Flashback Friday: An Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets

By Seriously Science | October 13, 2017 6:00 am
Photo: flickr/PetroleumJelliffe

Photo: flickr/PetroleumJelliffe

Ever wondered what fast food chicken nuggets are actually made of? So did these researchers, and they actually went so far as to examine formalin-fixed sections of nugget under a microscope. If you enjoy eating these junk food favorites, we suggest you stop reading here. But if you really want to know the results, read on…

The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads “Chicken Little”

“PURPOSE: To determine the contents of chicken nuggets from 2 national food chains.
BACKGROUND: Chicken nuggets have become a major component of the American diet. We sought to determine the current composition of this highly processed food.
METHODS: Randomly selected nuggets from 2 different national fast food chains were fixed in formalin, sectioned and stained for microscopic analysis.
RESULTS: Striated muscle (chicken meat) was not the predominate component in either nugget. Fat was present in equal or greater quantities along with epithelium, bone, nerve, and connective tissue.
CONCLUSION:Chicken nuggets are mostly fat, and their name is a misnomer.”

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  • OWilson

    Folks eating chicken nuggets don’t care what is in them, as long as it comes from a chicken, and unless it is full of cereal, sawdust or some other filler, it is certainly not misnamed.

    One wonders if they have ever heard of the hot “dog” or “ham” burger! :)

    • Conuly

      If my hamburger isn’t made of people from Hamburg, I’m suing.

  • Matthew Barrett

    Okay, but it’s a stretch to say that the name is a misnomer. They are still nuggets made out of chicken parts. The title and conclusion only make sense if you accept the idea that the term “chicken” only applies to meat. Yes, chicken meat can be called “chicken,” but so can everything else that comes from a chicken.

  • http://libertyjusticeblog.blogspot.com/2011/06/welcome-to-liberty-justices-verbose.html Esther Barnett

    Unless you make sure you buy the ones made from chicken breast. Never buy the cheap nuggets.

    • OWilson

      I’m a leg man, myself :)

      • https://www.facebook.com/pages/My-Original-Music-written-arranged-produced-by-ME/195887277117017 JohnnyMorales

        Yes legs and thighs do taste better.

  • William Elam

    Mmm. Nerve tissue. For extra flavor.

  • Gamepro56

    Love some crispy bone in my nuggs.


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