Where Chicken McNuggets Come From

Sorry to ruin everyone’s childhood, but that’s not strawberry soft serve that you’re seeing in the picture above. It is in fact the result of mechanically separated chicken, which is then formed into shapes such as McNuggets and processed chicken patties.

Wait it gets worse… After the entire chicken is smashed and pressed through a sieve to form the malleable chicken goo that you see above, it is soaked in ammonia to remove bacteria, then artificially reflavored. It is then dyed with artificial color to mask the neon pink.

Because neon pink chicken would just be gross.

[link, via GOOD]


  1. says

    Thanks Jill… I am aware that McDonald’s made efforts to use all white meat years ago… It was just fun messing with those who grew up with the spare parts version.

  2. says

    Oh I see… Ham, what were we thinking? Because it’s pink, that makes more sense. I’m sure that if we and the hundreds of other sites that covered this had researched it properly, we would have come to that conclusion ourselves. Thanks for the insight Mr. Perdue.

  3. Research says

    Unfortunately research isn’t part of the requirements to become a blogger, now is it? What you see is a picture of processed ‘ham’, not nuggets. It makes so much sense, but why google it if you can just dump a quickie piece on your blog?! Sad state of affairs, this meme…

  4. Carrie says


    THIS is why I haven’t eaten at McDonald’s in almost a decade.

    Seriously, when did *we* start to make food like this? And who comes up with the idea to do it this way?

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