A chicken nugget is a food product that consists of a small piece of boneless chicken meat that is breaded or battered and then fried or baked. Invented in the 1950s, chicken nuggets have become a popular item in fast-food restaurants, and are widely sold frozen for home use. Chicken McNugget is a small piece of processed chicken meat that is fried in batter and quickly frozen in a central manufacturing plant, and then shipped and sold at McDonald's restaurants. Chicken McNuggets are a type of chicken nuggets sold by the international fast-food restaurant chain McDonald's.
The first executive chef of McDonald's, René Arend, originally from Luxembourg, created the Chicken McNuggets recipe in 1979.