Myth vs. Fact: What’s in a Chicken Nugget?

by The Yumble Team



What’s in a Chicken Nugget?

More than ever, parents are questioning what is in the food they are feeding their kids. When it comes to asking what chicken nuggets are made of, many people are left scratching their heads. Parents know the importance of fueling little bodies with healthy and nutritious foods, but do chicken nuggets fall into that category?

What Are Chicken Nuggets Made Of?

While the answer to this question may seem obvious, the truth is that the ingredients found in chicken nuggets vary greatly from brand to brand. In fact, the ingredients found in chicken nuggets sold by Tyson and those sold by McDonald's are vastly different.

To start, the list of ingredients in chicken nuggets sold by McDonald’s is much longer than the list of ingredients in Tyson chicken nuggets. McDonald’s nuggets contain more ingredients for leavening (baking soda, sodium aluminum phosphate, and more), as well as ingredients for enrichment (thiamine, folic acid, and more). Tyson chicken nuggets contain more spices and ingredients you may find in your own kitchen.

Both brands, however, have had their share of nugget misfortune. It’s important to do your research on the exact ingredients of each brand to fully understand and answer the question of “what are nuggets made of?” You may be surprised to know that they go beyond just chicken and breading.

If you’re (rightfully) skeptical of feeding your little one either major brand’s chicken nuggets, how about opting for something all-natural and wholesome? Our Chicken Nuggets are just as convenient as the fast-food or frozen versions, but contain 100% antibiotic-free and hormone-free white meat chicken that’s rolled in a corn-based breadcrumb.

Myth and Facts About Chicken Nuggets:

It’s hard to shake a bad reputation, but over the years chicken nuggets have slowly gotten healthier. Unfortunately, there are still a lot of myths surrounding the ingredients in chicken nuggets. Here’s everything you need to know to clear the air and to help understand what chicken nuggets are made of.

Myth: Chicken nuggets do not contain lean chicken meat.

Fact: There have been independent studies performed to confirm just how much lean meat can be found in the average chicken nugget. One study conducted in Jackson, Mississippi showed that chicken nuggets sold at two national fast food restaurants contained less than 50% lean meat and a ton of fat.


Myth: Chicken isn’t as popular as it used to be.

Fact: In a 2018 National Chicken Council (yes, that’s a real organization) study, 86% of consumers ate a chicken snack or meal they purchased at a supermarket. According to their predictions, Americans ate 98 pounds of chicken per person over the course of the year. Clearly, chicken – and chicken nuggets, for that matter – is still going strong.


Myth: “Pink slime” is used to make chicken nuggets.

Fact: The short answer is that “pink slime” is a beef product, and therefore would not be found in chicken nuggets. However, the substance can be found in most beef products sold in fast food restaurants.


Myth: Chicken nuggets have no health benefits.

Fact: When made with wholesome ingredients and sourced from quality producers, chicken nuggets can actually be a healthy option for your children. For example, our Nuggets and Noodles meal contains a whopping 18 grams of protein. Also, chicken contains Niacin, which is a vitamin shown to increase the levels of “good” cholesterol (HDL) in the system.

Chicken Pops vs. Chicken Nuggets

Now that you know a little more about what chicken nuggets are made of, let’s talk about our Chicken Pops! We take typical chicken nuggets a step further by both making them nutritious and turning them into lollipops kids will love earing.

This makes them fun for kids and mess-free for parents! The ingredients in our Chicken Pops are simple: We use 100% antibiotic free & hormone free chicken, rolled in whole wheat panko crumbs, then baked to golden perfection. Chicken Pops are dairy, soy and egg-free, and come with a side of baked carrot fries. Compared to your typical frozen chicken nugget meal, Chicken Pops are still a great source of protein (17 grams in each meal), but also provide more fiber and less sodium.

Conclusion: Know What Your Nuggets are Made Of

The bottom line is that not all chicken nuggets are created equal. While most of the myths surrounding what chicken nuggets are made of have been debunked, it still pays to do research on the food that you feed your children. Don’t be discouraged, but know that you have wholesome, natural options!

Looking for an easy way to feed your kids chicken nuggets but still have it be a nutritious meal? Yumble delivers fresh, delicious, fully prepared kids' meals (including chicken nuggets and pops!) right to your doorstep. Simply pick the plan that works best for your family, choose your weekly meals, and Yumble will take care of the rest! No cooking required, and no wondering where those nuggets came from. Ready to get started?