Is This Really What McDonald's Workers Do When Customers Ask For Fresh Nuggets?

There's no denying that fast food chicken nuggets are a firm fan favorite. In fact, Americans eat over two billion of them every year, reports CNBC. One restaurant that serves the menu item is McDonald's, with its McNuggets regularly featuring as a mealtime treat or convenient snack. In order to maintain its legendary status, McDonald's prepares its chicken nuggets in a very specific way. According to the company's website, white meat is cut from the breast, tenderloin, or rib of chickens before mixing the nugget meat "with a marinade for flavor and juiciness." They are then battered and partially fried. The nuggets are frozen for use in restaurants and are completely fried when served.

However, a YouTube video has cast doubt on whether this process is always followed. The clip is captioned, "When customers ask for fresh nuggets," and shows a supposed McDonald's worker taking a box of nuggets out of a branded paper bag, dropping them into a fryer, and re-serving them. The title of the YouTube video is, "It Was A Joke Y'all" and the word "joking" is visible in the corner of the post. Predictably, the video (which was also featured on TikTok but appears to have been removed) has caused a social media debate.

The debate over reheated McNuggets rages on

Although some social media viewers support the efficient approach of the joke made by the McDonald's worker, others question if the quality of the nuggets would be impacted. One user declared that anything other than cold nuggets would be fine, while another argues that Chicken McNuggets actually taste better warmed up at home, according to Daily Dot. Others weren't so sure. Many commenters have stated they would be able to tell the difference between genuinely freshly cooked nuggets and ones that had simply been fried again, reports Newsweek. Some have said they would raise it with a McDonald's manager in an attempt to receive complimentary discounts or even get the worker fired.

Although the video's description claimed the actions were a joke, the poster told Newsweek that McDonald's management previously instructed them to use the re-dropping technique in a specific instance "with a piece of crispy chicken" and that he did not actually use this method when working at the restaurant.