Fast Food Review: Chicken McNuggets from McDonald’s
With a new McNugget sauce hitting McDonald’s restaurants for a limited time, I’ve had McNuggets on the brain for a couple of weeks now. If you’ve got a dollar, a 4-piece is in your future. While I’m sure that a majority of the readers know all about McNuggets, I still thought it would be fun to revisit this classic and feature them in a review. Every kids favorite and yet another food I have yet to grow-up from, McDonald’s Chicken McNuggets.
For a lot of you, McNuggets were probably your introduction to the world of McDonald’s. As a kid I can remember sitting in the back seat of the family station wagon on a Saturday afternoon, patiently waiting for my Happy Meal with McNuggets. It’s really such a simple item and that’s likely why it appeals most to kids with simple tastes. Even though it’s simple, I’d still get excited over a breaded morsel of chicken with a dipping sauce. I think back in those days and sauces were more limited. I’m sure there are some out there that used ketchup over anything else. I would always get Sweet & Sour sauce as my dipper of choice. Not much has changed today because I’ll still opt for Sweet & Sour over the other options. As far as other sauces go, I have tried them all. Your basic choices of dipping sauce are Sweet & Sour, Barbeque and Hot Mustard. I put BBQ sauce on just about everything but I’ve never been crazy about the McD’s version. The not-hot Hot Mustard sauce can be a nice change of pace but McDonald’s Sweet & Sour sauce just seems to be perfect for McNuggets. It’s more sweet than sour and unlike most Sweet & Sour sauces I’m used to. It truly deserves it’s own unique name.
The switch to all white meat McNuggets took place about 6 years ago and it only took McDonald’s about 20 years to make the official change. We’re just talking about shaped pieces of minced chicken meat and deep fried to a golden nugget here so I’m fully aware that the all-white switch isn’t going to be that Earth shattering. With that being said, I still appreciate the all white meat upgrade. There seems to be a cleaner, less-greasy taste to the McNuggets without really changing the classic taste that I grew up with. The golden crunchy fried shell of the McNugget might be infused with the same addictive qualities as the McDonald’s french fries. To get a 4-piece for $1.00 is a great buy but just 4 McNuggets are not very filling. $3.00 for 12 is a good amount for a meal but that $1.00 4-piece option is a nice choice if you’re picking and choosing items from the Dollar Menu.
I mentioned before that we’re talking shaped pieces of minced chicken and I’d be doing this review a disservice if I didn’t mention “The Circle”, “The Tombstone” and “The Boot”. What’s your favorite? How can you not love “The Boot” or what I used to call “The one with the handle”.
McNuggets have nostalgic value for me and for that I give them bonus points. I don’t really like the Burger King tenders and the Wendy’s Nuggets are a little too spongy for my liking so in my opinion, McDonald’s gets the nod above those two. I’ll still put them all behind Chick-fil-A in the battle for best fast food nuggets. As CFA nuggets go, I wouldn’t expect anything else from a place that focuses all it’s attention on chicken. Even though I don’t go to McDonald’s often, I know that the McNuggets will still be there and true to my memories as a kid. Even through it’s changes, the familiarity of the McNugget always seems to win me over.
Pros: Cheap. All white-meat. Crisp and crunchy golden shell.
Cons: Even though they are cheap, you'll still need a bunch to make a dent in your stomach.
Grubbing on-the-go: 6.50/10
Price: 1.00 for 4
Overall GrubGrade: 7.50/10
More Info: McDonalds.com
Calories - 190
Fat - 12 grams
Saturated Fat - 2 grams
Cholesterol - 30 milligrams
Sodium - 400 milligrams
Carbs - 11 grams
Sugars - 0 grams
Dietary Fiber - 0 grams
Protein - 10 grams