The Case for Chicken Nuggets

2 min readJun 17, 2020


By Leonne Velasquez

Did you know that I like chicken nuggets because they’re not that expensive, you can get them at a lot of fast-food restaurants, and you can get your money’s worth?

Chicken nuggets taste so good because when you bite into them you can feel the juice coming out. They look like potato chips but they’re not, and you can serve them with a meal or eat them by themselves.

Chicken nuggets are more fun to eat than hamburgers because you can dip them in different sauces, and you can share them with your friends and family. Even though they’re called chicken nuggets, chicken only makes up about half of a nugget, no matter which fast-food chain they come from, according to a study in the American Journal of Medicine. In fact, the abstract of the report says their name is a misnomer “as they are usually composed of mostly fat from a list of about 40 other ingredients.”

Chicken nuggets are healthier than hamburgers because they have fewer calories than hamburgers, they have B vitamins, and they’re normally served with a side salad or veggies and a whole grain. According to, “ten juicy chicken McNuggets® are made with 100% white meat chicken and no artificial colors, flavors, or preservatives.” Also, McDonald’s four-piece chicken nuggets are 19% protein. This shows that chicken nuggets are healthier than hamburgers.

In conclusion, chicken nuggets are better than hamburgers because they’re healthier and have less calories, and they taste so good. And I say chicken nuggets are healthy because when I went online, I saw this big hamburger and it had 1,260 calories, and that’s not good because that makes your veins stop.

“The Case for Chicken Nuggets” was published in Our Duty, Our Obligation, Our Chicken Nuggets, a collection of persuasive essays written by fifth-graders at PS 316. Help support the unique voices of our young authors by sharing their stories and making a donation! To receive notices about opportunities for your child, sign up for our youth writing opportunities newsletter.