So, "are McNuggets® made with real chicken?" is the question on your mind. The answer is yes – we absolutely use 100% chicken, 100% of the time. You can be confident that the meat found in McNuggets® is 100% real chicken. All of our Chicken McNuggets® meet local regulations as set out by the government. So what do we use to make our McNuggets®? Our McNuggets® are made from 100% chicken breast, with a few seasonings, as well as a portion of chicken skin (used as a binder and for its flavour). That's it.

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For eager readers, here is some more information about the McDonald's McNugget® process. 100% chicken breast is blended with seasoning and chicken skin. Together this mix forms the basis of our McNuggets® which is then formed into distinct nugget shapes. These are then coated with a tempura-style batter. McDonald's McNuggets® are not chemically treated. McDonald's sources its food ingredients from approved suppliers that adhere to strict food safety and quality standards including a controlled distribution environment to minimise the risk of contamination and food poisoning. This includes keeping the McNuggets® frozen until it is dropped into the fryer in store , ready to be served. In store, our cooking procedures are specifically designed to ensure that each nugget reaches the required internal temperature to destroy pathogenic bacteria.

Where do we source our chicken? All of it is sourced via Finlar Fine Foods – the exclusive supplier of McNuggets® in South Africa. Finlar sources it from approved McDonald's slaughterhouses. The meat is carefully inspected by Finlar to ensure consistent, safe products. The chicken breast used for our McNuggets® comes from Broiler chickens, which are raised exclusively for their meat. McDonald's SA's trusted suppliers are help fully accountable to our global standards.

Have you still got some unanswered questions about what ingredients we use in our meals? Visit the McDonald's SA website and search for the meal of your choice in our menu. You will find a list of exactly what ingredients go into each meal. If you would like to see what other questions our customers have asked us, you can always read through them on our ‘Know Our Food' microsite.

Chicken McNuggets and their real chicken recipe

Knowing that chicken meat is a popular snack or meal for many people, McNuggets were introduced to the world over 40 years ago. Keystone Foods, founded by Herb Lotman in the US, was the first company to supply McDonald's with McNuggets. Real meat was the starting point for René Arend, who was the McDonald's chef responsible for the McNuggets tasty recipe. René developed this recipe in the late 70's. McDonald's South Africa holds true to René's delicious recipe by only using real chicken and preparing it as a tasty meal for millions of South Africans, since 1994. Our McNuggets®' are coated in a delicious batter, which is made from wheat starch and flour, sunflower oil, maize flour, salt, additive (sodium bicarbonate also known as baking soda), whey powder (whey protein from milk), herbs and spices, celery-based vegetable powder and emulsifier (helps ingredients mix together properly). All of the ingredients found in our food are Halaal certified too. You can find out more about the Halaal status of our food here, where we interview the Director of the MJCHT, Shaykh Achmat Sedick. McNuggets have been prepared freshly on a daily basis and enjoyed around the world for decades, of which South Africa is no exception. McDonalds's South Africa prides itself in making use of leading food suppliers and strict food preparation processes. The result is high-quality food ingredients, which are freshly prepared to be enjoyed by South Africans each year. We are proud to serve our tasty McNuggets® every day.

McDonald's real chicken, Chicken McNuggets® meals

So, now you know that our tasty Chicken McNuggets® are only made from real chicken; but you may also want to know more about how and what they are served with in our restaurants. So, how large are the servings you may wonder? They are served as either as a 4 piece, 6 piece or 10 piece meals. You may also be curious to know what comes with your McNuggets®. When you place your order for Chicken McNuggets® you can either order them with a Jalapeño Sauce, BBQ Sauce or Sweet & Sour Sauce. The choice is yours, to customize your meal to what is the most delicious combination for you.

Hygiene is a top priority when preparing our Chicken McNuggets®

McDonald's SA's Chicken McNuggets®, together with all our food, are prepared in strictly sanitised kitchens with regularly sanitised utensils and equipment too. Food safety is a top priority for us. The real chicken McNuggets® you order at any of our restaurants are prepared by McDonald's crew members that wash their hands thoroughly every 30 minutes. All of our utensils, equipment and kitchens are also carefully cleaned every 30 minutes, without exception. You can rest assure that our mouth-watering McNuggets® are hygienically prepared and are 100% real chicken.