How much Corn is in a McNugget?

The following is purely for entertainment purposes only.

The ingredients in bold indicate the ingredient is directly derived from corn.

The ingredients in italics indicate the ingedient is indirectly derived from corn.


  • Boneless chicken breast
  • water
  • modified cornstarch
  • salt
  • chicken flavor
  • yeast extract
  • wheat starch
  • natural flavoring (animal source)
  • safflower oil
  • dextrose
  • citric acid
  • rosemary
  • sodium phosphates
  • natural extractives of rosemary
  • canola and/or soybean oil
  • mono-and diglycerides
  • lecithin

Battered and Breaded with:

  • Water
  • enriched bleached wheat flour
  • yellow corn flour
  • bleached wheat flour
  • modified corn starch
  • salt
  • leavening (baking soda, sodium acid pyrophosphate, sodium aluminum phosphate, monocalcium phosphate, calcium lactate)
  • spices
  • wheat starch
  • whey
  • corn starch

Breading set in:

  • vegetable oil

Cooked in:

  • partially hydrogenated vegetable oils, (may contain partially hydrogenated soybean oil and/or partially hydrogenated corn oil and/or partially hydrogenated canola oil and/or cottonseed oil and/or sunflower oil and/or corn oil)
  • wheat
  • milk
  • soybean

Some notes:

Chicken: Chickens are fed with corn.

Bleached wheat flour: Most bleached flours are often bleached with corn starch.

Milk and Whey: Dairy products from cows fed with corn.

Inspired by “The Omnivore’s Dilemma“, references found here, here and here.

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