What’s In A McDonald’s Chicken Patty? More Than Just Chicken

McChicken Sandwich

I’ve heard all kinds of things about McDonald’s chicken patties and chicken Nuggets. If you don’t haven’t seen it yet here’s a lovely picture of chicken nuggets before they’re patties. Yeah not very appetizing. Here’s what’s in the McChicken Patty.

McChicken® Patty:
Chicken, water, salt, sodium phosphates. Battered and breaded with: bleached wheat flour, water, wheat flour, food starch-modified, salt, spices, wheat gluten, paprika, dextrose, yeast, garlic powder, partially hydrogenated soybean oil and cottonseed oil with mono -and diglycerides, leavening (sodium acid pyrophosphate, baking soda, ammonium bicarbonate, monocalcium phosphate), natural flavor (plant source) with extractives of paprika. Prepared in vegetable oil (Canola oil, corn oil, soybean oil, hydrogenated soybean oil with TBHQ and citric acid added to preserve freshness). Dimethylpolysiloxane added as an antifoaming agent.

I guess the questions now are are you ok with this ingredient list? and what the hell is Dimethylpolysiloxane?

Dimethylpolysiloxane the “antifoaming agent” is a form of silicone used also used in cosmetics and Silly Putty. In shampoos it’s used to make hair silky and shiny. McChicken Patties need an “antifoaming agent” to keep the deep-frying oil from foaming.

Oh and dextrose is sugar. Yeah, there’s sugar all over McDonald’s menu from the Sausage Patty to the Shredded Cheddar/Jack Cheese. So it’s even in the salty foods. I guess there’s no need for desert then right?

Don’t believe me? The ingredient list is information straight from McDonald’s and you can download the pdf list for yourself at nutrition.mcdonalds.com


  1. Johnny Mao

    For more information on the ingredient Dimethylpolysiloxane:
    tl:dr –
    Silicone based anti-foaming agent, keeps the oil from foaming to increase life-span of the oil. Found in several manufactured food products (from candies to sports drinks). Used in making skim milk and in wine fermentation.

    Non-toxic but will irritate the skin and eyes along with being a danger if inhaled or swallowed in its raw form. More research needed to explore potential health risks.

    Created in late 1950s for use in developing medical products.

    Intended for several uses (from food – cosmetics).

  2. Pinky

    Does the anti-foaming agent “burn off” during deep frying? I love these sandwiches but might have to stop eating them because of this product.

  3. Rosie

    If you want to eat safely at all fast food restaurants all sandwiches have gone ordered sans the “meat product” and if you can, the sauces. Ask for mustard or ketchup if you like. The cheese is a processed food product. If you can avoid it, do!

  4. Sid

    Thanks, as I swallow my last bite of mc chicken sandwich. From what I can read, Mc Donalds should head the list of places to avoid eating food from. If course we all know, it is all about profit so why should they bother offering healthy foods to consumers. After all it is mostly the poor and uninformed who eat there. Feel like I need to throw up now, uuuugggh!

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