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Love McNuggets? Thank The People Of Knoxville

If you love McDonald's chicken nuggets and are looking for someone to hate for your unhealthy addiction, don't blame the employees of McDonalds. Instead point a finger to the residents of Knoxville, Tennessee. Before chicken nuggets made their debut at McDonald's in 1983 (I'm older than the chicken nugget, who knew?) Ronald and his crew had to test market the bites of fried goodness and they chose Knoxville as the lucky city to evaluate their popularity. On today's date, 27 years ago, the chicken nugget was first offered in Knoxville's McDonalds. They were such a hit Ronald and co. had to quickly look for a secondary supplier of "chicken" (how much real chicken goes into producing the nuggets?). The rest of the story is, of course, history as McDonald's has made chicken nuggets one of America's most well liked finger foods.

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mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
seriously soup?!?! i love those! i'd eat them everyday if i could :(
celebrity_soup celebrity_soup 10 years
used to eat them alot! not anymore :D
kendallina kendallina 10 years
I worked in Knoxville and I never heard this nugget of McNuggets history. So very interesting.
kimretta kimretta 10 years
I loved these so much as a kid, but as I got older they started to taste really chewy and weird to me. maybe I should give the all-white-meat version a try. on a related note, when I was in college, nugget day was always the most exciting day in the dining hall.
ZergGirl ZergGirl 10 years
Tested in Knoxville? hahah, no wonder they got such a good response....here in the South, if you dip something in flour and throw it in hot oil, we will eat it! And ask for seconds! :)
Maggie-Mae Maggie-Mae 10 years
There was a time before McNuggets?! How did people survive?
LaLaLaurie06 LaLaLaurie06 10 years
Now that they've made them all white meat, the chicken nugget experience is much better. BK has good ones, too. Those chicken fries=dee-lish. But I haven't had either in about a year. Sadness.
kscincotta kscincotta 10 years
I much prefer the chicken tenders at BK. Yum. Was anyone else really bothered when McD's started advertising that the McNuggets were now being made with white meat? It really made me worried about what they used to be made of!
nicolevanmeter nicolevanmeter 10 years
Man, I didn't know I was older than the McNuggets either. I love them and will treat myself every now and then!
mandiesoh mandiesoh 10 years
oh man i love love love nuggets! Molly, im with you on this, BUT i do think that McNuggets are tastier! :p did McD brainwash me or what?! LOL
theotherhalfofme theotherhalfofme 10 years
i am not big fan of the nuggest!! they tast to somewhat chemical to me.
Mme-Hart Mme-Hart 10 years
Ooh i remember when they came out! I like the strips better than the nuggets...nuggest are too gelatenous (sp??) or something for me. Anyone else remember McDonald's Pizza??
Molly Molly 10 years
I do love McNuggets. In fact, I love nuggets with or without the Mc. I do. I do.
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