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McDonald's Releases a "Making of" Chicken McNuggets Video

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McDonald's Canada releases a video showing exactly how the nuggets go from factory to takeout box

The makings of the beloved Chicken McNuggets have been demystified.

So much for making nuggets out of pink goop. A new video released by McDonalds Canada shows what McNuggets are really made of, and unlike the viral pictures that circulated last year the fast food franchise’s nuggets are apparently made with real breast meat in pristine-looking factories. The video is one of several put out by McDonalds, in which they try to combat questions and speculation around where their food comes from.

The video shows workers on an assembly line taking apart a whole chicken and putting the chicken parts in a giant blender until they get turned into a massive pile of brown meat grindings. The chicken is then shaped into nugget form by machine, prepared for eating (this part is not seen in the video) and readied for shipment. For extra measure, our McDonald's tour guide takes apart one of the chicken nuggets to show that it is indeed a real piece of meat.

Even though the video is not particularly pleasant to look at, Tom Super, a representative with the National Chicken Council said that the process is actually very typical of anyone making chicken nuggets, just on a larger scale, and that it has been confirmed that most fast food franchises use real meat.

“This video was clearly made in response to big companies wanting to be more transparent,” said Super. “I have no idea where the pink goop came from, but this is what nuggets look like when I make them with my kids at home.”

1 egg
1 cup water
1 cup all-purpose flour
2 teaspoons salt
1 teaspoon onion powder
1/2 teaspoon MSG (Accent)
1/4 teaspoon black pepper
1/8 teaspoon garlic powder
4 chicken breast fillets, each cut into 6-7 bite sized pieces
vegetable oil, for frying

Place the egg in a shallow bowl and beat it well. Stir in the water until blended.

In a plastic zip-top bag, combine the flour, salt, onion, powder, MSG, black pepper, and garlic powder. Shake to mix the ingredients.

Place the chicken breasts on a cutting board and pound to an even thickness (about 1/4-inch thick) with a meat mallet. Cut the chicken into bite-sized pieces and trim off any excess skin or fat.

Add the chicken pieces to the flour mixture and shake well to coat then shake off any excess flour. Remove the chicken to a paper towel.

When all the chicken pieces are coated in flour, individually dip them in the egg mixture to coat then let excess egg drip off them. Place them back in the bag with the flour. Repeat with remaining chicken pieces.

Shake the bag well to coat the chicken then place the bag - chicken and flour included - in the freezer for an hour. Place the egg mixture in the refrigerator, covered, while the chicken is chilling.

After the chicken has chilled, repeat the egg/flour process again to double coat them.

Meanwhile, heat oil in a skillet or deep fryer to 375 degrees F. When the chicken is ready, add the McNuggets to the oil in small batches (do not crowd the pieces) and deep fry until brown and crispy.

Remove the McNuggets from the oil and drain on brown paper bags (do not use paper towels or they will make them soggy). Repeat with remaining chicken pieces letting the oil come back up to temperature between batches if necessary.

TikTok McDonalds Chicken Nuggets Recipe

I love keeping my eye on viral recipe trends and so when I saw these copycat McDonalds nuggets on TikTok, I was like YESSSSSSSS we just try that! And boy was it spot on!

Unfortunately people on TikTok do not always share the recipes in an easy way so we wanted to come back and share exactly how to make your own chicken nuggets in your kitchen. Obviously kid friendly, family friendly and a bit healthier to fresh oil (can I use that sentence when you are talking about fried food?), these nuggets are a fantastic dinner option.

✔ Copycat Recipe ✔ Kid Friendly Dinner ✔ Viral Recipe Trend

You will need to ground down the chicken as well as freeze the nugget shapes before frying, therefore its important that you plan this recipe so you are not scrambling last minute.

Overall this recipe is pretty spot on to the original and I hope you love learning how to make your own homemade McDonalds nuggets!


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup flour
  • 1/2 cup cornstarch
  • 1 teaspoon salt
  • 1 teaspoon onion powder
  • 1 teaspoon garlic powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground pepper


Complete meal by serving one of these delicious side dish options: Roasted Potatoes, Mac and Cheese in a Mug, Roasted Parmesan Potatoes

Make it a McDonalds Night by adding this Big Mac Pizza recipe to dinner too!

This McDonald's TikTok Hack Helps You Get More McNuggets For Less Money

TikTok is great for many things, like staring for hours at videos of cute animals, teaching us we know nothing about our favorite snacks, and apparently even helping us save money when we go out to eat. Recently, a TikTok from a McDonald's insider blew our minds so much that we had to share.

Tiktok user @tha_broski recently posted a video breaking down the different menu prices for different sizes of chicken nuggets at McDonald's. In his video, he claimed that it was actually cheaper to order two six-piece nuggets ($2 each at his particular McDonald's) than it was to order one 10 piece ($5.79).

The bad news here is&mdashat least at the McDonald's locations near me and the few other ones I checked online&mdashthese prices were not the same and it was, in fact, not cheaper to use the hack from TikTok. That said, that's not to say it isn't true at any location because prices seem to vary wildly from place to place, so check your local store for yourself.

PLUS it did show me another hack (literally I was that meme of the lady with the equations around her head all day today): In more than half the McDonald's locations I checked, it was actually cheaper to get three four-piece McNuggets ($1.30 each at one location) than it was to get a ten-piece ($4.50 at that same location). For those who are bad at math, that would be 12 nuggets versus 10 for 60 cents cheaper. Again, across stores where it was cheaper to order multiple four-pieces, prices differed, and it didn't work at every location I looked up, so do the math for yourself before ordering! As long as you don't mind some extra packaging, you might just save about 50 cents or so AND get two more nuggets.

In the same TikTok, @tha_broski also claimed that a small fry container actually fit the same amount of fries compared to a medium, showing this by pouring them from the small bag into the medium container. While the topic of how full individual fries containers get has been highly debated for some time, some people in the comments of the TikTok took issue with this proposed hack, saying that their small fries aren't usually as filled as the one in the video are and that usually they have to be filled to a specific weight. To that, @tha_broski suggested they simply ask for more fries if they aren't getting as many fries as he showed.

That said, the calorie count for a medium fry versus a small fry on McDonalds' website differs by 100 calories, seeming to imply you should get a bit more in a medium. Seems like another one that is worth trying on your own! Either way, we always love a good hack, so keep them coming!

TikTok star Joshuah Nishi’s McNuggets recipe surpasses 27 million views

As the world continues to live life in lockdown, one enterprising 19-year-old chef is enlightening the world about one fan favourite: chicken nuggets.

As the world continues to live life in lockdown, one enterprising 19-year-old chef is enlightening the world about one fan favourite: chicken nuggets.

As the world continues to live life in lockdown, one enterprising 19-year-old chef is enlightening the world about one fan favourite: chicken nuggets.

Joshuah Nishi’s chicken nugget tutorial has surpassed over 27 million views. Source:Supplied

As the world continues to live life in lockdown, one enterprising 19-year-old chef is enlightening the world about one fan favourite McDonald’s recipe: chicken nuggets.

So popular is the tutorial, titled The coveted McNuggets, it has surpassed 27 million views on TikTok with some even claiming they’re better than the real thing.

Joshuah Nishi, 19, is only in his first year of college but his guided recipes on TikTok reveal a wealth of knowledge. He now has 1.6 million followers thanks to his home fast-food how-tos, but by far his McNugget recipe is his most popular to date.

The recipe is as simple as cutting chicken breast into cubes, blending and creating a 𠇍ry mix”.

“I have been cooking since I was 10. Learned to cook from a combo of grandma, pops, and google,” he said.

“I like to say I learned to cook from the back of boxes because the first thing I remember whippin’ up was those Kraft mac n cheese boxes.

“I really got into cooking around 8th grade and throughout high school. Mostly out of necessity because my dad would always get home late and someone needed to help out and put food on the table.”

The post was uploaded to Instagram on January 1 but has since seen a resurgence since the coronavirus pandemic took hold across the world.

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The hit McNuggets tutorial has been viewed more than 27 million times. Source:Supplied


Joshua starts with chicken breast and cuts it into small cubes. He then instructs to blend the chicken in batches.

“You can use a grinder if you have one, but I don’t have one I’m guessing a lot of you don’t have one,” he says, adding the importance of using salt and pepper.

Then, it’s time to shape your nuggets.

“The key to shaping your nuggets is to keep your hands wet so it doesn’t stick to you.”

He instructs to then throw the batch into the freezer for 2 hours, which is when it’s time to move onto the dry and wet mix.

Once the mixes are done it’s time fry the nuggets for �out two minutes each side,” Joshua says,

You can view the full instructions below.

Other McDonald’s related recipe tutorials Joshua has posted include the McChicken and fries.

McDonald’s partners with BTS for chicken nuggets

McDonald’s has something “Dynamite” lined up for the spring.

The fast-food giant has partnered with K-pop group BTS.

On Monday, Micky Dees announced its latest celebrity meal will be inspired by the seven-member, platinum-selling music act that has taken the world by storm with their slick fashion aesthetic, R&ampB-styled dance moves and positive messages.

Rolling out in the United States on May 26, the BTS meal will consist of a 10-piece order of chicken nuggets, medium fries, a medium Coke and new sweet chili and cajun dipping sauces inspired by recipes from McDonald’s South Korea locations.

The signature menu item will debut in the U.S. and 11 other countries, before rolling out in other places around the world.

With scheduled releases in 49 countries, this marks the first celebrity meal launch of such global scale for the Chicago-headquartered burger chain.

“BTS truly lights up the world stage, uniting people across the globe through their music,” McDonald’s USA marketing chief Morgan Flatley said with the announcement. “We’re excited to bring customers even closer to their beloved band in a way only McDonald’s can – through our delicious food – when we introduce the BTS signature order on our menu next month.”

Also known as the Bangtan Boys, the Grammy nominated group’s hit song “Dynamite” was recognized by Guinness World Records for staying at No. 1 on Digital Song Sales chart for the most weeks and spending maximum time on the Billboard Hot 100.

Like with previous celebrity-inspired meals, this one will only be available for a limited period, reportedly through June 20 in the U.S.

The company’s celebrity meal program, which basically takes existing menu items and packages them as a star’s signature order, has been a success for the company since it debuted last year.

Meals from hip-hop icon Travis Scott, McDonald’s first collaborator, became so popular because of social media that some restaurants sold out of some of the ingredients in the meal.

McDonald’s followed that partnership with a reggaeton hit-maker J Balvin meal last fall.

McNugget Buddies

McNugget Buddies were so cute. They would be used as an anthropomorphic representation of the food to help sell them and be included in Happy Meal toys (check out my article all about the history of the Happy Meal). They first started being used in commercials in 1985 as each fast food item at McDonald’s has a character associated with them like Grimace for milkshakes and Birdie for Mcdonald’s breakfasts.

McNugget Buddies were some of the most popular characters and Happy Meal toys that McDonald’s has ever put out. In the commercials, the voices of all 6 McBuddies were voiced by one guy who was actually the voice of Sweep from Transformers and Deep 6 from G.I. Joe – Hal Rayle.

In the commercials, the McNugget Buddies would always make horrible puns, but this was the golden age of fast food and the characters that sold them. You may have noticed that today this tradition is long gone and you haven’t seen these characters for years. The McNugget Buddies would also be super popular with their Halloween versions

How to make McDonald’s chicken McNuggets at home

Of all the dishes on offer at McDonald’s, the chain’s chicken McNuggets seem to hold a very special place in the hearts of fast food lovers.

You can now replicate the crispy, flavoursome deliciousness of the famous chicken delicacy from the comfort of your own home, thanks to the culinary prowess of one woman.

Bernadette, a high school teacher from Melbourne, Australia, recently shared her homemade recipe for chicken nuggets on a Facebook group called Homemade McDonald’s.

The group was originally created in February 2018 by Joel Cornell, a 31-year-old visual and performance artist from Melbourne.


It currently has more than 18,000 members, with many going to extreme lengths to serve up burgers, McMuffins, McFlurries and fish fillets to rival the originals.

In March, Bernadette shared her innovative nuggety creation on the Facebook group, much to the delight of her foodie peers.

“Last night I challenged myself to create what some in this group had attempted but never seemed to nail - the iconic six pack ‘o’ nuggs and sweet and sour dipping sauce,” she wrote.

“Like I honestly don’t think I’ve ever made chicken this yum before,” she continued.

Bernadette also shared a selection of images to accompany the recipe, undisputedly proving that she’s managed to pull off the aesthetic of McDonald’s’ signature chicken McNuggets.

She gave the nuggets a rating of nine out of 10 for taste and nine out of 10 for looks, describing her efforts as a “success”.

Here’s everything you need to know about Bernadette’s seemingly delicious nugget recipe:

Chicken nuggets

Bernadette made her nuggets using chicken breast that had been coated in flour three times using a zipped up bag, salt, Vegeta spice (a product made by food company Podravka), garlic powder, onion powder, salt and pepper.

She also incorporated an occasional egg wash into the recipe.

She placed the nuggets in the freezer in between the second and third coats of flour “to ensure crispiness”, she wrote.


  • 1.5 lbs (680 g) boneless skinless chicken breast
  • 1/2 tsp onion powder
  • 1/4 tsp white pepper
  • 1/2 tsp salt (I used Trader Joe&rsquos Vegan Chicken seasoning blend)
  • 2 tsp low sodium soy sauce
  • 1/2 tsp sugar
  • 2 Tbsp (15 g) cornstarch
  • cooking oil for frying


Wet Batter:

  • 1/2 cup (65 g) cornstarch
  • 1 1/4 cups (162.5 g) all-purpose flour
  • 1 tsp salt (I used Trader Joe&rsquos Vegan Chicken seasoning blend)
  • 1/4 tsp baking soda
  • 1 1/4 tsp baking powder
  • 1 tsp salt (or spice blend of choice)
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 1/4 cups (295 ml) cold water

Homemade Sweet and Sour Sauce:

  • 1/2 Tbsp cooking oil
  • 1/4 tsp ginger paste
  • 1 cup (320 g) apricot preserve or jam
  • 2 tsp rice vinegar (or to taste)
  • 1/8 tsp to 1/4 tsp salt (or to taste)
  • 1/2 cup (118 ml) water
  • cornstarch slurry (3 Tbsp cold water +2 tsp cornstarch)

McDonald’s changes the McNugget recipe in a bid to be more healthy

MCNUGGETS have been a staple of the McDonald’s menu since the 1980s, but the hyper-processed chicken patties are finally coming in for a McMakeover.

McDonald's is changing up its Chicken McNuggets. Picture: Supplied. Source:AP

McDONALDS America wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it is testing a preservative-free version of Chicken McNuggets, which have practically become synonymous with hyper-processed foods since they were introduced in the 1980s.

The company says it began testing the new recipe in about 140 stores in Oregon and Washington in March. It’s the latest move by McDonald’s to try and step up quality perceptions about its food as it works to turn around its business, which has lost customers in recent years.

McDonald’s wants to take some of the mystery ingredients out of Chicken McNuggets. Source:AFP

The company has conceded that it failed to keep up with changing tastes and that it is looking at improving core menu items.

Last week, it also said it is testing a version of its Big Mac that comes with bigger patties.

McDonald’s did not provide details on what exactly is different about the new McNugget recipe, but said it is “simpler” and “parents can feel good” about it.

Becca Harry, a McDonald’s representative, noted that McNuggets are currently fried in oil that contains TBHQ, which is considered an artificial preservative. The test reflects the sensitivities that parents of young children in particular might have about food ingredients.

The world’s biggest hamburger chain says it is testing a preservative-free version of Chicken McNuggets. Picture: Supplied. Source:AP

McDonald’s has long marketed to families with its Happy Meals and Ronald McDonald mascot.

The McNugget test was first reported by Crain’s Chicago Business.

As people pay closer attention to food labels, companies across the food and beverage industry have tweaked recipes to remove ingredients that may sound unappetising.

Last year, for instance, McDonald’s tweaked its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognise. That change removed maltodextrin, which McDonald’s said was used to increase browning. Sodium phosphates, which McDonald’s said was to keep chicken moist, were replaced with vegetable starch.

Last year, McDonald’s tweaked its grilled chicken recipe to remove ingredients people might not recognise. Picture: Supplied Source:AFP

Chicken McNuggets are delivered to stores frozen and currently contain a long list of ingredients, according to the McDonald’s website, including sodium phosphates. McDonald’s said the McNugget recipe it is testing does not have sodium phosphates.

McDonald’s said it is getting feedback from customers with the McNugget test, and did not say when it planned to launch the new recipe nationally.

Last week, McDonald’s said sales rose 5.4 per cent at established US locations during the first three months of the year. The company did not say how much of that came from an uptick in customer visits. The results were boosted at least in part by higher pricing and the shuttering of underperforming stores. McDonald’s Corp., based in Oak Brook, Illinois, has more than 14,000 locations in the US.

McDonald's Canada answer the age old question of what really goes into those crispy, golden nuggets.

McDonald's Canada answer the age old question of what really goes into those crispy, golden nuggets.