A day at mcdonald’s

by Barry Lewis


Good quality potatoes – such as russet potatoes

Olive oil for baking the potatoes

Vegetable oil for frying nuggets

80g plain flour

40g tempura mix

pinch salt

1/2tsp celery powder

1/2tsp onion powder

1/2tsp pepper

1/2tsp garlic powder

pack of chicken mince

Barry teams up with McDonald’s learning how their fries and nuggets are sourced, cooking in an actual McDonald’s & making homemade nuggets & fries at home! #goodtoknow

This is a sponsored video from McDonald’s UK, but it was genuinely a fascinating day out. I’m sure procedures vary from Country to Country, but for me, here in the UK, it was awesome to go behind the scenes and see what happens and get my own opinion!

At the end of the video there is also my spin on homemade chicken nuggets and fries – essentially a DIY Happy Meal recipe…. here’s how you do it.

For the nuggets roll the chicken mince on a chopping board between two sheets of baking parchment, then shape into nugget shapes.

In a large ziplock bag shake together the flour, tempura mix and seasonings. Also get your bowl of beaten egg ready to one side. Place a nugget shape into the egg, then shake in the flour to coat, dip again in the egg, then again in the flour. Repeat with all the nugget shapes then place in the freezer to firm up for a good hour.

When ready to cook, get some vegetable oil in a fryer nice and hot to 190c and give each nugget one more dunk in the egg and flour mixture before frying for a couple of minutes until golden brown. Carefully transfer to kitchen towel before placing on a baking tray and baking for ten minutes. Oven should be at Gas Mark 6 or equivalent (see conversion table)

For the fries, peel and slice them thinly into matchstick shapes and pat dry the potatoes with a tea towel to remove any starch. Scatter on a baking tray, drizzle with oil, mix to coat briefly and bake for 35 minutes or until golden brown turning halfway during baking. The oven should be at Gas Mark 6 or equivalent (see conversion table)

Serve with a pot of ketchup and a season of salt & pepper if you wish. Super yummy!