How Many Chicken Nuggets Are in That Giant Chicken?

By Rae Paoletta on at

By now, you’ve definitely seen or at least heard of The Big Chicken. He is large. He contains multitudes. And he is most certainly real.

While I’m not a chicken expert myself, judging by his phenotypes (i.e. extremely large and incredibly fluffy), he’s likely a Brahma chicken—a massive bird originally from India, traditionally kept as a pet. And although most of the internet has spent the last few days ruminating on whether or not the chicken is real, a bigger question remains: How many chicken nuggets could you get out of this big-ass bird?

Getting to the bottom of this delicious mystery is not as easy as it sounds. For one thing, it’s unclear how much actual chicken is distributed to each nugget—but, for the purposes of this rudimentary calculation, we’ll assume that each chicken is 100 percent real meat, which it most certainly is not. That said, we do know that a pack of four McDonalds chicken nuggets is around 64 grams. Thus, 64 divided by four yields 16 grams each.

Next, we need to ascertain a little more of this beastly chicken’s info. According to the Livestock Conservancy, Brahma chickens can weigh up to 8.16 kilos - or 8,160 grams. So, by simply dividing 8160 by 16, we arrive at 510 Chicken McNuggets and some change in this Thicc Chicken.

That said, The Big Chicken is so much more than a viral sensation or a vessel for nuggets—he’s an icon. I, for one, would welcome him as my feathery overlord—or my lunch.