US and UK have different regs on how much ingredients info you have to display? I've noticed when I've bought American sweets online (eg. Jelly Belly's jelly-beans) that they'll always have some big sticker over the ingredients...if you peel it off and compare, it seems the UK needs to have more info; in particular with additives / preservatives.
  • craig
    yeah but lets not forget in US they class a french fry as a vegetable
  • So W.
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  • KTF
    McDonalds in low quality product shocker...
  • crap
    who cares they taste nice
  • akiss
    "yeah but lets not forget in US they class a french fry as a vegetable" which is correct!
  • dick
    Don't forget that french fries are cooked three times before they touch your mouth ... Ask Boogie's friend Michael ...
  • Claire
    I don't get it? The No 1 ingredient on the list is chicken? With a few additives, only to be expected, and then a bunch of stuff to make the batter. So they're not producing Egon Ronay standard nosh, but at least McD's are only using genuine chicken, not the scraggy pulverized chicken claws and eyelids like you'd get on a bag of Iceland 'chicken' nuggets.
  • Alex
    Chicken for nugget purposes:
  • rt
    Who it there anyway? I heard people in Leeds believe there is one posh one (that with more modern tables etc). Chavs.
  • rt
    /\ | eat
  • Pete
    You honestly put 'Who eat there anyway?' and take the mick out of others? L

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