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This Is How a Chicken Nugget Is Made (UPDATED) This Is How a Chicken Nugget Is Made (UPDATED)

This Is How a Chicken Nugget Is Made (UPDATED)

by Zach Frechette
October 5, 2010

Mechanically separated chicken—the stuff chicken nuggets and patties are made from—is what you get when you grind an entire chicken through a sieve, soak it in ammonia, and add flavor artificially. Also, it's pink.

UPDATE: We've found a video from a corporate manufacturer of the machines that executes this task (or at least part of the task; it's hard to know, it's in Chinese). Warning: This is totally gross an not for the faint of heart.

UPDATE 2: Here's an even better (?) video of the process, from a more industrialized facility.

UPDATE 3: Turns out, this was a little blown out proportion.

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