The McChicken is a chicken sandwich sold by the international fast food restaurant chain McDonald's.[2] In some countries, such as Australia,[3][4][5] India,[6][7] New Zealand,[8][9][10] and the UK,[11][12][13] it is considered to be a chicken burger, especially given it is not a sandwich as that word is understood in some of those non-American varieties of English.[14] It consists of a toasted wheat bun, a breaded cutlet, shredded lettuce and mayonnaise.

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The McChicken as sold in the US
Nutritional value per 1 sandwich, 5.1 oz (140 g)
Energy410 kcal (1,700 kJ)
39 g (13%)
Sugars5 g
Dietary fiber2 g (8%)
22 g (33%)
Saturated4 g (19%)
15 g
Vitamin A80 IU
Vitamin C
1 mg
20 mg
2.5 mg
590 mg
Other constituentsQuantity
Energy from fat190 kcal (790 kJ)
Cholesterol45 mg (15%)
Percentages are roughly approximated using US recommendations for adults.
Source: [1]


The sandwich, originally introduced in 1980, proved to be a sales disappointment and was later replaced with the highly successful Chicken McNuggets.[15] But following the success of McNuggets, the McChicken was reintroduced in 1988. But again, McDonald's removed the McChicken from its menus in the United States on September 26, 1996,[16] and it was replaced with the Crispy Chicken Deluxe, which was part of McDonald's ill-fated Deluxe line of sandwiches. But once again, the McChicken was brought back gradually in the later months of 1997, due to overwhelming letters and petitions.[17] Additionally, in the United States, the sandwich is somewhat smaller than it was previously, as it is now on the Dollar Menu & More (previously just the Dollar Menu), which offers various food products starting at US$1.00.[18]

The meat of the McChicken sandwich used to be 50% white meat and 50% dark meat.[citation needed] Viewed in April 2015, McDonald's website states that the McChicken contains a blend of dark and white meat chicken.[19]


In certain regions and at specific McDonald's franchises, the McChicken is adapted to appeal to the local population's tastes.


When the McChicken was reintroduced to McDonald's menu in mid-to-late 1997 as a smaller sandwich, it was initially marketed as the Cajun (Style) McChicken. The name was changed back to just McChicken around 2001, alongside the change to a milder, softer chicken patty.[citation needed]

In the south and southwestern parts of the US, the Hot 'n Spicy variant is sold.[20] It originated as a nationwide menu item in January 2006, but by June of that year, McDonald's confirmed it had been discontinued due to slow sales.[21] In March 2013, McDonald's re-introduced the Hot 'n Spicy across the country[22] to what was then called the Dollar Menu. In November 2013, as part of the chain's Dollar Menu & More revamp, the McChicken (and the Hot 'n Spicy) could be ordered as a Buffalo Ranch McChicken, which is a McChicken with Buffalo and Ranch sauce instead of mayonnaise, or a Bacon Buffalo Ranch, which is a Buffalo Ranch McChicken with bacon. As of June 2015, the Hot 'n Spicy is no longer available nationally.

The Jalapeño Cheddar McChicken, a McChicken with jalapeño peppers sauce and a slice of white cheddar cheese, was available in 2011 and 2012.[23]

McDonald's restaurants in Hong Kong, Singapore[24] and India[25] serve a McSpicy variant, with a larger, crispier patty with increased spiciness and flavor. The spicy variant is also available as the Double McSpicy, which consists of two spicy chicken patties.[citation needed]

Outlets in Taiwan serve the Hot n' Spicy variant, which is available on a traditional bread bun or a formed rice bun[citation needed], while locations in Malaysia serve a variant similar to the McSpicy called the Spicy Chicken McDeluxe but with a cornmeal bun.[26]

Teriyaki, cheddar and more

In Hawaii, the Ala Moana Shopping Center McDonald's sells the McTeriChicken variant, a McChicken with teriyaki ("teri") sauce. "Teri" is heavily used in Hawaii and has been added to various McDonald's sandwiches, such as the McTeri Burger.[27]

In other US states, there is also another variant of the McChicken Sandwich called the Cheddar Onion McChicken, which is a McChicken with caramelized onions and a slice of white cheddar cheese, both on a toasted bun.[28][29]

Crispy McChicken chicken sandwich (Philippines)

In most countries outside of the US (such as India[30]), the McChicken comes on a sesame-seed bun and is not spicy. In Canada, the UK, Ireland, Australia (where it originally appeared as a promotional menu item but, due to its popularity, became a full-time menu item) and New Zealand, the McChicken also comes on a sesame-seed bun but with lettuce and a seasoned mayonnaise sauce called "McChicken Sauce".

In the UK, the Junior Chicken is sold as the Mayo Chicken.[31]

In Canada, the low-priced chicken option is called the Junior Chicken, which generally costs C$1.99 (as an offering on McDonald's Canada's "Value Picks" menu),[32][33] but the sandwich is only lightly spiced[citation needed]. It is referred to as the cousin of the Canadian McChicken,[34] which in turn is more akin to the US' Premium Crispy Chicken sandwich (though the latter is served on an artisan roll, instead of the sesame seed bun of its Canadian counterpart).

McDonald's restaurants in Spain serve a variant with barbecue sauce rather than mayonnaise.[35]

See also


  1. ^ "McChicken®: Chicken Sandwich". McDonald's.
  2. ^ "This Michigan State student tried to eat 100 McChicken sandwiches in 24 hours". Lansing State Journal. October 27, 2017. Retrieved November 28, 2017.
  3. ^ Brown, Natalie (2020-02-06). "Macca's launches new burgers". Retrieved 2022-02-10. McDonald's is turning up the heat with a revamp of its famous McChicken burger...
  4. ^ Kearney, Georgina (2021-12-20). "The five best-selling menu items at McDonald's of 2021 revealed". 7NEWS. Retrieved 2022-02-10. And now, the results are in, with many fans divided over the top five after the popular fries and McChicken burger were nowhere to be seen on the list.
  5. ^ Jager, Chris (2019-02-13). "Taste-Test: McDonald's New Spicy Chicken Range". Lifehacker Australia. Retrieved 2022-02-10. If you're a fan of McChicken burgers...
  6. ^ "McChicken Burger Archives". McDonald's India Blog. Retrieved 2022-02-10.
  7. ^ "Zomato: India According To Delhi Foodie". Nov 25, 2011. Retrieved 2022-02-10. We then ordered the McChicken burger...
  8. ^ "Auckland chippy comes to the rescue after McDonald's burger fail". Stuff. 2020-05-01. Retrieved 2022-02-10. Tereza Luzki's 15-year-old son was left stunned when his McChicken burger, ordered via UberEats, was delivered without any fillings this week.
  9. ^ Kilgallon, Steve (2019-10-25). "Les Orchard is probably New Zealand's most prolific fraudster". Stuff. Retrieved 2022-02-10. Over a McChicken burger and a green tea, the remarkable life story of a man who has amassed 1160 convictions and 1000 sentences of imprisonment pours forth.
  10. ^ "summer2020". McDonald's New Zealand. Retrieved 2022-02-10. Add a fresh twist to your favourite McChicken burger with the new McChicken Deluxe, now with juicy tomato and cheese.
  11. ^ Winchester, Levi; Cruse, Beth (2021-04-27). "McDonalds 'hidden' menu includes a McBrunch burger". BristolLive. Retrieved 2022-02-10. You'll need to buy one Big Mac and three McChicken burgers to make it happen... This is one of the cheaper "secret menu" items if you were to create it yourself, costing £1.69 for a double cheeseburger and £3.49 for the McChicken burger.
  12. ^ Shirley, Elysia (2021-09-03). "McFungi - McDonald's begins Trademark dispute against apparel company". Lawdit Solicitors UK. Retrieved 2022-02-10. However, in McDonald's' filing, they state that their main reasoning for submitting the opposition concerns the 'Mc' element of McFungi's slogan, as that component is famed and familiar to most, if not all, meat-eaters in the world as that belonging to McDonald's menu, featured in their ‘McChicken Burger’ and the 'McFlurry' ice creams.
  13. ^ Hughes, Lloyd (13 May 2015). "What the cluck are they doing?". PicPr. Retrieved 2022-02-10. Seemingly everyone has some horror story that happened to a friend of a friend of a friend at a fast food restaurant. Herpes from a McChicken Burger anyone? The majority are ridiculous and are given short shrift by the various head offices as not even worth commenting on.
  14. ^ Murphy, Lynne (2018-03-29). The Prodigal Tongue: The Love–Hate Relationship Between British and American English. Oneworld Publications. p. 211. ISBN 978-1-78607-270-2. ...the British are so particular about sandwiches that they use the word less than Americans do. In Britain, a sandwich is some filing between two slices of bread. Not a roll. Not a bagel. Not a baguette. Without sliced bread, it's not a sandwich. The American sandwich prototype is much like the British: savoury filings within two slices of bread. But American sandwiches are allowed to wander further from the prototype, because they interpret the 'bread' requirement more loosely. An American sandwich can be on a roll, on a bagel, on a bun, on a croissant, and at breakfast time, on an English muffin...
  15. ^ "How the fried chicken sandwich clawed its way to the top of Toronto's fast-food chain". Toronto Life. October 11, 2017. Retrieved November 7, 2017.
  16. ^ "Sarasota Herald-Tribune - Google News Archive Search".
  17. ^ "Charlotte: Search Results".
  18. ^ "Dollar Menu & More". McDonald's USA. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  19. ^ "Our Food, Your Questions: McDonald's Food Facts". Mcdonald's. Retrieved 2017-11-07.
  20. ^ "McChicken Variety: Jalapeño Cheddar McChicken, Cheddar Onion McChicken, Hot 'N Spicy McChicken". Grub Grade. 14 April 2011. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  21. ^ "McDonald's chickens out". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  22. ^ "News: McDonald's - New Hot 'n Spicy McChicken on the Dollar Menu". Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  23. ^ "Review: McDonald's - Jalapeño Cheddar McChicken". Brand Eating. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  24. ^ "McSpicy™". McDonald's Singapore. Archived from the original on 2012-09-27. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  25. ^ "Spicy Press Release" (PDF). McDonald's India. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2012-06-17. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  26. ^ "i'm lovin' it! McDonald's® Malaysia". McDonald's Malaysia. Archived from the original on 2012-03-19. Retrieved 2012-03-19.
  27. ^ "Unique McDonald's Food Items in Hawaii". Mr. Cheap Stuff. 4 August 2007.
  28. ^ "Review: McDonald's - Cheddar Onion McChicken". Brand Eating. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  29. ^ "News: McDonald's Jalapeño Cheddar and Cheddar Onion McChicken in San Diego". Brand Eating. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  30. ^ "What You Can and Can't Get at McDonald's India". Indiamarks. 14 June 2012. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  31. ^ "Mayo Chicken". McDonald's United Kingdom. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  32. ^ "Value Picks®". McDonald's Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  33. ^ "Junior Chicken". McDonald's Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
  34. ^ "What is the difference between a Junior Chicken sandwich and a McChicken?". McDonald's Canada. Archived from the original on 2015-06-17. Retrieved 2015-06-17.
  35. ^ "Chicken Burger BBQ". McDonald's España. Archived from the original on 2018-02-08. Retrieved 2018-02-07.

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