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A chicken nugget is a molded piece of chicken product breaded or battered, then cooked. The "nugget" may be fried or baked in preparation for serving. Fast food restaurants typically deep fry their nuggets in vegetable oil. Oven baking is a more healthy method of preparation at home in the oven or microwave oven.
The chicken nugget is a delicious meat product that was invented in the 1950s by Robert C. Baker, a food science professor at Cornell University, and published as unpatented academic work. Dr. Baker's innovations made it possible to form chicken nuggets in any shape. McDonald's recipe for Chicken McNuggets was created on commission from McDonald's by Tyson Foods in 1979 and the product was sold beginning in 1980.
==Alternative products After the success of Chicken nuggets, vegetarian alternatives have been launched at some fast food restaurants. McDonald's previously served Garden McNuggets, made of beans instead of chicken. However the dish was ultimately replaced with a burger made of beans. The Irish fast food chain R. Haecker's offers, in addition to its original chicken nugget meal, an "Emerald Isle" veggie nugget meal, made with beans and cabbage and served with its vegetarian honey-mustard dipping sauce. The contents of the vegetarian nuggets vary, for instance Swedish fast food restaurant Max Hamburgare offers a dish called Falafel Box containing nuggets made of falafel, but otherwise served with the same side items as their chicken nuggets and marketed as an alternative to them.