What's In a Chicken Nugget?

Friday, November 08, 2013

Dr. Richard deShazo of the University of Mississippi Medical Center, the lead author of the article "The Autopsy of Chicken Nuggets Reads 'Chicken Little'” in the American Journal of Medicine, talks about his investigation into what, exactly, chicken nuggets contain. Surprise: it's not all chicken meat.


Dr. Richard deShazo

Comments [3]

Evil aguia from New Jersey

The Deli is alone in this act of Love and that's why there is such a long line. I think I'll put that on my menu when I open up my bakery/cafe. They are fun to eat and dip in sauces. They are world renown and they are made in the most horrible way in the USA, with anything from chicken to whatever dropped on the cutting room floor! But the fault does not lie only on the manufacturers but on the consumer as well. If you leave them out on your counter they will never go bad, they would probably outlast most marriages.

Nov. 08 2013 07:13 PM
Laura from Brooklyn, NY

Dr. deShazo, do you have plans for investigating the nuggets commonly served in the USDA school lunch program? School is very likely the setting where most children are exposed to nuggets. As there are many commodity processors serving schools, there are many different formulations; however, all of them are required to meet certain restrictions with regard to sodium content, serving size, and more. I know that school food service professionals, parents, and school food reform activists would love to see you extend your valuable study to nuggets served in schools.

Nov. 08 2013 01:12 PM
Miscellaneous from NYC

What's in a chicken nugget differs from manufacturer to manufacturer, so perhaps the discussion should begin with "what should be in a chicken nugget?"

There is a deli in Brooklyn that, I believe, makes the best chicken nuggets. They are NOT nugget shaped, but random strips and chunks of chicken, dipped in egg and thoroughly coated in cornflake crumbs, then deep fried in an oil that does not impart its own flavor. People stand on line and wait for the next batch to come up from the fryer. They make cauliflower "nuggets" exactly the same way and they constantly sell out of that, too.

So, what should be in chicken nuggets is chicken, egg, crumb coating and oil for frying. Anything else is NOT a chicken nugget, but a facsimile thereof.

Nov. 08 2013 12:30 PM

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