|A Dollar Menu McChicken sold in the United States. This is equivalent to the Canadian Jr. Chicken Sandwich.|
|Nutritional value per serving|
|Serving size||1 sandwich, 5.1 oz (143 g)|
|Energy||360 kcal (1,500 kJ)|
|Carbohydrates||40 g (13%)|
|- Sugars||5 g|
|- Dietary fiber||2 g (7%)|
|Fat||16 g (25%)|
|- saturated||3 g (15%)|
|Vitamin A||45 IU|
|Vitamin C||1 mg (1%)|
|Calcium||120 mg (12%)|
|Iron||2.5 mg (19%)|
|Sodium||800 mg (53%)|
|Energy from fat||140 kcal (590 kJ)|
|Cholesterol||35 mg (11%)|
|May vary outside the United States.
Percentages are relative to
US recommendations for adults.
Source: McDonald's USA Product Nutrition
The McChicken is a chicken sandwich sold by the international fast-food chain McDonald's in several countries. The sandwich consists of a toasted wheat bun, a breaded chicken breast meat patty, shredded lettuce, and mayonnaise.
The sandwich, originally introduced in 1980 by Andrew Clark and Justice Newcomb, proved to be a sales disappointment, and was later replaced with the highly successful Chicken McNuggets. Following the success of McNuggets, the McChicken was reintroduced in 1988.
The current McChicken sandwich recipe is somewhat spicier than the original. Additionally, in the United States, the sandwich is somewhat smaller than it was previously, as it is now on the Dollar Menu, which offers various food products for the price of US$1.00.
The shaped chicken patty in the McChicken sandwich used to be 50% white meat and 50% dark meat. As of late 2007, McDonald's commenced advertising that the McChicken contains only 100% white meat.
In certain regions and at specific McDonald's franchises, the McChicken is adapted to appeal to the local population's tastes.
A toasted bun version of the McChicken sold in the United States is also sold in Canada, for C$1.39 as an offering on its "Value Picks" menu, as the Junior Chicken and in the United Kingdom as the Mayo Chicken.
Variants in the US 
In the south and southwestern parts of the US, the Hot 'n Spicy variant is sold; whereas, in Hawaii, the Ala Moana Shopping Center McDonald's sells the McTeriChicken variant, a McChicken with teriyaki ("teri") sauce. "Teri" is heavily used in Hawaii and has been applied in various McDonald's sandwiches, such as the McTeri Burger. As of March 2013, McDonald's has introduced the Hot 'n Spicy variant of the McChicken nationally as part of its Dollar Menu, which consists of many of the McDonald's items costing just one dollar.
Other variants in some states and currently in test marketing include the Jalapeño Cheddar McChicken, a McChicken with jalapeño peppers sauce and a slice of white cheddar cheese, and the Cheddar Onion McChicken, a McChicken with caramelized onions and a slice of white cheddar cheese, both on a toasted bun.
Variants outside the US 
In most countries outside of the US, such as India, the McChicken comes on a sesame-seed bun and is not spicy. In Canada, Australia (where it originally appeared as a promotional menu item but, due to its popularity, became a full-time menu item), and New Zealand, the McChicken comes on a sesame-seed bun with lettuce and "McChicken Sauce" and is lightly spiced.
McDonald's restaurants in Singapore and India serve a spicy McSpicy variant. Previously, the sandwich was for a time known as the "Cajun McChicken"; but, the name was changed to just "McChicken" around 2000, when a milder, softer chicken patty was introduced. The spicy variant is also available as the "Double McSpicy", which consists of two spicy chicken patties.
See also 
- "McChicken®". McDonald's Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Dollar Menu". McDonald's USA. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Value Picks®". McDonald's Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Junior Chicken". McDonald's Canada. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Mayo Chicken". McDonald's United Kingdom. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "McChicken Variety: Jalapeno Cheddar McChicken, Cheddar Onion McChicken, Hot ‘N Spicy McChicken". Grub Grade. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Unique McDonald's Food Items in Hawaii". Mr. Cheap Stuff.
- "Review: McDonald's - Jalapeno Cheddar McChicken". Brand Eating. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Review: McDonald's - Cheddar Onion McChicken". Brand Eating. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "News: McDonald's Jalapeno Cheddar and Cheddar Onion McChicken in San Diego". Brand Eating. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "What You Can and Can't Get at McDonald's India". Indiamarks. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "McSpicy™". McDonald's Singapore. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "Spicy Press Release". McDonald's India. Retrieved 2012-08-11.
- "i'm lovin' it! McDonald's® Malaysia". McDonald's Malaysia. Retrieved 2012-03-19.