This Goes into a Chicken Nugget?!


Mmm, strawberry soft serve ice cream!  Wait, what?  That’s mechanically separated chicken? That’s what goes into a chicken nugget?  Gross!  This photo from the Huffington Post appeared on the internet yesterday and has caused a huge uproar.  People are disgusted, and so am I!

It’s hard to know what exactly goes into your food.  You never think that chicken could look like this.  Apparently, this is what chicken looks like when machines pass chicken bones through a high pressure sieve to get every last bit of meat off.

Apparently, the next step in the process is to wash this meat with ammonia (ugh!), then pump it full of artificial colors and flavors.  It’s terrifying to think that we’re putting that into our bodies every time we have a chicken nugget!

When products contain mechanically separated meats, they are required to state this on the packaging, so this really makes me want to start reading labels, avoiding fast food as much as possible, and really focusing on natural, healthy ingredients whose names I recognize!  I’m sure it’s easier said than done, but I can try, darn it!

If you are craving some chicken nuggets, but you don’t want them to be made out of some unidentifiable pink slurry, try these recipes that actually use ingredients that you’ve heard of before!

Homemade Chicken Nuggets

Honey Nut Chicken Fingers

Cajun Chicken Nuggets

Mom’s Chicken Nuggets

Baked Chicken Nuggets

To read the original article in the Huffington Post, click here.

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  • Sandie {A Bloggable Life}

    Ok. That is beyond grossness. Thank goodness I’ve never let my kids eat chicken nuggets. Perfect example of why I made that decision years ago!

  • marla {family fresh cooking}

    OMG!! That is so disgraceful- -I did not see that pink mess. Thank goodness we never go to fast food restaurants, how vile!
    I have a great recipe for awesome homemade chicken nuggets:

    Coconut Oat Crusted Chicken Nuggets with Pomegranate Dipping Sauce

  • Tom Super


    Yes — it’s true. Poultry is sometimes mechanically separated and when it is, the resulting product is called mechanically separated poultry (MSP). It is NOT true, however, that this is how chicken nuggets are commonly made. The vast majority do not contain MSP. Nuggets are usually made from pieces of white meat and sometimes from a combination of white and dark meat.

    Some processed meat products, like hot dogs and lunch meat, do contain MSP and this is stated on the ingredient label by law. This process is regulated and inspected by USDA, and if used, is included in the ingredient statement.

    Even has an entry about the claims in this piece. Anyone who took the time to read this post should also visit and for the facts.

    Using technologies like this helps prevent the waste food, plain and simple. It is just a more technological and economical way of cutting the remaining chicken meat off of the bone.

    I ask that you update your post, instead of fueling a viral internet rumor without checking the facts.

    I feed my two small kids a balanced diet that includes plenty of fruits and vegetables… and yes, chicken nuggets, too.

    Tom Super, American Meat Institute

  • AK

    Hey Man… you’re supposed to eat’em not ‘gaze’ at their beauty!

    Everyone knows processed meat isn’t pretty… But sure tastes great!!!

    AK (Attends)

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