How Much Corn Is In This Frickin’ McNugget Anyway?

I like the Chicken McNugget. Hey, it’s not chicken or anything, but my sole interest in the McNugget is as a flavor carrier of McDonald’s brand sweet and sour sauce. I love that stuff. It is for that sauce — looking oh-so-remarkably like the output of a mewling newborn — that I can never bring myself to order any similar gobble-sized chicken parts from Burger King or the like. Their “chicken tenders” (in case you never noticed, a creative marketing euphemism for “chicken genitalia”) may taste better than the McNugget, but that pink, orange-flecked sweet and sour sauce is an abomination.

So if the Chicken McNugget isn’t actually Chicken, what the hell am I slathering this sweet (and sour!) manna on? Well, the luscious Kate over at Accidental Hedonist took a look at the ingredients of the Chicken McNugget, and you’d probably be just as well off throwing an ear of corn into a bag of Shake ‘N’ Bake.

How Much Corn Is In A McNugget? [Accidental Hedonist]


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  1. Danilo says:

    Word. That sweet and sour sauce is crazy delicious.

    McDonald’s has improved their nugget formula, though. When I was a kid, all kinds of unmentionable dark meats were included in the processed chicken medallions. In response to Wendy’s delicious all-white meat chicken nugget onslaught, though, McDonald’s went to all white, also. At that point they also subtly changed the nugget batter, with lighter, crispier, more golden results.

    Definitely an improvement. So there’s corn up in that mofo? Meh. As long as I got the sauce I’m cool.

    Wendy’s hawaiian sweet and sour is also very tasty, though you may as well splurge for their chicken strips and go all the way. No fast food chicken product exceeds Wendy’s chicken strips.

  2. GenXCub says:

    I’m a big fan of KFC’s Sweet and Sour sauce. The deal with KFC (at least here in Vegas) is that the sauces carried by each location are decided by the individual manager. There are some in this town who won’t carry Sweet and Sour, therefore I will not go to those places.

  3. AcidReign says:

    …..I’m kind of shocked. I always like the McNugget more than other chicken-bit-like products. I always assumed that it got that wonderful greasy taste because of a high dark-meat content! I haven’t eaten them in years, though, and now I won’t! Thanks for the heads-up! No cotton-mouth dry crap for me!