Chicken & Sandwiches
Tender and juicy chicken? Yep.
Is our Filet-O-Fish® sustainably sourced? You know it. Read more in this section.
Our McNuggets® start with white-meat chicken. The chicken, which is cut from the tenderloin, breast and rib, gets mixed with a marinade for flavor and to help the Chicken McNuggets® keep their fun shapes.
Still curious about our Chicken McNuggets®
What kind of chicken do you use in a Chicken Sandwich?
Our Artisan Grilled Chicken Sandwich and Premium Grilled Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich are made with white-meat chicken, which are seasoned with simple, everyday ingredients, and the chicken fillet contains no artificial preservatives. Seared right in our kitchens.
Our Buttermilk Crispy Chicken is made with real buttermilk in the breading, blended with spices, including black pepper, garlic & onion powder.
Our Premium Crispy Chicken Bacon Clubhouse Sandwich is made of a tender and juicy chicken breast fillet.
In our McChicken sandwiches, we use a fillet that's made with a blend of dark and white meat chicken, so it's juicy and flavorful. Read more about our Chicken and sandwiches.
All of the chicken served at McDonald's approximately 14,000 U.S. restaurants comes from U.S. farms, and every chicken item McDonald's serves is made from chicken not treated with antibiotics important to human medicine. Farmers still use ionophores, a class of antibiotics that are not prescribed to people, to help keep chickens healthy.
Does your chicken contain added hormones?
No, we don’t add hormones to our chicken. As a matter of fact, no one in the U.S. does—it’s actually against federal law.
How do you prepare your Chicken McNuggets®?
We start with all white-meat chicken cut from the tenderloin, breast and rib and mix it with a marinade for flavor and juiciness and to help them keep their fun shape.
Once everything is mixed, we create the four famous Chicken McNuggets® shapes—bell, boot, ball and bone. They’re coated in a light tempura batter, partially fried and quickly frozen to preserve flavor. Once in our restaurants, they’re fully fried and served hot to you with a delicious taste that is full of flavor. Still curious about the ingredients in Chicken McNuggets®?
Where do you get your Chicken McNuggets®?
We work with three dedicated Chicken McNuggets® suppliers with various manufacturing locations within the U.S., such as Arkansas, Tennessee, North Carolina and Georgia.
Do you use so-called "pink slime" or "pink goop" in your Chicken McNuggets®?
No, our Chicken McNuggets® do not contain what some people call "pink slime" or "pink goop." We've seen the photo of "pink goop" or "pink slime" in association with McDonald's.
Let's set the record straight: this image in connection with McDonald's is a myth. In fact, we don't know where it came from, but it's not our food. The photo is not a representation of how we create our Chicken McNuggets®, or for that matter, any item on our menu. Each and every one of our Chicken McNuggets® is made with USDA-inspected boneless white-meat chicken—cut from the chicken breast, tenderloins and rib meat. Still curious about what's in a Chicken McNugget®? See all of the Chicken McNuggets® ingredients.
Do you only use chicken treated without antibiotics?
In 2015, we introduced an antibiotics policy in the U.S. to only source chicken raised without antibiotics important to human medicine, which we completed nearly a year ahead of schedule. Farmers still use ionophores, a class of antibiotics that are not prescribed to people, to help keep chickens healthy.
We have also committed to fully transitioning to cage-free eggs in the U.S. and Canada by 2025. Learn more about our cage-free transition.
What type of fish do you use in the Filet-O-Fish®?
We use wild-caught Alaska Pollock for our Filet-O-Fish® sandwich in the U.S., which is 100% sourced from sustainable fisheries. Why is sustainable fish so important to us? Because it helps protect our oceans—something that's important to you. Interested in learning more about the Filet-O-Fish®?
Why do you offer cheaper menu items than some other restaurants?
We serve more than 27 million customers every day, so we buy in bulk. And, as anyone who's ever shopped at a warehouse club can attest to, that means lower prices. Those savings are then passed along to you.