REVEALED: All the ingredients in a McDonald’s chicken nugget

They might be small, but a chicken nugget from McDonald’s consists of 40 ingredients.

A new book called Ingredients has broken down exactly what goes into each nugget, as well as 24 other commonly eaten foods.

Photographer Dwight Eschliman and food writer Steve Ettlinger deconstructed all the foods to show what additives go into them.


The book also includes photos of all the ingredients in each food laid out next to each other in rows and photographed from above.

Here is the full list of ingredients in a McDonald’s chicken nugget:

PHOTO: Regan Arts / Pinterest

PHOTO: Regan Arts / Pinterest

1. White boneless chicken
2. Water
3. Food starch-modified
4. Salt
5. Autolyzed yeast (Seasoning 5-13)
6. Salt
7. Wheat starch
8. Natural flavour (botanical source)
9. Safflower oil
10. Dextrose
11. Citric acid
12. Sodium phosphates
13. Natural flavour (botanical source)
14. Battered and breaded with water
15. Bleached wheat flour (Enriched flour 15-24)
16. Niacin
17. Reduced iron
18. Thiamine mononitrate
19. Riboflavin
20. Folic acid
21. Yellow corn flour
22. Bleached wheat flour
23. Food starch-modified
24. Salt
25. Baking soda (Leavening 25-33)
26. Sodium acid pyrophosphate
27. Sodium aluminium phosphate
28. Monocalcium phosphate
29. Calcium lactate
30. Spices
31. Wheat starch
32. Dextrose
33. Corn starch
34. Canola oil (Prepared in Vegetable Oil 34-40)
35. Corn oil
36. Soybean oil
37. Hydrogenated soybean oil
38. TBHQ
39. Citric Acid
40. Dimethylpolysiloxane